Robert Griffin III wants Bryce Harper to teach him how to slide

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he would be open to the idea of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper teaching him how to slide.

“I mean, if Bryce [Harper] wants to do that I’m definitely up for that. Bryce, we can do that if you want to, buddy,” Griffin said via the team’s website.

Harper will have some extra time to help Griffin after the Nationals’ season concludes Sunday.

Griffin has struggled to slide properly in games.  He took an awkward plop to avoid a hit near the sideline at the end of the third-quarter of Sunday’s game against Detroit.  He also fumbled on a fourth-quater drive during a head-first dive.

“The problem is I’m not a great slider, should I say,” Griffin said. “I know how to slide, but I don’t know how to baseball slide, and I think that’s what they’re talking about. But there is just more of an emphasis on sliding feet-first as opposed to going forward since that rule is in place. It protects you as a quarterback going backwards, going feet\-first, so that’s what you’ve got to do, so just make a mental note of that and try to slide feet-first.”

Ever since his severe knee injury, Griffin has heard the importance of sliding on runs to protect himself.  He admits he worked on his slide in training camp.

“I did in training camp and everything… You basically run up to a defender and you slide [laughter]. It’s easier to slide with football pants on. The slickness of the pants, I know I’m going a little too deep here, but the slickness of the pants helps you slide. When you have shorts on and stuff like that, it’s a little less conducive to sliding on the practice field, but I have.”

The Redskins (0-3) travel to Oakland to play the Raiders (1-2) on Sunday.

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