Griffin absorbed too many hits from the Cleveland Browns' defense in Monday night's 24-23 preseason victory, failing to get out of bounds or slide seamlessly in front of oncoming tacklers. He gave his coaching staff a brief scare when he got up limping after one particularly ineffective "slide" attempt.
Although Griffin finished 6-of-9 passing for 112 yards and an interception, the numbers are misleading.
As we pointed out last week, his footwork issues from last season have not been remedied. He threw flat-footed and faded back several times -- habits that were nonexistent during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2012.
There has never been a doubt that Griffin has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. If he doesn't hone his mechanics and learn how to protect himself from vicious hits, though, the keys to the franchise are going to end up in someone else's hands.
Here's what else you need to know from Monday's game:
- The Redskins' new wideouts were a bright spot, on the other hand. Andre Robertshauled in a bomb, DeSean Jackson made a couple of plays and rookie Ryan Grant hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass. The favorite for No. 4 receiver duties, Grant has shown impressive route running and the ability to get open throughout training camp.
- We can probably put the non-story of Alfred Morris' improved receiving skills to rest. He's not going to have a significant role in the passing game -- nor should he.