Rookie Review: Robert Griffin III

Rookie Review: Robert Griffin III
January 20, 2013, 10:00 am
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In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at the Redskins’ rookies, grade their performance in 2012 and take a look at their future prospects. 

Today, we’re examining at quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Drafted: First round (2nd overall).

Stats: 3,200 yards passing, 65.6 completion percentage, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions; 815 yards rushing, 7 touchdowns.

Grade: A

2012: There’s not much more to say about what Griffin accomplished in his first season that hasn’t already been repeated over and again. He owns almost every franchise record for a rookie quarterback, led a scintillating second half surge to the NFC East title and earned a Pro Bowl berth. But what will define his rookie season – and perhaps shape his career – could be his vulnerability to injury. He was knocked out of three games – Atlanta (concussion), Baltimore (knee) and Seattle (knee) – and did not play at all in Cleveland (knee). And, of course, it’s unclear when he’ll return to the field after undergoing a second reconstruction of his right knee since 2009 earlier this month. 

Prospects: The question everyone will ask in the coming months is when will RG3 be able to play? Some experts expect him to be ready for the season opener in September while others caution that it could take longer because the repair to his LCL will slow his rehab from the ACL revision. Either way, any growth that would normally take place during a quarterback’s second offseason will be stunted. Before the injury, the Redskins’ innovative offensive scheme was the talk of the NFL. It's still a hot topic now because of the way it routinely exposed Griffin to danger. Moving forward, the big picture questions for RG3 are: When he does return, will he be asked/be able to run the ball as often? And if not, will he be as effective?