Robert Griffin III promises to improve sliding this season

Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took several big hits during Monday night's game against the Cleveland Browns. After the game, he tweeted that he will continue working on avoiding big hits by sliding.

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New Washington coach Jay Gruden was worried by what he saw from Griffin during the game:

It's something we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in an AP report. "He's had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it's a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, (and) he's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better. 

Griffin sustained a thigh bruise during the game, but he claims the injury occurred on a sack, not a scramble, and that it isn't serious.  

Improving his sliding has been an area of focus for Griffin. Last September, he suggested that he might ask Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for pointers. 

- Alex Hampl
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