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Whatever first impression Griffin makes Thursday night will occur in the context of a scaled-down offense.

The Redskins plan to take advantage of Griffin’s speed and athleticism during the regular season by calling a variety of plays in which he either runs the option or carries the ball by design. There’s no reason to run those plays in the preseason, though.

Not only does Mike Shanahan want to keep those a secret as long as possible, he also does not want to expose Griffin to unnecessary contact in an exhibition game.

That means Griffin must continue to work on the footwork and mechanics of option plays and fakes during practice.

But these preseason games still are valuable because he’ll gain experience reading opposing defenses — albeit vanilla ones — and developing timing with receivers.

“It’ll be interesting to see what happens,” Griffin said. “By no means am I looking to run a lot in the preseason or in this preseason game. Hopefully, I can go out, we can protect, we can throw the ball around and be successful.”

And how, exactly, will Griffin measure success Thursday?

“A couple good drives, all touchdowns, 70-yard touchdown throws to Pierre [Garcon] and Josh [Morgan], all that,” he said. “These fans are going to be excited, so I think if we go out and put together a good drive, get the ball to Pierre, [Chris] Cooley, Santana [Moss], all those guys get a touch, I think the fans will be satisfied. And, of course, win the game.”