Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III: Analyzing Rookie QBs in Preseason Clash
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are played their first game against each other in this preseason contest. Luckily, it was the third game of the preseason, so we were able to get the best read on each quarterback.
Both quarterbacks played the first half and looked as though they belonged as the respective starters of their teams.
However, that's where the comparisons stopped.
They are two completely different guys, and watching them back-to-back in the same game gave a good idea of how ready each guy is.
Andrew Luck vs. Washington's Defense
Andrew Luck had a very good day against Washington's defense, one that is easily better than Indianapolis's. Luck finished the day 14-for-23 (60.8 percent) with 151 yards and a touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. He also had two runs for eight yards.
The most impressive part of Andrew Luck's game was how he was able to move around in the pocket as he sensed pressure and keep his eyes downfield at all times. He was also able to read the defenses that the Redskins were throwing at him efficiently and effectively.
This was most apparent on the touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton.
Luck stepped up into the pocket after pressure was coming around the backside of the play, and then he had a perfect touch throw to his receiver's back shoulder, a throw which Hilton caught a couple steps from the end zone.
Robert Griffin III vs. Indianapolis's Defense
Griffin had a couple of missteps in the game for the Redskins, but he was able to lead the offense to a 16-point start in his one half of play and performed well overall.
RG III finished 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) with 74 yards and a touchdown pass to join his one rush for five yards.
Griffin had some great reads and relied on some solid underneath routes to guide him to a touchdown. He was also protected a bit by Alfred Morris grinding away at the starting Colts defense on the ground and was able to live off some excellent play-action passes this opened up.
His biggest issues were related to his deep passes. He overthrew at least two passes and needs to work on developing chemistry with his receivers on deep balls.
He also needs to learn much better touch, because if he can learn how to take a bit off on those deep passes, he will dominate the NFL.
Who Did Better?
On the day, Griffin provided the better team results. He was able to lead his team down the field quite a bit more efficiently against a weaker Colts defense.
However, Luck didn't have a bad day, showing that he has excellent touch on his passes and the ability to pick apart a defense if given the chance.
Both quarterbacks showed amazing mobility behind the line and pocket presence that even some veterans don't have.
They also showed that they will be coming into the NFL and making impacts right away.
It's something most NFL rookie quarterbacks aren't able to do.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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