Kendall Wright: RG3 is putting a lot of pressure on himself

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Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright were an explosive combination during their time together at Baylor University.

Both players are in their second seasons in the NFL. Griffin with the Washington Redskins and Wright with the Tennessee Titans.

While Wright is taking a step forward after a strong rookie season, Griffin is struggling.

Griffin is completing just 60-percent of his passes after completing over 65-percent a season ago. He’s thrown just 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions and his pass rating has dipped from a 102.4 last season to just a 83.6 through 12 games this season.

Griffin has been criticized heavily for his performance this year. He’s taking numerous hits in games, made questionable decisions with the football and still looks to be hampered at times by the knee injury that ended his rookie season in the playoffs.

Wright feels like his former teammate is putting too much pressure on himself. Wright joined Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday night and gave his thoughts on Griffin’s struggles.

“I just think he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself. He’s just got to go out there and have fun and play football like he knows how to play,” Wright said. “Don’t worry about the outside world or what people think about you. He’s just got to go play football like he knows how to play.”

Wright isn’t used to seeing the type of plays Griffin is making now while they played together at Baylor. Griffin was electric during his final season in Waco and everything he touched seemed to come up golden on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.

Wright said it’s difficult to deal with that much pressure. He feels the same problem is actually afflicting a teammate of his now in Tennessee as well.

“I have a teammate going through it right now in Kenny Britt,” Wright said. “He’s going through it and you can see how hard it. When it’s that hard, players go out there and put too much pressure on themselves, like, they just have to make a play. To me, you just got to go out there and stay focused, attention to detail and make the plays when it’s your time to make the plays.”

Griffin isn’t the only reason the Redskins have struggled this season, but he’s certainly not having the sophomore season everyone expected.

16 responses to “Kendall Wright: RG3 is putting a lot of pressure on himself

  1. Let’s get Griffin’s third grade teacher’s opinion on his struggles, too. I’m sure it will get at least 100 “RGMe sucks” comments. It’s all about page views, right?

  2. I don’t understand why RG3 is even playing this year. The Redskins are going nowhere and he is not healthy. He should bag the rest of the season to get well for ext year. What happens if he gets a career ending injury in garbage time?

    Rest and get healthy RG3.

  3. Not a D.C. Fan, but I very much enjoyed watching RG3’s electrifying play last year. However, this season he’s clearly struggling under the weight of elevated expectations & lingering knee issues. It won’t happen, but he really needs a fresh start somewhere else without all the drama that this club has become under the ownership of Dan Snyder. You’d think that Snyder would one day understand that he really needs to hire good people, then step-back and let them do what’s needed for sustained success. What a mess.

  4. RG3 has nothing to prove by staying in the game for Washington now.

    The season is over for them-he should step out , get more clean up surgery on that knee, get much more healthier for next year-even if he’s playing for another team next year.

    The number one problem this year for Washington is that the coaching staff put way too much importance on RG3 and not enough on building a complete team that worked together regardless of who was at quarterback.

    The short answer is the coaching staff got lazy because they had a fall back answer-when he gets healthy,we’ll win games.

    Well ,half the season was over and Rg3 still wasn’t healthy.

    Crazy way to run a football team.

  5. i read wright’s comments as honest and encouraging. and not only is he offering support to his college buddy, but he’s also extending it to a guy who could take targets away from Wright.

    In short, the Titans got themselves a real good player and teammate when they drafted Wright.

  6. Dude, RG3 was throwing to Kendall Wright & Josh Gordon in college. Both of those guys are VERY promising young receivers in the NFL & he had them both in college. So, was RG3 really that good? Or did these guys make him look way better than he is?

  7. Welcome to the NFL Robert! Something tells me you weren’t as ready as your foaming at the mouth supporters thought you were.

  8. Why would RGIII be criticized? On a gimpy knee and a bad team he’s got a better passer rating this year than Roger Staubach’s career rating.

    If DC doesn’t want him, I’m sure another team willl take him.

  9. I hate to see RGIII getting beat up the way he is this year. His O Line just isn’t taking care of him and they’re going to get him seriously hurt again.

    Sit him down the rest of the year and let him get his knee rehabilitated.

  10. Wright and josh Gordon were rgiii’s receivers at Baylor. Why on earth the skins dIdnt go after Gordon in the supplemental is still beyond me.

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