Robert Griffin III may still be the favorite to win the Browns’ quarterback competition, but he hasn’t earned the job yet. And in the Browns’ offseason program, he didn’t inspire a lot of confidence that he’s going to be a great player in coach Hue Jackson’s offense.
According to Pat McManamon of ESPN, in the six practices open to the media, Griffin had as many bad throws as good ones, passes that were tipped, intercepted or should have been intercepted.
Griffin also showed poor footwork and seemed eager to throw safe, checkdown passes, and he didn’t make a lot of big plays or do the things that would show off the great athleticism he displayed as a rookie.
This is, of course, just practice, and for Griffin it’s practice in a new offense. On the other hand, in practice the quarterback doesn’t get hit, and Griffin’s biggest problem has been an inability to recognize and react to the pass rush. If Griffin is struggling even when he’s wearing a red jersey and playing against defenders who can’t hit him, things could get worse when the regular season starts.
Or, in the worst case for Griffin, he could be on the bench when the regular season starts.