Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/12

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Washington Redskins top draft pick Robert Griffin III played only three offensive series and played behind a makeshift offensive line, but he still produced decent first-half results in his NFL debut.

Griffin completed 4-of-6 passes for 70 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday night.

Despite playing behind an offensive line that featured three subs in the starting lineup, Griffin III guided the Redskins on a nifty, eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive in his third series. During the drive, the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor connected with Garcon for completions of 20, 18 and 20 yards. The last of those completions gave Washington a 7-3 lead with 5:54 to go in the first quarter.

Running back Evan Royster, starting in place of Tim Hightower, who's coming back from a torn ACL, aided the march. He gained 22 yards on four carries against a much-hyped Bills defensive line, featuring $100-million free agent left end Mario Williams who was making his Buffalo debut.

Griffin III's first series resulted in a punt. He handed off to Royster on his first two snaps and the Bills stout defensive line held the second-year back from Penn State to two yards. On third-and-8, Griffin III completed a pass to Garcon at the 31, but the receiver was ruled out-of-bounds, so the Skins had to punt.

On the second play of Washington's second possession, Griffin III completed his first pass for 12 yards to Leonard Hankerson. The rookie quarterback then handed off to Royster, who lost a fumble that was recovered by Bills safety George Wilson at the Redskins 21. That turnover led to a 43-yard field goal by Rian Lindell that gave Buffalo a 3-0 lead with 9:37 left in the first quarter.

Griffin III, the NFL's No. 2 overall pick in last April's draft, was on the field for 14 snaps and was replaced by Rex Grossman before Washington's fourth possession.

Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't look sharp in his preseason debut. In four series, he completed 6-of-14 passes for 61 yards. He did, though, have a 21-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson in the first quarter nullified by an illegal formation penalty. The Bills had to settle for Lindell's field goal at the end of what wound up being a bizarre four-play, minus-4-yard scoring drive.

Notes: The Redskins were forced to start three reserve offensive linemen because of injuries. Maurice Hurt replaced Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard, Adam Gettis started in place of Chris Chester at center, and Tyler Polumbus replaced Jammal Brown at right tackle . . . Williams, whom the Bills made the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history in the offseason, played just parts of three series and was not credited with a single tackle . . . The Bills also started a make-shift O-Line as Andy Levitre was the only starter to open the game at his normal position - left guard . . . Buffalo's all-time punting leader Brian Moorman was in mid-season form, pinning four of five first-half punts inside the 20 . . . The normally accurate Lindell shanked a 22-yard field goal attempt with 1:58 to go in the first half . . . Washington outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had a sack and batted-down pass in first two series.

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