Robert Griffin III is a transcendent cultural icon…and a pretty decent quarterback as well. For these reasons, I am writing a weekly Monday column in which I track/stalk his every movement during this highly publicized off-season. Whether he is rehabbing his knee or stretching it on the red carpet, you will find it here.
Week of June 17th
No setbacks: Just five months after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ligaments in his right knee, Robert Griffin participated in cutting drills this past week which featured “explosive sprinting” and changing direction. Mike Jones of The Washington Post details that RG3 suffered no set backs as a result of the increased exercise. Though he has not received clearance from team doctors to return to full practice, this type of cutting is the last hurdle in the ACL rehab process. Add this to the list of media reports that paint a rosy picture for Griffin’s return for the regular season. While it may be tiresome to read so many similar reports of RG3′s progression, consider the Washington alternative. Be grateful, D.C.
Play-action: Football Outsiders examined the use of play-action in the offense of each NFL team. Unsurprisingly, the Washington Redskins utilized the play fake the most, accounting for 42% of all offensive plays from scrimmage. The Redskins were also the most effective team with the play-action, gaining an average of 10.5 yards per pass. Griffin is of course the primary reason for this effectiveness. His ability to both pass and run has paralyzed opposing defenses. The success of Albert Morris didn’t hurt either.
and finally, it’s the RG3 Tweet of the Week:
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) June 21, 2013
This is in response to Griffin being rated as the 15th best player in the NFL Top 100 list. Eat your heart out, Kurt Warner.