Robert Griffin III and the rest of the first-team offense played two series against the Browns Thursday, and the quarterback liked what he saw out of the unit in their 2015 preseason debut.
Thursday's preseason opener vs. the Cleveland Browns was a good test for Robert Griffin III and the rest of the first-team offense, but the fourth-year quarterback knows every rep over the next three weeks is key before the team's first regular season game vs. the Miami Dolphins.
"I thought we got some good work in moving the ball," Griffin III said. "We got into a good situation on a couple third downs so that was good for us as an offense. We scored every time we got the ball. It was good, but as coach says, we have a long way to go. Training camp is all about continuing to get better when we practice it out on the field."
The first-team offense was on the field for two drives, totaling 85 yards and four first downs.
Griffin III connected on four of his eight pass attempts for 36 yards.
Just like he has throughout training camp and over the last few years for that matter, Griffin III targeted wide receiver Pierre Garçon often.
While the two didn't link up on a possible 60-plus-yard touchdown early in the game -- nor could Griffin III get it into Garçon's hands on two fade routes in the end zone -- they would rather work through these miscues now than have them happen in the regular season.
"I think it's great that me and Pierre are on the same page," Griffin III said. "We saw the same thing and have to execute and finish the rest of the play. I thought that was really good. He's been running really well all offseason. It's good to see him good enough to be a good deep threat for us. Ryan [Grant] did a nice job for us. Andre [Roberts] had a couple nice catches. A lot of our receivers stepped up."
On one play, a 22-yard completion to Grant, Griffin III maneuvered out of the pocket and scrambled to find open space to make the pass.
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Plays like that serve reminder that Griffin III possesses dual-threat capabilities not every quarterback has.
"I just play ball," Griffin III said of playing off instinct. "It's a beautiful game that we get to play. I've said it a thousand times: we get paid to play a game that kids play in the street. When you step out there, you just have to have fun. There's no need to overthink anything. Just let your instincts take over and that's what you do. We'll continue to do that."
After Griffin III left the game, Kirk Cousins manned the second team while Colt McCoy finished the game with the third team.
Cousins finished the game completing 12-of-14 passes for 154 yards and a rushing touchdown while McCoy was 4-of-6 for 36 yards.
Overall, head coach Jay Gruden was pleased with how all three quarterbacks performed in their first live action since the 2014 regular season.
"I think Robert moved the ball very well," Gruden said. "He [Garçon] unfortunately dropped a pass. He won't drop many throughout his career. Overall, I thought the quarterbacks did a good job moving the ball, and I think the balance with the offense was very good with the passes. We were able to keep that phase of offense alive into the third and fourth quarters pretty well. I'm happy with where we are. We still have a long way to go, obviously, but it's a good start."