Eagles' Williams thought RG3 looked 'rusty'

Eagles' Williams thought RG3 looked 'rusty'
September 10, 2013, 12:00 am
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RG3: 'I didn't play well in the first half'

Much has been made of Robert Griffin III's quick return from reconstructive knee surgery, and early in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles it seemed Griffin might not be ready for game speed.

Eagles players noticed.

"This is my second time facing him," Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said. "I think he’s rusty just a little bit, honestly."

In the first half, RG3 completed five of 11 throws for 53 yards and an interception, good for a 22.2 quarterback rating. Griffin also played a role in a botched pitch to running back Alfred Morris that cost the Redskins a safety.

Williams registered both a sack and an interception of Griffin in the opener. Last season, Williams played for the Ravens and watched Griffin beat his team in December while throwing for more than 240 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Against the Eagles, Griffin hardly looked as sharp as he did prior to the injury.

"I played him in the end of the season last year and he had a heck of a performance against the Ravens. I know he’s not up to form yet," Williams said.

"Next time we play him we expect a lot better, more smoother, polished guy."

Griffin's final stat line had the benefit of a team playing catch up against a prevent defense. RG3 finished the loss with almost 330 passing yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. In 15 games last season, Griffin only threw five interceptions.

"He's just trying to get his feet wet, trying to learn how to play after the injury," Williams said.