Despite his best efforts, Robert Griffin III did not play in the preseason as a precautionary measure so that his surgically-repaired knee would be fully healed -- or healed enough -- to play in Monday's season opener.
RGIII's final statistics were solid for the most part -- a career-high 329 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions -- but he certainly wasn't his dynamic self as the Eagles shocked the Redskins in a 33-27 victory.
The Eagles certainly noticed that, picking Griffin off twice (the first multi-interception game of his career) and preventing him from busting loose.
"This is my second time facing him," said Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, one of the two players to pick off Griffin Monday. "I think he’s rusty just a little bit, honestly.
"I played him in the end of the season last year and he had a heck of a performance against the Ravens. I know he’s not up to form yet."
Meanwhile, Griffin faced questions regarding whether or not sitting out of the exhibition schedule played a role in his subpar performance.
“I think that’s an excuse, Griffin told reporters. "I’m responsible for the way I play. I didn’t play very well in the first half so it’s just the way it is.”
The first half more or less served as RGIII's preseason, but once he got into a rhythm, he played much better. he earned 169 of his 329 yards and both of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
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