The Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and they have been both excited and disappointed by what they have seen so far. Griffin tore his ACL at the end of his rookie season, and certainly wasn’t fully ready to play at 100 percent during last season. He looked very nervous and scared of taking hits, and he simply wasn’t the playmaker that he was for the majority of his rookie year.
All of that being said, according to Redskins’ offensive coordinator Sean McVay, Griffin looks very explosive thus far during offseason workouts.
“I don’t think there’s any question: he looks explosive. He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season. I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you. … So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive. And when you’re a quarterback that has the ability to kind of buy time with your legs, keep your eyes downfield and then if guys are playing with their back to the quarterback, now he’s got a chance to take off and run it and create yards that way. So I think that’s going to be a big part of what he does.” -McVay said, via The Washington Post.
Griffin ended up playing in 13 regular season games last season before being sat out for the final three due to precaution. It was a tale of two seasons for him, however, as he threw for 3,203 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He did a better job of steering clear of big hits, but it also seemed that he was terrified of taking normal hits at times.
It is certainly good news for the Redskins that their offensive coordinator feels like Griffin is looking as good as he was when he was drafted. Knee injuries are extremely hard to come back from, especially for a player who puts himself in harms way because of his ability to run the football. If he truly is back to 100 percent, this could be something that helps get the Redskins back to being a competitive football team next season.
Overall, this will be a very telling season when it comes down to Griffin. He will need to bounce back from his inconsistent year and get back to being the leader that the Redskins drafted him to be.