Newton – taken first overall by Carolina in 2011 – made an immediate impact, setting the rookie passing record with 4,051 yards. He also set the rookie record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14.

Newton also took over a Panthers offense that ranked dead last in the NFL in points scored (12.2) in 2010, and led a turnaround that propelled them to fifth in the league, with 25.4 points a game.

Griffin has frequently said that he and Newton are different players. He wants, and expects, to help ignite the struggling Redskins franchise. But he insists he isn’t chasing Newton’s rookie records and won’t use Newton’s success as a measuring stick for his own.

Cam Newton tries to score over DeAngelo Hall (23), Stephen Bowen (72), and London Fletcher (59) last October. (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

When asked what goals he has set for himself, Griffin said, “I don’t set individual goals, so everything I do is based on the team--if we’re winning.”

He later said, “Success for us is winning football games. How many, I have no idea. But, more than one, more than two, more than three. So, we just want to go that way.”