The following is a special feature article written via FanDuel.
With as much promise as Robert Griffin III showed during 2012, the Washington Redskins have reasons to worry about their franchise player. Most notably, he will be forced to run less coming off another major knee surgery, which will change the way he plays the game. The question is, just how good will he be when compared to quarterbacks in his age group?
Ever since winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, there have been doubts about how sustainable Griffin’s playing style can be. This is a guy who constantly exposed his body for hard hits while trying to pick up extra yardage. He has world-class speed, and chances are most of that if not all of that will return after the injury. However, Washington has to protect their investment a bit and avoid the temptation of having him run so much.
Perhaps the best thing that came out of 2012 was the fact that one of the fantasy football sleepers of last season, Alfred Morris, is a more than capable NFL running back. He can help take the pressure off of Griffin for the next few seasons to open up passing lanes and help the cornerback become an even more dangerous pocket passer.
Despite Adrian Peterson showing the world that a major knee injury doesn’t have to change a player, things are a little different when comparing a running back to a quarterback. With so many other talented young quarterbacks in the NFL, it is hard to rank Griffin too high at the moment. His arm is solid right now, but it is going to have to get better in the next couple of seasons for him to really turn the corner. If he can do that, the Washington Redskins will be a solid contender for most of the next few seasons.