Do Believe The Hype: Robert Griffin III Is All That and Then Some

By Greg Bradshaw

When the Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL draft, they were hoping they were selecting a franchise quarterback that would bring clarity to the position.

The statistics for Griffin III’s first game reads as follows: he completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns. And by the way, he didn’t throw an interception either. That was a major problem last season for Redskins’ fans.

It looks like the Redskins finally hit the quarterback jackpot for the man nicknamed “RG3”.

He outplayed perennial All-Pro New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in his own building. His first touchdown pass went for 88 yards to Pierre Garcon. He made unheralded wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (who?) look like Jerry Rice. He kept drives going and scored points for the Redskins, 40 to be exact, in a 40-32 upset victory.

Griffin III did carry the ball ten times for 42 yards as well. Redskins’ fans should hope that their prized rookie quarterback doesn’t have to run very often. If he does, it could open him up to injury in the future. And yes, Griffin III was hit a couple of times by the Saints’ pass rush. But he was given time to use his speed and elusiveness to get out of the pocket and complete passes downfield.

And the fact that he was sacked only once is a tribute to the much embattled offensive line of Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, and Tyler Polumbus.

While the Washington faithful should be pleased about the Redskins’ performance, they shouldn’t get too giddy. New Orleans is not a top defensive team. Washington will have to play teams like the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Dallas Cowboys.

Each of those teams exhibit the kind of defensive pressure that would wilt the spirit of great veteran quarterbacks, much less a rookie. But at least the Saints’ victory gives some hope for Washington Redskins’ fans everywhere.

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