CLEVELAND -- Robert Griffin III had an acceptable start to his 2015 season, but it could have been much better.
Griffin completed four of eight pass attempts for 34 yards. But it was one pass that was incomplete that got most of the attention.
On the Redskins’ first series they faced second and five from the 39. After a play action fake, Griffin went deep to a wide-open Pierre Garçon. The receiver was in the clear by several yards and the pass was on the money. But Garçon dropped it and it went on the stat sheet as an incompletion.
For the most part, Griffin was in rhythm, getting rid of the ball on time with accuracy. He threw mostly shorter passes. His only pass downfield was to Ryan Grant on the left sideline, a pass threw after rolling left. That was good for 22 yards and a first down.
That drive ended when Griffin twice was unable to connect with Garçon in the end zone and the Redskins had to settle for a 33-yard Kay Forbath field goal.
That was it for the night for Griffin and the rest of the first-team offense. And although they should have had a touchdown on the pass to Garçon, the fact is that Griffin and the first-team offense have now failed to score a touchdown on a preseason drive in the last four games, including the first three last year and this one. And while preseason games don’t count in the standings, individual performances are important and at some point the unit needs to score some touchdowns to gain some confidence.
But that will have to wait until next Thursday, when the Redskins take on the Lions at FedEx Field.
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