The Redskins have plenty of work to do. The offensive line, specifically pass protection, would be a good place to start.
Robert Griffin III and the Redskins starters managed 10 total yards on their first three series of Thursday night’s preseason game vs. the Lions.
On the fourth series, Griffin got sacked on consecutive plays. On the second sack, his fumble was recovered by Gabe Wright of the Lions at the Redskins’ 11-yard line.
To make matters worse, the Redskins announced Griffin was then evaluated for a right-side stinger and possible concussion. He was cleared to return to the game but wasn’t going to return; Griffin finished 2-of-5 passing for 8 yards.
Starting left tackle Trent Williams, generally considered the team’s best offensive lineman, sat out the game but the four other starters played. Willie Smith started in place of Williams.
Griffin got sacked on the first drive — it appeared first-round pick Brandon Scherff was beaten on the play — and was forced to dodge rushers on almost every pass. On the second drive, Griffin got smashed by a blitzing DeAndre Levy on a third down pass to Andre Roberts that should have been caught.
Griffin took a bunch of shots — and a few big ones — in last week’s preseason debut vs. the Browns, too. Griffin is always in the spotlight. The Redskins need to figure out a way to keep him upright.