GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers defense went into the offseason knowing it had been carved up by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the read-option offense in the playoffs, but knowing it would get another crack at two read-option offenses to open the 2013 season. With that in mind, the coaching staff and players spent time trying to figure out the scheme; Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the Packers had studied video of the Redskins during training camp.
But several Packers defensive players said here Wednesday that some of that preparation may have been for naught because they believe Robert Griffin III doesn’t look to be the same quarterback he was before he had knee surgery in January.
“He wasn’t running as fast as he used to,” defensive end C.J. Wilson said. “He wasn’t the same RGIII – put it that way.”
In the Redskins’ season-opening 33-27 loss to Philadelphia, Griffin ran five times for 24 yards and looked, in the Packers’ estimation, unlike the quarterback who racked up 815 rushing yards as a rookie in 2012. Do they feel fortunate to get Griffin before his full mobility has returned?
“His full mobility, that’s not really our concern,” defensive end B.J. Raji said. “We’re playing what we see on film, and what they’ve done in the past. He still presents himself as a good player. We obviously know he’s not the same as what he was last year, but he’s still effective still.”
Packers Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t bite publicly on the idea that Griffin is less than 100 percent. “We have a lot of respect for his ability,” McCarthy said. But his team said it’s clear Griffin looked rusty against the Eagles.
“With him missing the preseason, it took him a while to get back on track,” safety M.D. Jennings said.
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.
● A blog post every hour through at least 1 p.m., including Kedric Golston on the Redskins’ tackling.
● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m.
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