Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates after throwing… (Chris Graythen / Getty Images )
Robert Griffin III had a stunning NFL debut for Washington on Sunday, completing 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 139.9 in the Redskins' 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss what we can expect from RG3 the rest of the season. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Take a deep breath. Week 1 is always the week of overreactions. “Team X is great/horrible. Player X is unstoppable/a bust.” Robert Griffin III had a spectacular debut, but let’s not go off the deep end. Defenses will refine how to scheme him, and he’ll have good weeks and bad weeks. That’s what happened to Cam Newton last season after he set a rookie record by throwing for 422 yards in his debut.
The scary thing with Griffin is he’s pretty thin, and he throws his body around with abandon. He’s playing behind a shaky line with a rookie running back, too, so the Redskins have to be extra-nervous about keeping him healthy. That said, the next few weeks of the schedule set up nicely for him, and he will be highly entertaining with the football in his hands.
Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun
It was a masterful debut for Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, practically perfect as he outdueled Drew Brees.
The Heisman Trophy winner was poised, accurate, confident, strong-armed and smart as he primarily remained in the pocket. Griffin didn't just rely on his rare athleticism.
So, what's next for the dynamic rookie?
Defenses will make some adjustments to try to curtail his impact. They'll study his tendencies to find a hole in his game, if one even exists.
Once there's a larger body of work of Griffin, someone will devise a way to at least contain him. Remember, there are better defenses out there than the suspect Saints.
Based on his talent and work ethic, though, I don't see him not keeping up the good work after one of the best games by a rookie in NFL history.
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Bradley Biggs, Chicago Tribune
Robert Griffin III did what few thought was possible by going into the raucous Superdome and outdueling one of the game’s finest quarterbacks, Drew Brees, in a shootout. The landscape in the NFL is shifting with rookie quarterbacks experiencing success. Andy Dalton helped guide the Bengals to the postseason a year ago and Cam Newton set records with the Panthers.
It’s impossible to put a ceiling on Griffin at this point. He plays in a tough division on a team that most believe is in the process of rebuilding around him. But the energy he’s brought to the organization and his playmaking ability, at least on one afternoon, make competing in the NFC East certainly a possibility.]