Adrian Peterson pulled it off in 2012, and now it’s Robert Griffin III’s turn to be the NFL’s own miracle.
Griffin and his surgically repaired ACL have been cleared for the Washington Redskins’ season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and will get the Week 1 start. After taking only eight months to recover from a career-threatening injury, D.C.’s star quarterback is on the verge of a historic bounce-back season.
More than likely, the Redskins will ask RG3 to run less while implementing less read-option plays into the offense. Even if that’s the case, Griffin shouldn’t have too much trouble taking advantage of defenses with his arm. He completed 65.6 percent of his passes last season for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions while compiling a 102.4 passer rating. Those aren’t the stats of a one-dimensional quarterback.
But the best part is that those stats are set to soar this upcoming season.
After facing a serious scare in only his first NFL campaign, Griffin is going to play smarter and work harder than anyone on the Redskins’ roster. Not only will he learn to avoid putting his body at risk, but he’ll find better ways to pick up big yards and give opposing defensive coordinators headaches. He’s clearly learned from his mistakes from a year ago, and is going to make the most of every single opportunity now that he’s back to full strength.
Griffin is as driven of a player as you’ll find in the NFL. After enjoying a phenomenal rookie year in 2012 and battling back from a devastating knee injury, the former No. 2 overall pick isn’t going to let anything stand in the way of having a historic season in 2013.
People worried when Peterson started Week 1, and it turned out way better than anyone could have predicted. That will be exactly the case for RG3 this upcoming season.