Robert Griffin III ready for the next step

RG3: ‘I’m ready': One of the repeated caveats about the rehabilitation of Robert Griffin III would be the need to prevent him from rushing back too fast. We’ll see how well those warnings hold now that the quarterback is chomping at the bit to step things up in training camp. Griffin told reporters Monday that he’s “ready to move on from 7-on-7s,” though he concedes that he still won’t play in the preseason. His work so far in training camp gives a strong impression that he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season. Whether he gets the starting nod remains to be seen, but it’s looking more and more like Griffin will have increased draft value heading into the 2013 campaign.

Heyward-Bey out of practice: In the race to see who will line up opposite Reggie Wayne in the Colts starting lineup, Darrius Heyward-Bey could find himself trailing after leaving practice over the weekend with a sprained knee. Heyward-Bey’s chief competition comes from second-year player T.Y. Hilton, who has been drawing rave reviews from Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano. As a matter of fact, the two players have divergent reputations among fantasy owners — while Hilton is rising up the rankings as a sleeper candidate, Heyward-Bey’s spotty track record makes him much more of a risk-reward option. Any injury that keeps him out of action won’t help.

Dreessen out of training camp: It appears that Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen won’t be available for the remainder of training camp as he prepares for a second arthroscopic knee surgery. That will leave Denver’s offense without one of its top red zone options for an unknown amount of time. While Dreessen saw just 58 targets last season — fifth-most on the club — he was the third-most targeted Bronco in the red zone with 11 passes thrown his way. Whether he’s available for the start of the regular season remains to be seen. In the meantime, look for Jacob Tamme to pick up the slack … once he’s back to work, that is.

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