Words like "unbelievable" and "freak" tend to incite athletic excitement, and when those words are applied to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the excitement grows. When he was last fully healthy as a rookie in the NFL, RG3 played the quarterback position like few before him. Track-level speed and pinpoint accuracy.
The stats prove how sensational the play was in 2012. Griffin totaled 4,000 total yards, about 3,200 through the air and 800 on the ground, to go with 27 touchdowns and just five interceptions. RG3 led the Skins to their first NFC East title in 13 years.
But the story changed when Griffin hurt his knee. First the hit from Haloti Ngata, then the Seahawks game. No reason to relive it, Griffin laying on the ground motionless, a shredded knee the diagnosis.
Last season, RG3 was not the same player. Rushed rehab, lose fundamentals, turmoil with coaching staff; there are plenty of possible reasons behind the slump. But now there is a new coach, another year removed from surgery, and the opportunity to return to top form for Griffin.
Early reports are RG3 is flourishing. Santana Moss said that Griffin playing without a knee brace is like being a new player, and retired Skins tight end Chris Cooleyused the words unbelievable and freak after working out with Griffin.
So how good can RG3 be in 2014? As good as his rookie year? Will Griffin need to be a different player to succeed in his third year? Will the accuracy return with his arm? What about the speed?
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