Raiders still see Robert Griffin III as dual-threat quarterback

September 26, 2013

Robert Griffin III has averaged 46.3 passing attempts and five rushing attempts per game. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

After studying video from his past three outings, the Oakland Raiders believe that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III remains a threat both with his arms and legs. Despite Griffin and the Redskins’ slow start to the season, Oakland’s players and coaches believe that the quarterback and his team have the capability to make a dramatic turnaround. They just hope it doesn’t happen this week.

“I still think he’s an outstanding quarterback. I still think he’s very mobile,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I think he can get outside the pocket and do a lot of things athletically and I think he throws the ball well. You know, a lot of people are trying to ask all those questions – I mean, I look at the team, they got off to a slow start last year and then won seven straight games. So I think we all recognize that this is still a very good football team, a high-caliber football team, a playoff-caliber football team.”

Oakland defensive back Charles Woodson said that he has noticed a change in Griffin’s game and how the Redskins are using the quarterback.

“Last year I think he was more concerned with the mobile aspect of the game setting up the passing,” Woodson said. “I think right now, coming off last week, they threw the ball a bunch of times. They’re throwing it a lot. I don’t think there’s as much setting up that pass with that read option in the run game as there has been.”

Griffin this season has passed the ball 139 times through three games (46.3 times a game) a year after throwing 393 passes (26.2 attempts a game) in 2012. He has carried the ball five times per game after averaging eight rushing attempts per outing in 2012.

But Woodson said he and his teammates still respect Griffin’s running ability.

“I think for the most part, you would like a guy that’ll sit back there and not have that threat of running. But you don’t get it your way all the time,” Woodson said. “That’s the one thing he brings, is that he’s a dual threat. He can throw and there’s always the possibility of him running.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Both coordinators speak to reporters.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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