Robert Griffin III Will Continue to Shake Off Rust as Season Progresses

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 5, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III has not looked the same since returning from ACL surgery, with the Washington Redskins going 1-3 to start the year.

That should change as the season continues.

In the first game we witnessed from RGIII to start the 2013 season, we saw a completely different quarterback.  He looked uncomfortable out on the field, throwing off of his back foot frequently and making some really bad throws.  He had two interceptions on the day, giving the Philadelphia Eagles their only win of the season so far.

The stat line looked better for Griffin in Week 2, as he threw for 320 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.  However, those numbers were misleading, as he made plenty of big plays during garbage time when the game was well out of hand.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talks to his team in the huddle during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Griffin looked a lot better this past week, going 18-of-31 for 227 yards and a touchdown.  While the completion percentage could have been higher, he did a great job protecting the ball, not throwing an interception for the first game all season.  

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had some positive things to say about Griffin after the win against Oakland.  According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Shanahan was quoted as saying:

"I think he’s done a better job these last few games of extending some plays. He’s keeping his eyes downfield and making plays with his arm after he’s gotten out of that pocket."

We're seeing a slow and steady improvement from RGIII as the season goes on.  He's feeling more and more comfortable on that knee each and every game, throwing less often off his back foot and stepping into more of his throws.

The legs are starting to move a bit more each game.  Last week, Griffin kept the ball on a zone read a few times, and for a handful of plays, he started to show some glimpses of that speed we saw in 2012.

More importantly, Griffin is using his legs more to evade pressure, either by stepping up in the pocket or sliding around.  This was a major issue in Week 1, so it's nice to see him continuing to improve.

Now, Griffin is getting a bye week to continue getting healthier and making sure that he can put as much pressure on his knee as needed.  That may not mean more designed runs or anything of that nature, but it does mean a more confident and poised Griffin while in the pocket.

After coming off of the bye week, Griffin is going to have some ideal matchups for the next few weeks.  His next six opponents have all struggled defending the pass, rankings 23rd or lower in passing yards allowed per game.  You can see just how bad the teams are below.

These six games are going to be a real opportunity for RGIII to shine like he did in his rookie season.  They will also give him a chance to continue building on that confidence and developing as a young passer.

The defense hasn't been doing any favors for the Redskins, and that could hurt Griffin's confidence.  They've given up 28 points and 440.5 total yards per game, and that's something else that needs to be fixed on this team.

However, as the season continues, Griffin is going to continue to improve and make big plays to keep the Redskins in the games, as well as help them pull out some more wins.

Be patient, Redskins fans, your QB is going to start looking like his old self soon.