Mere days after losing 27-23 to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, sensational Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he doesn’t intend to hold back veteran teammates while learning how to play in the NFL with a “rookie type of mindset.”
The 6-foot-2, 217 pound Griffin, who the Skins nabbed out of Baylor University with the second choice in April’s draft, connected on 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns in defeat against the Giants (5-2).
“There are guys on this team that don’t have three, four years to wait for me to develop, and continue to use the excuse that I’m a young quarterback,” said Griffin, 22, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner who also recorded 89 yards on nine carries in the swamps of Jersey on Sunday.
Griffin, who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in September, has completed an astounding 70.4% of his passes for seven touchdowns, in comparison to three interceptions, and 1,601 yards over seven games.
The former Bear, who graduated in three years with a 3.67 GPA in political science and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Combine in February, has also rushed for 468 yards and six scores.
Last autumn, “The Burgundy and Gold” compiled a paltry 5-11 mark and missed the playoffs for the 16th time in the past 19 seasons while starting their 21st passer since 1993.
Hence, desperate Redskins suits, onlookers and fans have extraordinary expectations for the burgeoning superstar with blazing speed and an otherworldly arm.
Unsurprisingly, considering RG3’s competitiveness, the already elite signal-caller believes he should surpass the immense hype.
At 3-4 and being led by Griffin, an unrivaled talent who possesses all the necessary physical skills and leadership qualities to dominate the NFL landscape for the next decade in “The District,” the Redskins future is gleaming.
Nevertheless, Washington is not equipped to do much more than entertain this year.
Griffin, a native of Japan who flourished as a three-sport star in basketball, football and track at Copperas Cove High School in Texas, signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $21.1 million on July 18.
Fortunately for Washington, with Robert Griffin III under center, Redskins supporters won’t “have three, four years to wait” to again become legitimate championship contenders for the first time since the 1991 campaign.by