Robert Griffin III appeared to make strides in his third start since his return from ACL surgery Sunday, even though the Redskins lost. But wide receiver Pierre Garcon believes RGIII still has a long way to go.
"He's not fully healthy, obviously," Garcon said Monday via the Washington Post. "He's running a little bit more. But last year's RGIII was a lot different from this year's RG because of his knee. It's not surprising."
Griffin showed some burst on a 21-yard scamper. And the storyline surrounding the game would be a lot different if receiver Aldrick Robinson caught a beautiful throw on a would-be 57-yard touchdown throw from Griffin.
Griffin is not the same guy he was a year ago, but the change in the Redskins defense is more dramatic. No team in NFL history has given up more total yards than the Redskins have in the first three weeks. The Redskins continue to play from behind, which has forced Griffin to throw the ball 139 times in three games.
Griffin his still racking up passing yards while his team often plays from behind. For now, the RGIII of last season is a bit away. He'll likely still be a QB1 many weeks, but this drives home the point he's - understandably - not all the way back yet from his reconstructed knee. The rushing yards will likely slowly start to come eventually.