In quarterback Robert Griffin III’s rookie season, the Redskins ranked third in the league in rushing attempts.
They fell to No. 13 last season, although you probably would have expected an even bigger tumble given how often the Redskins were playing from behind on their way to a 3-13 record. The expectation is that Griffin’s knee will be in better shape for the 2014 season, but one member of the team thinks that Griffin, Alfred Morris and everyone else will be running the ball less often.
Wide receiver Andre Roberts said that studying Jay Gruden’s offenses with the Bengals and speaking with former Cardinals teammate John Skelton, who played for Gruden in Cincinnati, about the Redskins head coach has left him with the impression that things will be moving in the other direction in 2014.
“He was telling me about his style of coaching and what he likes to do and how he likes to use players,” Roberts said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “I think we’ll be passing more than running. We’ll have plenty of talent at the running back and receiver position for Robert to throw the ball around a little bit.”
Roberts said he’s excited to play with Griffin, who he describes as “motivated” and with a chip on his shoulder after the disappointing way the 2013 season played out. If Roberts is right about the direction of the offense, the Redskins will have to hope that chip doesn’t interfere with Griffin’s throwing motion.