Will Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III be the same kind of runner after this year’s knee surgery as he was last year? That’s a good question. But an even more important question may be whether Griffin will be the same kind of passer. And at least one person who knows a lot about the quarterback position has his doubts.
Ron Jaworski, the former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst, said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that when Griffin warmed up before this week’s preseason game, he looked like a fundamentally different passer than he had last season.
“I was watching him throw the football — there were a few clips — and I was concerned in the weight transfer,” he said. “I didn’t see the clean mechanics I’ve seen in the past. I’m not there every day, I’m not a doctor, but he just looks a little different right now. It’s pregame, it was warmup, people can discount that. I’m just saying from my eye, I didn’t see the clean drops, the weight transfer, stay on that back foot, snap the hips, that I’d seen out of him.”
Jaworski is also concerned that Griffin won’t be able to move the way he could as a rookie.
“I really don’t know what to expect,” Jaworski said. “His mobility has always set him apart and I’m not sure where his mobility is going to be.”
It’s a valid concern. And one that won’t go away until Griffin can prove he’s the same player he was last year, on the field in the regular season.