ORCHARD PARK, NY (CBSDC) — The Robert Griffin III era began Thursday night with a splash in Buffalo.
Actually, it began with a handoff to Evan Royster who carried the ball for a modest one-yard gain up the middle.
The second play was another Royster carry, this time for no gain.
But on 3rd and 8 Griffin confidently took the ball out the shotgun and calmly tossed it to Pierre Garçon who was unable to keep his feet in bounds to convert the first down.
It was three-and-out for RGIII — a drive that will be forgotten on stat sheets, but undoubtedly made history for the Washington Redskins.
On the second series the Redskins again opened with a run by Royster which went for a three-yard loss.
Griffin completed his first NFL pass on 2nd and 13 — a 12-yard completion to second-year receiver Leonard Hankerson — leaving the Redskins in a 3rd and short situation.
However, like many first-year players, success was followed by rookie mistakes. The handoff between Griffin and Royster was botched on the next play. The Bills recovered the fumble just outside of the red zone.
Rather than sulk on the mistake, Griffin showed maturity beyond his experience and had his best series of the night.
He showed the promise the Redskins fans, coaches and players had been waiting for on the team’s third offensive series. Washington had four plays of ten yards or more on that drive, including a 20-yard screen pass to Garçon that found the end zone and capped off an 8-play, 80-yard drive.
The Heisman Trophy winner and Garçon also connected on passes of 20 and 18 yards earlier in the series.
Overall, Griffin was 3-of-4 for 58 yards and a touchdown on the scoring drive.
The touchdown pass to Garçon would be his final toss of the night.
Griffin’s total stat line for his debut was impressive. He completed 4 of 6 passing attempts for 70 yards, compiling a passer rating of 145.8.
Did he live up to the hype?
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