Robert Griffin III, quarterback
2013 stats: 3,203 yards, 16 TD’s, 12 ints., 60.1%, 82.2 QBR
Reasons for over 4,000 yards:
- The Redskins will be throwing the ball more this season in Jay Gruden’s offense.
- He has more weapons to throw to including DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts.
- RGIII has had an offseason to work on his game and prepare for the season.
- Griffin will be healthier entering the season.
Reasons for under 4,000 yards:
- RGIII is learning a new offense and it may take time for him to master it.
- With the new receivers there may be a period of getting used to throwing to them.
- Griffin has yet to play a full season, even though he probably would have if Shanahan hadn’t shut him down.
If Robert Griffin III hadn’t been shut down by Mike Shanahan last season, then he would have more than likely come close to passing for 4,000 yards last season with the three additional games. So even in a season where his play was mediocre at best, RGIII would have passed for a solid amount of yards.
His passing attempt and completion numbers should go up in Jay Gruden’s offense, and with DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts combining with Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed RGIII will have several quality targets to throw to. So if Robert Griffin III stays healthy and plays even a little better than last season then he should pass for more than 4,000 yards.
2014 Projection: 550 attempts, 4,147 yards – based on RGIII’s career yard average per attempt of 7.54 yards.
Even with the debacle last season, the Redskins could be a real factor in the NFC East race. A healthy Robert Griffin III would go a long way to ensuring that, and help make Redskins tickets worth the relatively high price.