Give Griffin credit for not just looking to run when his first receiver is covered. But it is important to note that he's still a rookie with a lot to learn. And one of the lessons that has been obvious is how long it takes for him to unload the ball from the pocket.
“He's learning each day to where I'm real excited about it and happy with him because he works at it,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “It's just a matter of time. Some days are better than others and that's how it is for everybody, especially rookies. He just needs more opportunities and it's a matter of time with him.”
Griffin doesn't always take a long time. He's executed many of the quick underneath throws well. But with his arm, the Redskins want to go downfield. He's been deliberate with his fakes and drop-backs, leaving him little time to scan the field.
At Baylor, he did not have to read his progressions like he must do in Washington. Shanahan said learning to get rid of the ball quickly is natural.
“I think that happens with everybody,” he said. “You need to (get rid of the ball) in the NFL or you get hit too much and the pass rushers are too good, no matter what type of line you have. I think that's a learning curve for everybody because in college no matter what you do, guys can hold on to it a little bit longer than you can in the NFL. That's a progression that comes. No matter what you learn in practice, you have to get rid of it quicker and quicker but they really don't hit you in practice. He'll learn that in each game too.”