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First Half Impressions of RG3 vs. Andrew Luck

4:51 PM, Aug 25, 2012   |    comments
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LANDOVER, Md (WUSA) -- Boy do I wish this was a regular season game. RGIII and Andrew Luck both have shown off their strengths, and a few minor weaknesses. Read my first half report card.

Robert Griffin III: 10/14, 73 pass yards, 1 TD

Grade: B+

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan gave Griffin chances to succeed early on in the first half. On two separate third-and-shorts, Griffin was given the signal to drop back and hum the ball -- the first was stopped by a blitzing linebacker and the second was an overthrown bomb to Pierre Garçon.

But Griffin redeemed himself on his third drive, evading pressure on an 11-yard third-down pass to Josh Morgan and also an 18-yard strike over the middle to Garçon. And just before the half, the Redskins rookie connected with Santana Moss for a four-yard touchdown.

Griffin's play was more than encouraging. He found open receivers and sold the play-action better than he has in his previous two games. I'm trying to think...did he even make a mental mistake?

What Griffin did well: Throwing the football over the middle, improvising under pressure.

What Griffin needs to improve on: Feeling the pressure, knowing when to scramble in short yardage situations and touch on his deep passes.

Andrew Luck: 12/20, 136 pass yards, 1 TD

Grade: A-

Luck's timing and touch on short patterns is unbelievable for a rookie -- very Aaron Rodgers-esque. Luck seems to already have every dink and dunk mastered in the Colts offense. You can tell even from high up in the press box how good the Stanford alum is at reading defenses. 

His most impressive throw came with 7:27 left in the second quarter. On third down, Luck's eyes baited the defenders into thinking he was throwing over the middle, but at the last second, he launched a laser bea, to T.Y. Hylton on the left sideline for a 31-yard touchdown. 

Luck's problem this year won't be that he makes many mistakes; it'll be that the Colts lack any talented players -- outside of Reggie Wayne. The Colts had some serious trouble getting open against the Redskins below average secondary. And Indy may have the worst offensive line in the NFL. 

What Luck did well: Going through his reads, accurate dart-like passes, baiting linebackers and safeties with his eyes.

What Luck needs to improve on: Moving out of the pocket more quickly, evading pressure long enough to throw deep balls. 

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