Browns Paul Kruger 'surprised' RG3 took off running

Browns Paul Kruger 'surprised' RG3 took off running
August 19, 2014, 12:15 pm
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While Johnny Football's finger became the biggest story of the Redskins-Browns game, another quarterback's play might raise the most red flags. Robert Griffin III again showed an inability to get down while on the run, taking a too many hits for a starting QB should in a meaningless preseason game. 

RG3 ended up with four runs for 24 yards, a nice stat line, until you count the hits he took. On one run along the sideline, Griffin did not go down, instead exposing his body to the Cleveland defenders for a series of shots.

"I was in a situation there where I thought I was going to be able to get out of bounds," Griffin said. "I had to protect myself, so that’s why I put my shoulder down."

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Browns defenders did not expect to see Griffin running for tough yards in August. 

"I was surprised to see his confidence in running the ball," Browns linebacker Paul Kruger said after the game.

Asked specifically if he was surprised Griffin stayed upright and took hits rather than sliding to avoid contact, Kruger said "absolutely."

"I think he was playing with confidence and made some great plays," Kruger said. "He ran with confidence, that was something I was little surprised to see."

Perhaps Kruger's surprise comes from the fact Griffin has missed playing time by taking too much punishment in his short NFL career. Under Jay Gruden, the Redskins game plan should have less designed runs for Griffin, but the third year pro also has to be smart when outside of the pocket.