On Monday night, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had an up and down performance.
We got to see a beautiful long ball from Griffin at the end of the first half, but the moments that really stick out are his awful throw to the outside that was picked off by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and his complete disregard for his health.
There was one play where Griffin lowered his shoulder while running to the sideline, before take a hit and spinning into more Browns defenders.
Then, there were his embarrassing attempts at sliding.
Someone will need to work with Griffin on how to give himself up and properly slide without awkwardly falling and putting himself in danger.
During the game, Griffin suffered a bruised thigh.
While the injury isn’t serious, it is something that Griffin will need to work on and head coach Jay Gruden expressed as much following the game.
“It’s something we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself,” Gruden said, via the Associated Press.
“He’s had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it’s a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, [and] he’s got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better.”
Griffin showed plenty of promise in his rookie year before going down with a torn ACL, so hopefully he can remain healthy and show the team what they were expecting when they drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.