ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Looking forward to making his preseason debut, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III revealed he has one apprehension.
Griffin joked he would prefer not getting hit on Thursday, when the Redskins travel to open their preseason schedule against the Buffalo Bills.
"To be honest, if I don't get hit in the preseason, I would be very OK with that," he said. "I am not going to go in the game, saying, 'I hope Marcell Dareus hits me as hard as he possibly can.' That's not going to come out of my mouth."
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Good luck with that. Because Dareus and the rest of the Bills' high-priced, retooled, Mario Williams-led defensive line have a much different intention.
"I wouldn't mind getting a sack," Dareus said with a giggle.
As for Williams, the defensive end already issued Griffin a warning when the two spoke recently.
"I told him I was coming for him, so he knows I'll be looking for him," said Williams, who shares the same agent as Griffin. "But it's all fun. It's preseason. And it's actually better for him to get hit earlier than later, so it's not a shock."
Though the starters for each team are expected to get no more than a couple of series in the first quarter, their cameo appearances come with much anticipation.
"This is kind of like going out and driving a car and breaking it in," said Williams, the Bills prized free-agent addition who signed a six-year, $100 million contract in March.
Williams is also looking forward to getting his first taste of playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"It's almost like me being a rookie all over again and I kind of have to make sure I don't get too excited," said Williams, who has 53 career sacks in six seasons. "All out, just not for myself but for everybody on our D-line. It's just all out."
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