Nearly five months later, Jackson is "tickled pink" over Griffin's 2016 ceiling after naming the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year his starting quarterback on Monday.
It was natural to suspect Griffin was being set up for failure when he landed with a team that featured an overhauled offensive line, a no-name backfield and the game's most underwhelming wide receiver corps.
"I know what he's capable of doing. I think I know what our offense is capable of doing," Jackson said Monday, via the Akron Beacon Journal. "We've just got to do it consistently every day."
Multiple league executives recently told NFL Media's Bucky Brooks that they expect Griffin to provide a short-term spark under Jackson's tutelage and early-season game plans.
If the experiment blows up in Jackson's face, on the other hand, it won't be attributable to an inadequate supporting cast.
Here's what else we learned from Monday's action in training camps around the league:
- The Buffalo Bills' injury woes continued on Monday, as NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that left tackle Cordy Glenn is expected to miss the preseason after suffering a high-ankle sprain. This news comes on the heels of injuries to first- and second-round draft picks Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland.
"But out here, in the last week, he's a one-cut guy, and when he puts his foot in the ground, he can fly," McCloughan explained, via Sharp Football. "He's 220 (pounds) and he can fly."
- In other Cardinals news, Arians revealed that the organization is working on more contract extensions after signing Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu to new deals in the past week. Defensive end Calais Campbell, pass rusher Chandler Jones and wide receiver Michael Floyd are obvious candidates for negotiations.
- Halfway through last season, Amari Cooper was so dominant that NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah was inspired to pick the Raiders rookie over Odell Beckham as the young wide receiver with the highest upside. Cooper then stumbled down the stretch while playing through a foot injury so painful that the team considered shutting him down for the season in December.
"When I go (into) games, I don't think about 2,000 yards," Jones said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I had 1,800 yards last year, but I wasn't even thinking about it. Everyone was like, 'Oh, man, you're so close, you're so close. Are you trying to get it? Are you trying to get it?' I'm like, 'I'm trying to go out here and get a W, I'm trying to win the game.'
"But I think it's possible, though. I definitely think it's possible, but it depends on the defense, if they're going to let that guy beat them that day."