RICHMOND—The Redskins got a deep pass catching threat during the offseason when they signed DeSean Jackson. But quarterback Robert Griffin III is not necessarily anxious to utilize Jackson’s talents right away.
Griffin is content to throw shorter passes to draw in the defense. “If you can dink and dunk it will open up everything over the top,” he said.
In his two years in the NFL, Griffin has been a fairly short passer so the “dink and dunk” won’t be anything new. Last year, he averaged 3.6 air yards per pass attempt (how far past the line of scrimmage all of his passes traveled divided by pass attempts; for reference, Jay Cutler led the NFL at 4.5 yards). That was down from his 2012 rookie year when he averaged 4.2 per attempt (9th).
Griffin doesn’t have the “bombs away” mentality that some other quarterbacks possess.
“We’re trying to find ways to make sure we’re attacking everything,” he said. “It’s not always about going deep and throwing the home run ball. We’ve got to be able to get those small, short completions to move yourself down the field.”