Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III hadn’t taken an NFL snap in 364 days, when he was an estranged member of the Washington Redskins. Griffin III took the field as Cleveland’s starting quarterback Friday night and his Browns debut went fairly well, according to his coach.
Griffin III was constantly running for his life in the preseason opener and went 4-for-8 for 67 yards and an interception. The first play of his Browns career was easily his best of the day, as he hit a diving Terrelle Pryor for a 31-yard completion to open the drive. He fumbled the snap a play later and threw an interception to Micah Hyde four plays after that.
First-year coach Hue Jackson seemed pleased with RGIII’s performance in a 17-11 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He said Griffin III’s performance considering the circumstances was impressive.
“There were some things that he did good,” Jackson said on a conference call Saturday, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “Obviously we can’t have a fumbled snap the second play of the game and you never want to see the turnover. But I thought he stood in the pocket and looked real relaxed, kept his poise and tried to make some throws downfield.
“Obviously the first play was a great way to start, and that’s something to build on. But I thought for a guy that hadn’t played in a while, I thought there were some positives there.”
The Browns offense is clearly a work in progress and it starts with doing a better job of protecting their injury-prone quarterback.
Griffin’s performance with the Browns sort of embodied his tumultuous career. Good thing it’s only the preseason.