Robert Griffin III Will Start vs. Eagles to Open the Season
When the Philadelphia Eagles open the season taking on the Washington Redskins on Monday, September 9, Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, sources close to Griffin said that they're planning on him starting the game against Philadelphia.
"He’s taking all the snaps with the ones," the source said on Tuesday. "He’s looking great. I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s playing and I think everyone in the building is looking at it that way. I think they look at that last checkup as a done deal."
He'll get one more look from Dr. James Andrews on Thursday and is then expected to receive full clearance to play Week 1. Some wonder, including ESPN's Ron Jaworski if Griffin's mechanics are the same as they were last season.
"I was watching him throw the football — there were a few clips — and I was concerned in the weight transfer," said Jaworski. "I didn’t see the clean mechanics I’ve seen in the past. I’m not there every day, I’m not a doctor, but he just looks a little different right now. It’s pregame, it was warmup, people can discount that. I’m just saying from my eye, I didn’t see the clean drops, the weight transfer, stay on that back foot, snap the hips."
Now exactly eight months removed from tearing his ACL in a playoff game, Griffin has been back at practice for the past two weeks, with no swelling or pain in the knee.