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“I should have gotten rid of the ball a little earlier,” Griffin said.

His throwing mechanics betrayed him at times, too. On second-and-12 from the Chicago 17 in the second quarter, Griffin threw a slant pass incomplete behind Pierre Garcon. Griffin didn’t step toward the target with his left foot, and his front shoulder flew open.

Earlier, the Redskins failed to convert third-and-2 near midfield because Griffin threw on the run behind tight Niles Paul. Paul got both hands on the soft toss, but he had to turn awkwardly to do so. The ball fell incomplete, and the Redskins punted.

“I’m trying to get to the first down, just full-speed running. It was back here,” said Paul, re-enacting his reach. “You’ve got to make that catch.”

Griffin spoke during training camp about the importance of turning his left shoulder all the way toward his target when throwing on the run to his left. He did not do that on that throw.

“Those are the kind of things you figure out through the course of the game and then the course of a season,” Griffin said. “I think you learn the more you play.”