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Darrel Young: It’s Robert Griffin III’s World, ‘We’re Just In It’
ASHBURN – Darrel Young is excited to see what Robert Griffin III can do in his first game for the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
“The packages they have in for him – I don’t even know what the hell is going to happen yet,” Young said. “I don’t know what to expect. I’ve never really seen him unleashed. I’ve seen him in practice run for 10 yards and they blow the whistle and he jogs back to the huddle, but I want to see him run 80. I don’t think anyone’s catching him when he breaks it.”
Griffin, selected No. 2 overall by the Redskins in the NFL Draft in April, was restricted in the offense during the preseason. He threw just 31 passes – by far the fewest of the five rookies projected to start at quarterback for their teams in the opener.
His adjustment, according to Young, has been fluid.
“All the success he’s had is because God willing, he’s a great guy, and he just wants to do good,” Young said. “He bought into the system that Kyle [Shanahan, the offensive coordinator] had. He didn’t come in here and say, ‘This isn’t my offense. This isn’t what I had at Baylor.’ He bought into the system. He’s a leader, regardless of whether people think so or not.”
Young had heard of what Griffin did last year at Baylor – winning the Heisman Trophy and setting multiple school records – but didn’t pay much attention to the prospect of him being the Redskins’ starting quarterback.
The attention he gained through the offseason, including the high draft choice and the multiple endorsements, hasn’t affected his personality at all.
“I thought he did a hell of a job being in commercials and stuff like that but [still] keeping a low profile,” Young said. “People would say, ‘How could you keep a low profile when you’re in every commercial?’ You don’t hear him saying, ‘I’m this,’ or ‘I’m that.’ He’s not an arrogant guy. He’s not gonna come out and say, ‘Hey, this is what I’m going to do.’ It’s, ‘For this franchise, this is what we need to happen.’
With his presence, Young said he hasn’t heard anything about the Redskins winning only five games last year or any projections on the team finishing last in the NFC East for the fifth consecutive year. Instead, all the talk has been positive, mostly because of the hype surrounding the quarterback.
“He’s a rookie,” Young said. “So what? It’s his team, it’s his world and we’re just in it. We’re just trying to win, man.”