Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month, the league announced this morning.
He’s the first Redskins rookie to win the award since offensive tackle Chris Samuels in October, 2000. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month last September.
Through four weeks of the 2012 regular season, it’s the most notable of Griffin III’s building list of accolades that also include NFC Offensive Player of the Week, FedExAir Player of the Week and Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week (Griffin III is a candidate for Rookie of the Week again this week; those results will be released Friday). Griffin III is also already considered by some to be an early-season MVP candidate.
Through the first four games of his professional career, Griffin III has completed 86-of-124 passes (69.4 percent) for 1,070 yards with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.2. Last Sunday, he became one of three players in NFL history to pass for more than 1,000 yards in the first four weeks of a rookie season, joining Carolina’s Cam Newton (2011) and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill (2012). Griffin III leads all rookies in passing yardage, completion percentage and passer rating.
With 180 passing yards on Sunday, Griffin III can join Newton as only the second player in history to throw for 1,250 yards in the first five games of his rookie season.
Today’s announcement gives us a chance to reflect on one of the — if not the — best rookie debuts in Redskins history (stats courtesy of Redskins Public Relations):
Redskins Single-Game Records:
Rushing yards by a QB (since 1970):
1. Griffin III: 85 (vs. Cincinnati; Sept. 23, 2012)
2. Griffin III: 82 (vs. St. Louis; Sept. 16, 2012)
3. Joe Theismann: 64 (vs. Chicago; Nov. 9, 1980)
QB Games With 2 Rushing TDs (since 1950):
Norm Snead (2), Mark Rypien (2), Griffin III (1)
QBs with 2 Rushing TD, 1 Passing TD (since 1950):
Snead (2), Griffin III (1), Rypien (1)
Redskins Single-Season Records:
Rushing Yards By A QB (since 1950):
1. Harry Gilmer: 365 (1952)
2. Theismann: 314 (1984)
3. Jason Campbell: 258 (2008)
4. Griffin III: 234 (2012)
QB Rushing Touchdowns (since 1950):
1. Griffin III: 4 (2012)
1. Eddie LeBaron: 4 (1955)
1. Joe Theismann: 4 (1979)
Redskins Rookie Records:
Rookie 300-Yard Passing Games (since 1970):
1. Griffin III: 2 (2012)
2. Patrick Ramsey: 1 (2002)
2. Ed Rubbert: 1 (1987)
Griffin III and the Redskins have a tall task awaiting them Sunday at FedExField, as the 4-0 Atlanta Falcons come to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Falcons, of course, are led by quarterback Matt Ryan, who has been one of very few quarterbacks that have been more on-point than Griffin III this season.
Ryan on Thursday was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month, and he is considered by many to be the leading MVP candidate through the first four games of the season.
Should Sunday’s Redskins-Falcons game be a fun one? Absolutely.
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