“Just timing, just feeling more comfortable, just getting in the flow of a game, being able to play a little bit,” Griffin said. “I thought everybody just clicked extremely well.”
Some incomplete deep passes were problematic, though. Griffin barely overthrew Pierre Garcon on the first play of the game. A second deep throw to Garcon was way too long. Leonard Hankerson didn’t connect on another after Hankerson appeared to slow down midway into his route.
“Those type of things, those situations, you have to get used to a guy’s game speed,” Griffin said. “I talked to [Garcon] while we were on the sideline and told him those passes, they’ll come. Once we’re in season and we get a few more reps at those deep routes, we’ll hit those like there’s no tomorrow. We’ll have a lot of touchdowns and a lot of people celebrating.
“It was good to come out and … see that we did miss them and know what we have to fix on those particular routes, me getting on the same page with them and them being on the same page with me.”
Griffin finished the preseason 20-of-31 passing for 193 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating is 103.3.
“I think he keeps on getting better and better and more comfortable with the system, what we’re trying to do,” Shanahan said. “That goes with the experience that most quarterbacks need to get better in the National Football League.”
Backup quarterback Rex Grossman secured the victory by completing all eight of his passes for 127 yards. He threw touchdowns to veterans Morgan and Dezmon Briscoe after some fans booed his entrance into the game.
“When this offense executes well, and we get good plays and good people running the right depths, it looks crisp,” Grossman said. “A lot of good matchups with the plays versus coverages.”
Running back Tim Hightower had 28 yards on five carries in his first game action since tearing the ACL in his left knee last October.
“It was special,” Hightower said. “I think I hugged my coach and the trainers about 18 times.”
“I’ve been talking about it since OTAs, especially since I lost all that weight,” said Moss, who dropped about 15 pounds in the offseason. “I feel like I can run again. … It’s a lot more easier. I feel like my old self.”
Outside linebacker Chris Wilson sacked Colts backup quarterback Chandler Harnish for a safety in the second half. His got around the right tackle with a quick slap. It was one of four sacks by the Redskins‘ defense.
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