Washington QB Robert Griffin III struggled to move the Redskins offense for four quarters in a 17-6 loss to the Texans on Sunday, rarely pushing the ball downfield while showing none of the explosive running ability that helped make him an instant star as a rookie in 2012.
Griffin's final numbers were OK (29-of-37 for 267 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, one lost fumble), but they don't begin to tell the story. Griffin looked uncomfortable and unsure of himself. That easy confidence we saw during his rookie season is absent.
How stunted was Washington's offense? According to ESPN, Griffin's eight completions to free-agent import DeSean Jackson averaged 2.4 yards in distance through the air. Given Jackson's famed big-play reputation, this is almost impossible to make sense of.
The story says the other concern is Griffin's knee, which is free of a brace and supposedly healthy. But Griffin looked unable to shed defenders as in the past and story wonders if that ability is gone forever. If you're an RGIII owner, there is cause for concern especially if he's your starter. To make things worse the team looks as if they will be without TE Jordan Reed for an extended time.