By Adam Conway
Griffin threw for 323 yards in the Redskins victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond Jones Stadium on Sunday, bringing his passing yards tally for the season to 1,070. He now joins fellow 2012 rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins, and Carolina Panthers’ 2011 rookie of the year Cam Newton as the only rookie quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to surpass 1,000 yards in their first four games.
RG3 has already made an impact, leading his team to a respectable 2-2 record so far this season, passing for four touchdowns, and rushing for four, and has impressed his teammates in his short spell in the league.
“He’s the real deal,” said Redskins’ defensive end Stephen Bowen. “I would hate to play against him, especially in his rookie year, playing like this. He never gets flustered. He plays better under pressure. I’m happy he’s on our side.”
Despite twice overcoming the New York Giants, who went on to become Super Bowl champions, the ‘Skins only managed five wins last season. Their regular season record prompted the Washington hierarchy to trade with the St. Louis Rams for a 2nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, and the opportunity to bring in a talented new QB.
As predicted, the Indianapolis Colts selected highly rated quarterback Andrew Luck with the 1st overall pick of the draft, leaving RG3 to be snapped up by the Redskins. While Colts head coach Chuck Pagano claimed Luck was always his target, a number of fans and pundits alike have since questioned the decision to overlook Griffin, given his recent form.
RG3’s attributes and style of play have been likened to those of Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick, in that he is equally capable of making plays with his legs as he is with his arm. Griffin has shown throughout his college years with Baylor, and in his short time in the NFL, that he is just as comfortable slinging passes from the pocket as he is rushing for first downs.
It may be a little premature, but Robert Griffin III is already being tipped as a future “Hall of Famer”. He has started to carve out a reputation for himself and is beginning to develop somewhat of a cult following. NFL legend John Madden described RG3 as a “Tim Tebow that can pass,” and what’s worse for the rest of the league is that he is only going to get better.