During yesterday’s opening press conference from the new Bon Secours Training Facility in Richmond, Virginia. Robert Griffin III made it known that he would not be participating during preseason unless Mike Shanahan said otherwise.
Many argue that players get hurt easier in preseason because opposing players trying to make the team play much harder, which is true to some degree, but not necessarily the same as Griffin would be facing other teams starters, rather than those on the bubble. On the other hand, preseason has been known for getting players back into not only football speed, but hitting as well.
In order to be ready without playing in preseason, Griffin said,” you go out there and you play full speed in practice, and that is how you get those game-time reps.” The problem with this is that there’s two different types of speeds when comparing practice to game speed, not to mention he won’t be participating in 11 on 11 drills (at least not immediately).
Preseason naturally isn’t played at the same speed as you see in regular season, which is why it would be wise to put Robert Griffin III in for a series or two to see how he reacts to a speed much quicker than he see’s in practice, not to mention having players who want to hit him, rather than stopping because he wears a different colored jersey.
If Griffin is indeed as far along as Dr. Andrews claims, then there should be no issues with him playing a few series in preseason to ensure he is in fact ready for the season, but also to work on anything he feels he needs to.
Safety is the number one concern, and injuries occur in practice, preseason and regular season. There’s truly no way to get around it, as fans saw during last season against the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens, which ironically was due to Robert Griffin III being too aggressive.
As long as Griffin plays smart, there’s no reason why an injury should occur in preseason or regular season.
The first home preseason game at FedEx Field will be on August 19th against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The average ticket price is only $77. Grab your Washington Redskins tickets from ABC tickets and see if Robert Griffin III plays before Week 1.
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