He’s yet to play a snap in an NFL game, but it seems football experts everywhere just can’t help but attempt to try to figure out how Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III will fare in his upcoming rookie season.
And at least one projection already sees Griffin III breaking some team records.
ESPN.com on Tuesday afternoon released a Fantasy Rountable discussion about Griffin III, which included a panel of fantasy football and NFL experts gabbing about how they thought the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner would do in 2012.
Much of the discussion was directed towards comparing Griffin III’s upcoming rookie year to the rookie year of Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton, who last season threw for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns through the air while adding 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground en route to being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
ESPN Insider NFL Analyst KC Joyner believes Griffin III has a shot at producing similar numbers this season.
“He can raise the play of everyone around him,” Joyner said. “So you could give him a great receiver and he could be productive, but you could give him solid receivers. And I think the Redskins have upgraded their receiving core dramatically. I think he could run as much as you want him to — so he could do things of that nature. I think he could get 500 yards rushing. I think he’s got about a 20 percent chance, maybe 30 percent chance to break some of Newton’s passing records last year.”
ESPN’s 2012 statistical projections for Griffin III, meanwhile, indicate the rookie won’t be quite as productive as Newton was in Carolina last season.
Here’s how ESPN thinks Griffin III will fare in 2012:
Passing yards: 3,132
Rushing yards: 436
Rushing touchdowns: 6
In terms of all-time Redskins’ quarterback single-season performances, a rookie season like that for Griffin III would rank him 17th best in passing yards, tied for 23rd best in passing touchdowns and he would be No. 1 all-time in single-season rushing yards and touchdowns.
Top single-season passing yards performances by Redskins quarterbacks (via pro-football-reference.com):
1. Jay Schroeder (1986): 4,109 yards
2. Brad Johnson (1999): 4,005 yards
3. Mark Rypien (1989): 3,768 yards
4. Sonny Jurgensen (1967): 3,747 yards
5. Joe Theismann (1983): 3,714 yards
Top single-season touchdown performances by Redskins quarterbacks:
1. Sonny Jurgensen (1967): 31 touchdowns
2. Joe Theismann (1983): 29 touchdowns
3. Mark Rypien (1991): 28 touchdowns
3. Sonny Jurgensen (1966): 28 touchdowns
5. Sammy Baugh (1947): 25 touchdowns
Top single-season rushing performances by Redskins quarterbacks:
1. Joe Theismann (1984): 62 attempts, 314 yards, 1 touchdown
2. Jason Campbell (2008): 47 attempts, 258 yards, 1 touchdown
3. Ralph Guglielmi (1960): 79 attempts, 247 yards, 0 touchdowns
4. Jason Campbell (2009): 46 attempts, 236 yards, 1 touchdown
5. Joe Theismann (1983): 37 attempts, 234 yards, 1 touchdown
I’d imagine even these same experts couldn’t have predicted Cam Newton would’ve had the season he had last year for the Panthers, so, although the comparisons will be hard to avoid, I’d just hope Griffin III’s presence eventually has more influence in the win column — and then the stats will take care of themselves.
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