When the Redskins bet the farm in late April at the NFL Draft, we knew that it was for good reasons as RG3 was headed to Washington. His work ethic and athletic ability to run outside the pocket are enough to impress most, but the fact that he has a cannon arm only helps his case. To go along with that, his maturity and leadership skills certainly stood out at Baylor, and in part is the reason he is the polarizing signal-caller we all admire today. The only question was this:
Was Griffin taken too early and how quickly could he get going?
Judging from what his tight end Chris Cooley have had to say, it looks as if the rookie is getting off to a fine start.
Griffin] may not have felt it, but the way he’s addressed the guys in the huddle, the way he’s called his cadence at the line, the way he’s moving through his progressions. He might feel like it’s happening slow and he might have felt like he had an ‘ah-ha’ day, but he’s consistently getting better, and I think a lot of people around him can see that.
It’s always good to see a receiver supporting a QB, but it makes for even a better headline when that QB is a rookie, and people already have strong trust and faith in him. But Griffin won’t let any of those comments flatter him, and claims he’s still learning more and more everyday. He also acknowledged the importance of the roles his teammates play, something we haven’t seen from a Redskins quarterback in quite some time:
I want them to trust me, to believe in me, so we can go out and win together, because without them, I can’t snap the ball to myself, throw it and catch it. I need other people out there to help me.
All of these positive comments and pats-on-the-back will certainly attribute to Griffin’s transition into the NFL, and if all plays out right, and some of these young receivers can step up, we may be looking at a 2012-13 playoff birth