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Griffin III ‘Even Better Than Advertised’

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 21, 2012 – 3:14 pm

(Photo by ExtremeSkins)

Before the season, many experts weren’t sure how Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s game would immediately translate into the NFL.

Sure, Griffin III came with lots of hype, winning the Heisman Trophy Award in 2011 while at Baylor and drawing comparisons to quarterbacks like John Elway, Cam Newton and Michael Vick.

But through two weeks of the regular season — and with an NFC Offensive Player of the Week award already under his belt — most can now agree that Griffin III has, thus far, lived up to the hype.

This notion was proven by NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal, who this week labeled Griffin III as “even better than advertised” for his power ratings of league quarterbacks.

Griffin III, the second overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, was joined by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the first overall pick in April, as “even better than advertised.”

“We’re hesitant to crown these guys just two weeks in, but man they look so good, so fast,” Rosenthal wrote. “The bar has been raised. Would you rather have Luck and RG3 this year or the tier below?”

“Even better than advertised” category is the fourth-best category on Rosenthal’s list, which includes:

“Top Shelf:” Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Tom Brady (New England)
“Next level:” Drew Brees (New Orleans), Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh), Newton (Carolina), Peyton Manning (Denver), Eli Manning (New York Giants), Tony Romo (Dallas) and Philip Rivers (San Diego)
“Knocking on the door:” Matt Ryan (Atlanta), Matthew Stafford (Detroit) and Joe Flacco (Baltimore)
“Better than advertised:” Griffin III and Luck
“Boxes of chocolates:” Michael Vick (Atlanta) and Jay Cutler (Chicago)
– “Middle of the pack:” Matt Schaub (Houston), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Sam Bradford (St. Louis), Andy Dalton (Cincinnati) and Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay)
– “Tier Hope:” Christian Ponder (Minnesota), Russell Wilson (Seattle), Carson Palmer (Oakland), Matt Cassel (Kansas City), Jake Locker (Tennessee), Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo)
– “Prove us wrong:” Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville), Kevin Kolb (Arizona) and Brandon Weeden (Cleveland)

Griffin III gets his third chance to shine at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals come to FedExField for the Redskins’ 2012 home opener. Perhaps a few more performances like he’s had thus far will bump him up Rosenthal’s scale.

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5 Responses to “Griffin III ‘Even Better Than Advertised’”

  1. By Steve Leighton on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Santa Claus came early this year for the Red Skins. RGlll is fantastic.U de man bring us to a super bowl.

  2. By kevo the moneylova on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Rg3 is not playing like he a rookie he playing like a vet … Year 2 he will be even better nd harder to stop…redskins can be a playoff team but we need everybody to be hungary to win…offense been playing good but defense been a no show for the season so far

  3. By robert griffin the turd on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think Griffin hit his NFL peak in the first half of the Saints game. Saints were able to shut him down in the second half. His 2 touchdown drives came from a bogus pass interference call that put the ball on the 1 and a Gomes INT that put the ball on the 3. In the Rams game he was ineffective throwing the ball. With any Nfl player, you remove his biggest play of the game and look at his stats from there to measure consistency. Take away the 68 yarder to Hankerson, which was only abled by a double-reverse fake, and you have him at 19/28 for 138 yds, and 1 INT. He also had 2 clear INTs dropped. Would you rather have a RB go 10 times for 100yds with his biggest run being 90 yds? or a RB that goes 10 for 100yds with the longest being 15? Highlight plays are all we will get from Griffin. If you want true consitency, look elsewhere. ( Bradford last week) All Griffin has right now is his running plays which will make the game look more competitive than it really is.

  4. By Rg3is4real on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    ok lets take away his biggest play….his completion % would still be right at 70% ….let me repeat that 70 % for just the second game. I could play the same game and say if his receiver (Robinson) catches the 64 yard pass that was in his hands his almost 300 yards passing and 2 td passes. Every body had almost interceptions even brady and manning….oh he had three this week. this is a rookie man wake up man. I expect him to have some off games but hes the real deal. httr

  5. By TC on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Rg3is4real I agree with you wholeheartedly, not to mention his heart and leadership on the field. I will echo what you said “THIS IS A ROOKIE.” His stock is going up in every sector of opinion. Even the critical NFL network who was hoping he would fail is now projecting based on qb rating and field presence that this guy is worth the pics given up and the hype. They threw Tim Tebow out of Denver for Elway and he three three pics in that game with all-world experince. RG3 is a smart young athlete that is going to hold up a Lombardy trophie in the near future. Keep watching “Turd” “the ball don’t lie”

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