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Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III With Plenty to Prove Against Philadelphia Eagles

Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

When the Philadelphia Eagles open the 2013 season next Monday night at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins, they’ll be doing so against a quarterback who appears to be a man on a mission.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III gets the start under center just nine months after tearing the ACL and LCL in his knee in the NFC wild card round last January against the Seattle Seahawks. He told reporters Wednesday via a conference call at the Novacare Complex that he doesn’t expect to miss a beat in his return.

“You always have to go out there and play like you’ve never been gone,” Griffin III said. “I won’t be thinking about the knee, I’ll be out there trying to do whatever I can to beat a tough Eagles team.”

Griffin completed 258 passes for 3,200 with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions his rookie season and swept the Eagles in the teams’ two meetings. However, Griffin acknowledged Wednesday that there isn’t much to be learned from watching the film of the division rivals’ most recent matchups.

“The Eagles are a completely new team,” Griffin said. “They brought in a lot of new faces to try and win some football games.”

One of the more intriguing aspects of the season opener is the showdown between Griffin and Michael Vick that this game presents. Vick of course is the 12-year veteran who many of today’s new age running quarterbacks, including the likes of Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick among others, look up to.

“Michael Vick was a guy growing up that it was hard not to watch,” Griffin explained. “He’s always done great things in this league and paved the way for a lot of guys like me. He’s been through a lot both on and off the field and it’s great to see him still finding success.”

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