The Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III battle was pretty slow-going for about the entire length of a quarter, and to be honest, they had their thunder stolen by another rookie on the field.
Rookie tailback Alfred Morris, a sixth round pick by the Redskins out of Florida Atlantic continued his impressive pre-season with a 14 carry, 107 yard performance. Morris has really opened eyes for the Redskins this offseason, and after being selected in the sixth round has worked his way into the starting lineup with injuries to Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster.
To be completely frank, it seems as though Morris is the best overall back the Redskins have, unless Tim Hightower is healthy. We all know how much Mike Shanahan loves to rotate running backs in and out of his flawless zone running scheme, but it may be time to stick with a guy and get out of the logjam situations. My opinion is that Morris has proven to be durable, productive, and versatile enough that he should be the starter.
As for the two rookie quarterbacks everyone is talking about, I think both guys did some things well. Robert Griffin III tried to air it out on a few different occasions, and he was off the mark via the overthrow each time. One area the Redskins really struggled last year was connecting on big plays down the field, and Griffin can certainly rectify that problem if they can get his accuracy in check.
Andrew Luck was pretty limited early on to quick, short passes, but his first and only touchdown throw was a beauty. It was a very nice route run by fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton, who looked like he was running a quick out and then turned upfield and ran as fast as he could. Luck stepped into his pass and hit Hilton right where he needed to for six. It capped off a very nice drive for the Colts, who are having some issues along their offensive line. Luck was sacked a few too many times.
Griffin III showed good ability to bounce back after a sluggish start, leading a couple of touchdown drives including one that was capped off by a touchdown pass to Santana Moss.
The quarterback who played the best on this day was backup Rex Grossman, who completed all eight of his passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. The ‘Skins could have used that kind of production out of him last year, but at least he’s proving he can at least still be a capable backup after Kirk Cousins dominated last week’s game against the Chicago Bears.
As far as pre-season games go, this one was pretty entertaining.