Four Downs: Are RG3, Morris for real? 

September, 9, 2012
9/09/12
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The comparisons between Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and Carolina Panthers sophomore star Cam Newton are obvious, and after Sunday's performance, in which Griffin took his team into New Orleans and produced 40 team points and 24 individual standard fantasy points, expectations will go sky high. Often the conservative fantasy owner in me would apply the "it's only one game" philosophy, but in this case, Griffin really impressed me.

Fantasy owners are generally angry and/or bitter when it comes to Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and how he handles his personnel -- more on that later -- but it's tough to argue with the offensive game plan presented for his new quarterback. Griffin didn't look raw or, for that matter, like the other four rookie quarterbacks who struggled Sunday. Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden combined for 18 fantasy points, with two touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Sure, we can debate the future of the Saints defense Griffin torched, but like Newton a year ago when he exploded on the scene, Griffin just does not look like a raw rookie. He made it look easy.

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John David Mercer/US PresswirePierre Garcon had four catches for 109 yards and a score Sunday.
The Redskins called safe plays for Griffin on the opening drive and smart, controlled plays later, receivers like Pierre Garcon and Aldrick Robinson made plays, and as ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano noted, the team's strategy matched Griffin's strengths. The Heisman Trophy winner is a terrific athlete, and while we shouldn't expect close to the rushing laurels Newton provided, especially with the touchdowns, there was certainly little trace of inexperience on Griffin's part Sunday.

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