Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's playing time, passing stats lead to questions

ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins work out at their home facility with a 3 p.m. ET practice Tuesday. It’s good to be back, but I will say it’s probably good that this group went away for three weeks. With a lot of new faces on defense in particular, that bonding should help. Anyway, here are three areas of interest today for your wakeup call:

  1. QB Robert Griffin III. He’ll meet with the media Tuesday, so it’s a good chance to ask him about what he wants to see from himself and the offense against Detroit on Thursday. He’ll likely play at least a quarter and maybe more. Also, I’m sure his comments to WJLA-TV will come up, when he said, “I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league, and I have to go out and show that.” Nothing wrong with having confidence, but with Griffin everything gets magnified. Maybe it’s better just to say, “I expect to be the best quarterback and am working to get there.” One way it becomes a story; the other way it isn’t but both can express confidence. Regardless, I get what he was saying and it won’t be a focal point -- the full context of the quote must be considered. My concern is how he plays and his development on the field.

  2. Round two. This will be our last chance to talk to Jay Gruden before Thursday’s preseason opener so we can focus more on the game and what he hopes to see, aside from no injuries of course. A lot has been made about the number of passes Griffin has thrown in previous preseasons -- myself included. But I’m curious how many passes Gruden needs to see to have a good feel. They go heavily by what they see on the practice tape, but facing a different defense presents challenges you won’t get in practice.

  3. Injuries. Along with questions on play time, we’ll find out who has been ruled out of Thursday’s game. Monday, Gruden said that receivers DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder won’t play. But corner DeAngelo Hall remains a possibility along with a few others. The plan is for linebacker Junior Galette to wait another week, but there are several others who haven’t yet been ruled out, including corner David Amerson.