Robert Griffin III remains on an accelerated schedule in his return from surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Washington Redskins quarterback told reporters Thursday that he's been doing more light sprinting, has been cleared for cross-field drills and ran two miles earlier in the week. His next step is to graduate to "explosive sprinting," but he realizes he has to be "patiently aggressive."

Griffin's most interesting revelation Thursday was that the injury has allowed him to do more film study, both on his own and with coaches. With his knee currently slowing him down, Griffin already sees progress in going through his reads and progressions rather than opting to take off and run when pressured.

Griffin previously has insisted that he's definitely on a timeline for a Week 1 return. To this point, we've seen nothing that would lead us to believe that will not be the case. As Dr. James Andrews put it earlier this offseason, Griffin and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson simply are exceptional natural athletes and genetic freaks.