When Robert Griffin III and the Redskins’ first team offense take the field Saturday night in Baltimore, they’ll have one goal in mind: get into the end zone.
Because, well, it’s been a while. In fact, the last time Griffin directed the starting offense to a touchdown in the preseason was against the Colts on Aug. 25, 2012. (Griffin did not take a snap during the 2013 preseason while he recovered from knee surgery.)
“We want to go score points,” Griffin said Thursday at Redskins Park. “In the first [preseason] game [in Cleveland], we didn’t get a lot of action but we moved the ball. Second game, we didn’t move the ball, and that’s never a good thing.”
He added: “We just have to go out [and] execute our plays. I don’t know how long we’re going to play. That’s up to Coach. From that point on, just every time we get an opportunity, we’re trying to score points.”
Starters typically play the first half (and perhaps a bit longer) in the third preseason game, so Griffin and Co. ought to get ample opportunity to end their touchdown drought against Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and the Ravens’ defense, which tied for second in sacks in 2014 with 49.
Griffin was sacked three times last Thursday by the Lions before he exited the game with a concussion.
“We know it’s not going to be easy,” Griffin said. “It’s a great defense. They have great players. They have a philosophy, an identity that they stay true to. I respect those guys a lot. We just have to go out, do the best that we can, make sure that we execute our plays and let everything else take care of itself.”
Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said getting into the end zone against the Ravens is critical to the unit’s confidence, particularly since the starters are not expected to play in the preseason finale.
“It’s extremely important,” Williams said. “I think all the confidence comes from putting points on the board, especially running the ball, imposing our will. That’s the going to be the big key. I think everybody feeds off a good run game, all the way around. It is our last dress rehearsal, so if we can get some drives together, put some points on the board, I think that will have us on stride going into the season.”
Griffin echoed Williams’ sentiments on the importance of building up the unit’s confidence.
“We just want to keep getting better out there,” he said. “We want to put points on the board. We want to sustain drives. Just work on all the things that we’ve been working on through OTAs, mimicamp and training camp. We’ll get some situations against the Ravens [who] have a very formidable pass rush. Just try to go and do the best that we can and be a great offense. That’s what everyone’s goal is—get to the regular season and be confident.”