The Washington Redskins kicked off the preseason against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. After a strong string of training camp practices in a row, Robert Griffin III looked to carry over the momentum.
Head coach Jay Gruden stated that RG3 would play around a full quarter, and he lived up to that proclamation. RG3 had two series with the first team offense, and he had his share of both positive and negative plays.
Griffin finished 4-of-8 for 36 yards passing. After being forced to punt on the first series, Griffin marched the Redskins' offense into the red zone on his second and final possession. The Redskins were forced to settle for a field goal when Griffin through consecutive incompletions on targets to Pierre Garcon on second and third down.
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Speaking of Garcon, the veteran receiver made the most memorable play of the night. Griffin threw a deep ball over the top that was only slightly underthrown, but easily catchable, and Garcon dropped a wide open pass. Garcon had about five yards of distance from the closest defensive back, and the play would have gone for a 61-yard touchdown reception. The good news is that Griffin still has his long ball arm–the pass traveled just over 50 yards in the air.
Griffin will likely play more snaps in the Redskins' second preseason game, where he will look to string together his first touchdown drive of the preseason.