Robert Griffin III burst on to the NFL scene in 2012 and the rookie quarterback played with an electrifying fashion that not many had ever witnessed in professional football.
His ability on the ground made him a frightening opponent for defences, who could not relax playing the pass or the run against the Washington Redskins quarterback. RG3 would go on to throw for 20 touchdowns along with only 5 interceptions in his debut season in the NFL.
The trouble's begin
However we all know how his remarkable rookie year would finish, in devastating fashion as the young quarterback would suffer ACL and LCL ligament injuries in his right knee.
His long road to recovery has been troublesome, continuing to struggle with retaining his health, other areas of RG3's game were magnified and picked apart as the Redskins slumped to a dismal 3-13 record in 2013 behind the arm of Griffin.
With emphasis switching from his scrambling ability to his presence as a pocket passer, the 24-year-old has had to deal with serious questions about his footwork and his transition through reading his progressions, all vital to becoming an elite NFL quarterback.
Having had a poor pre-season and many believing he has been outplayed by backup Kirk Cousins, the scrutiny of RG3 has never been more intense and now ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski has stated that he believes Griffin is a fundamentally flawed passer.
Speaking on ESPN Radio, Jaworski explained: "He’s still developing, We’ll see what Jay Gruden and this new offensive staff can do for him. But clearly he’s got to learn to play from the pocket.
He continued: "His mechanics have regressed, by the way. They have regressed in the fundamental way of throwing the football: his throwing slot, his footwork, his inability to remain consistent in that. When you and I talk all the time, the word that comes up a lot in my mind is consistency. And we see a lot of players in this league, they make great throws. They can make a great play. But you have to do it on a consistent basis. That’s what separates the great players from the guys that have short careers.”
Every significant stat showed regression last season for Griffin in the passing department.
His passer rating, completion percentage, passing touchdowns and yards per pass were all down, while his interceptions were up.
Griffin needs to work on his mechanics and show the drive and focus that is required for the young quarterback to get back to the level that saw him lead the Washington Redskins to the playoffs in 2012 as a rookie.
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