Drew Brees wasnt the only quarterback at the Superdome on Sunday who was effusive in his praise of Robert Griffin IIIs debut performance.So was former Redskins great Sonny Jurgensen.He threw the ball when he got rushed, the Hall of Famer said outside of Washingtons locker room after the Redskins 40-32 victory. He threw it accurately when he got rushed. He had no throws that a quarterbackhasto make that he wasnt comfortable with.Griffin completed 19 of his 26 attempts for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 42 yards.In retrospect, Jurgensen said, the Shanahans decision not to tip their hand in the preseason turned out to be the correct one.I wanted to him to play more in the preseason, Jurgensen said of Griffin, who only attempted 31 passes and five rushes in parts of three exhibition contests. I wanted to see more of him because they werent showing us anything. On Sunday, we saw a new offense, the option, all of the different wrinkles they have off of that. We hadnt seen that.The big numbers Griffin put up against the Saints were impressive for a 22-year-old making his first NFL start. But what impressed Jurgensen the most was the discretion Griffin showed when the pocket broke down around him.Griffins ability to negotiate the fine line between knowing when to tuck the ball and run and when to extend the play and look downfield was never more apparent than on the Redskins first play of the second quarter. New Orleans Malcolm Jenkins flushed Griffin out of the pocket to the left on a safety blitz. Griffin, however, simply sidestepped Jenkins, cutback across the field and delivered a 26-yard strike to tight end Fred Davis along the right sideline.Hes got the big arm, and hes so quick and he buys time back there back there, Jurgensen said. But it was good to see him get out on the outside of the pocket a couple of times and he didnt elect to run. He still made the play with his arm.Jurgensen also praised Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their play-calling, particularly on the Redskins opening drive. Griffin completed seven consecutive passes, culminating on an 88-yard touchdown connection to wide receiver Pierre Garon.They wanted to get him comfortable in the game at the beginning, Jurgensen said. Because the first six passes and completions were behind the line of scrimmage. That was playing on the mind of the defenders, because then they finally bit, and he was able to get downfield on the touchdown pass to Garon.Hes got a bright, bright future, Jurgensen added. Its going to be fun for us.
Kendall Fuller could be held out until training camp later this summer as he recovers from a knee injury that cut short his junior season, Jay Gruden said.
The Redskins selected the Virginia Tech cornerback in the third round (84th overall) on Friday night.
“We feel good about his progression from his injury,” Gruden said at Redskins Park. “We think he’s going to miss rookie minicamp [next month], but there’s a chance he could be back for the OTAs [in late May]."
Gruden added: “Worst-case scenario, we think he’ll be back for training camp [in late July].”
Fuller suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last preseason. He attempted to play through the injury for three games before opting for surgery. As it turned out, though, he injury required a season-ending microfracture procedure.
The operation was performed by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is also a senior medical consultant to the Redskins.
Asked if the relationship with Andrews helped the team make its decision on Fuller, Gruden downplayed the connection.
“I think every team has that information on the kid, and we felt good about his recovery,” Gruden said. “We really do. We know he’s a hard worker. We know where he is in his rehab. We’ll get him down here and help him along the way. But he’s a hard worker and he’s going to get himself ready to go.”
Gruden added: “He was too talented of a player to pass up. He can play nickel, obviously, which is a big hope for him. He can play outside. He’s got great natural football instincts at the nickel or corner position. Obviously you got great bloodlines, and I think it’s a great pick."
After the Redskins signed Josh Norman, Scot McCloughan told everyone that he would not hesitate to draft another cornerback this week.
Nobody really believed him. But he made believers out of everybody in the third round tonight when he took Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller.
He immediately jumps into a cornerback depth chart that has gone from shaky to strong in the last week. Norman and Bashaud Breeland will be the starters. Fuller could come in for nickel situations. Chris Culliver is still on the mend from a knee injury he suffered last November and his status for training cap is very much up in the air. Second-year player Quinton Dunbar will work
Spinning it forward to 2017, Fuller should be able to fit in with Breeland and Norman to form a formidable starting group of cornerbacks.
Many had Fuller rated as a first-round talent before he suffered a knee injury last season. Even after that, some thought he might be talented enough to be worth a late second- or early third-round pick. Fuller is a solid value as a late third-round pick.
Scot McCloughan continued to bolster the Redskins' secondary late Friday, selecting cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech in the third round.
Fuller, who is listed at 5 foot 11, 187-pounds, recorded eight interceptions for the Hokies during his first two seasons in Blacksburg, Va. A knee injury, however, cut short his 2015 season, limiting him to three games as junior.
He'll become the fourth Fuller brother to play in the NFL, joining Corey, Kyle and Vincent. He's also joins fellow Hokies DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett in Washington's secondary.
More important, though, Fuller becomes the second significant addition to the Redskins' remodeled defensive backfield, joining All-Pro corner Josh Norman, who was signed to a five-year, $75 million contract a week ago today.
Before attending Virginia Tech, Fuller also played at Good Counsel High in Olney, Md.