ORCHARD PARK, NY (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III’s NFL debut was a successful one. Aside from a fumbled handoff to Evan Royster, the face of the Washington Redskins shined Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills with the stats to prove it.
Griffin was successful on four of six passing attempts for 70 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon. His passer rating was a stout 145.8.
So how did he think it went?
“It felt extremely good to come out [and play],” Griffin said in comments distributed by the team. “Coach did a good job calling plays, got me in rhythm and helped get the offense in rhythm on that third drive.”
Griffin’s numbers would have been slightly better had Garçon been able to keep both feet in bounds on what would have been a first down pass on the team’s opening drive.
From his vantage point he thought both feet were in, but the replacement referees disagreed.
“It looked like he dragged his toe for about four yards from the sideline,” said Griffin. “But they said it was incomplete so you’ve just got to run off the field and move on to the next one.”
His first NFL completion would have to wait until the next series when he connected with second-year receiver Leonard Hankerson for a 12-yard gain.
A touchdown followed shortly thereafter.