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Peter King Gives RGIII’s Debut An A-

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 10, 2012 – 3:52 pm

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For those of you who have been asleep for the past 12 or so hours, Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III made his NFL debut last night in the team’s preseason opener at the Buffalo Bills.

Luckily for you, www.redskins.com was all over the coverage, if you need to play catch-up.

Also offering his assertion of Griffin III’s performance was Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King, who gave the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner an A- after completing 4 of 6 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins’ 7-6 win.

King wrote that Griffin III should’ve been extremely happy with his performance against the Bills.

“The stats were good (4-of-6, 70 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, a 145.3 rating), but the other facets of his short night of work — the presence, the confidence running a new offense for the first time against a team trying to hit him, the touch on two arcing throws — were more impressive,” King wrote. “Griffin didn’t play like a rookie. He played like a third-year player used to his offense and the play-calls.”


That’s pretty high praise right there.

Griffin III, by the way, is used to earning grades like A-minuses — he earned several academic awards during his time at Baylor University.

If Griffin III can keep improving on the field, King cautiously sees the possibility of big things for the rookie quarterback.

“With opening day four weeks away, Washington has to feel good about how Griffin is digesting what coach Mike Shanahan is asking him to do,” King wrote. “Earlier in the week, at Redskins camp in Virginia, running back Tim Hightower said Griffin “definitely has that pressure on his shoulders” to take the Redskins to the Super Bowl.” For the first time in a while, the Redskins at least have hope they’ve got a quarterback to help them compete for one.”

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One Response to “Peter King Gives RGIII’s Debut An A-”

  1. By Spitfire71 on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    I guess King must have docked him a couple of points for that botched handoff to Royster, because I didn’t see him do much else wrong his entire time in the game. It’s worth noting that, out of his two incompletions, one of them was a pass that Garcon caught that may or may not have actually been a completion (Shanny didn’t burn a challenge – I think because he didn’t want to deal with the headache of the replacement refs trying to sort through things), and another ball that was right on target and dropped by a receiver. So all 6 balls RG3 threw yesterday were right on the money – and for my money, that’s pretty impressive.

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