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Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin (10) scrambles against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

RGIII has got to learn to Protect Himself

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has had an injury free offseason but that was brought into question as RGIII was seen limping during the first quarter of the Redskins week 2 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.  The health of Griffin is a major factor in the Redskins hopes to return to the playoffs this season.  But if he doesn’t learn to protect himself those playoff hopes would be damaged.

In the first quarter Griffin made a short scramble, tried to do a baseball slide but seemed to twist his left knee before he could get down safely.  He then made an 18 yard scramble and was pin-balled between several tacklers when he failed to get out of bounds sooner.  He had the chance to get out of bounds without taking any punishment but he foolishly turned the ball up field and was hammered.

At some point reality has to set in for RGIII that he can’t make a big play every time.  Sometimes he needs to sacrifice the big play in order to protect himself.  And putting his body on the line especially in the preseason is just absolutely foolish.  And regardless of how good backups Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy look in the preseason, the team needs it’s starting quarterback to be as healthy as possible.

Head coach Jay Gruden has to get it through to Griffin that protecting himself needs to be more of a priority for him whenever he runs the ball and also when he doesn’t.  Learn to do a proper baseball slide and throw the ball away when nothing is there.  A franchise quarterback has to know when to live to fight another day.  But it seems Robert Griffin III has yet to learn that lesson.

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