Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III Excels in Preseason Debut

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIAugust 9, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins hands off to Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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While he may have only played for three offensive series, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III showed that he is ready to be the next franchise quarterback in our nation's capital.

Facing a talented Buffalo Bills defense, Griffin went 4-of-6 for 70 yards and a touchdown, which resulted in a 145.8 passer rating.

The highlight of Griffin's night came in his third and final offensive series, as he connected with wide receiver Pierre Garcon for a 20-yard touchdown, capping an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Garcon proved to be Griffin's go-to receiver, as he had three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.

While three offensive drives in the first preseason game of the season certainly isn't a large enough body of work to judge Griffin's NFL capability, Thursday night's performance is a promising sign.

Playing behind a depleted offensive line, Griffin remained unfazed, showing pocket unawareness throughout. On one occasion, Griffin noticed Buffalo's defense had jumped offside, so he quickly decided to take a shot at connecting with Garcon over the middle and was successful in doing so.

Playing against a very soft Buffalo pass defense, Griffin completed passes with ease. However, Griffin didn't get to showcase his forte, which is his legs.

Head coach Mike Shanahan opted to keep the offense as simple as possible for Griffin. While there will be plenty of designed run plays for Griffin during the regular season, none were called on Thursday night.

Shanahan will likely open up the offense for Griffin as the preseason progresses, as the Redskins will rely heavily on Griffin's running ability this season. 

If Thursday night's performance is any sign of things to come, the Redskins have a legitimate shot at competing for a .500 record this season.