According to USA Today’s Jim Corbett, Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III has looked “like a different QB” during organized team activities.
The 24-year-old Griffin, who clearly never recovered from reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee, didn’t resemble the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year after hastily returning last summer.
Now, roughly 17 months removed from undergoing the knife, Griffin appears “effortless in his drops and throwing mechanics without that ball and chain knee brace.”
Plus, partially to protect RG3, new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he will only periodically use the read-option this season.
Under the supervision of the Shanahan’s, Griffin has operated the read-option on 201-of-972 (20.6 percent) running plays since taking the helm in 2012.
Accordingly, Kim Kardashian’s wet dream has absorbed an abnormal number of blows on the gridiron.
Fortunately, Gruden’s traditional brand of football should help RG3 remain upright and healthy to compete in a collision sport.
With the Shanahan’s instructing a quasi gimp, Griffin employed hideous mechanics, regressed, and only hit 60.1 percent of his 456 attempts.
Overall, RG3 tossed 16 scores, against 12 interceptions, for 3,203 yards in 13 contests.
Reportedly again able to finish the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, Griffin added 489 yards on the ground.
While stranded in the basement of the NFC East at 3-10 and directing the league’s 23rd ranked attack, Mike Shanahan benched Griffin in favor of Kirk Cousins.
Considering that Griffin had displayed horrific footwork, looked slow as a runner and was tentative in the pocket, Cousins deserved an opportunity under center.
Regardless, now recuperated, being taught by Gruden, and having DeSean Jackson as a target, expect Griffin to reemerge as a dominant playmaker this autumn.
In fact, anything but a “cornball brother,” Robert Griffin III will earn 2014 Comeback Player of the Year honors “without that ball and chain knee brace.”by