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Need to Know: For RG3, preseason games are about risk-reward

Jul 24, 2013, 6:38 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 24, one day before the Redskins start training camp.

The risk-reward balance

So it appears that we won’t see Robert Griffin III in the games that don’t count so that the Redskins can be assured that he can play in the games that do count.

Is this the right move?

Some say that it is. The preseason games don’t count so why in the world would Mike Shanahan want to risk the future of the franchise by putting him out there against some hostile players who would love to make a name for themselves by laying a big hit on RG3.

On the other hand, Griffin is going to take a hit sooner or later. Why not get it out of the way in a game that doesn’t count? He will be able to go into the season opener against the Eagles not wondering what his right knee will feel like to get driven to the ground by a very large man.

Does he need the work? Any second-year QB can use the experience he could gain from getting snaps against another first-team NFL defense. But does he need to play in the preseason? The truth is that Griffin can probably go out there and play well from September through December (and perhaps beyond) without the benefit of having played in August.

And after an offseason where Griffin was called “superhuman” and everyone talked about his rehab being “ahead of schedule”. With him being “eased in” to practice and not playing in preseason games, expectations are now being lowered. If we don’t see the jaw-dropping RG3 in training camp and don’t see him at all in the preseason games, that will be OK because nothing is being expected of him before the regular season starts.

The Redskins balanced the risk and reward of having RG3 play in the preseason and decided that the former outweighed the latter. They will have to let Griffin prepare as best he can without having to face live contact. Maybe Griffin won’t be quite as sharp as he would be if he got some preseason reps but apparently they are willing to pay that price to help ensure that he stays in one piece until Sept. 9.

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Today’s schedule

4:00—News conferences by Robert Griffin III and London Fletcher (televised live on Comcast SportsNet). Also media availability with Barry Cofield, Kirk Cousins, Stephen Bowen, and Trent Williams

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