Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/16/12
 Washington Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III,  was able to steal away the Heisman Trophy from fellow quarterback, Andrew Luck. Stealing the Rookie of the Year trophy away from Luck should be a much more difficult task. Griffin III will need veteran teammate Santana Moss to have a good year to have a shot at stealing Rookie of the Year votes away from Luck.
Last year was Moss' worst season statistically, since 2002, his second year in the league. He's coming off a season that saw him catch only 4 touchdown passes and gain only 584 yards. Those who have followed Moss in his career know that he is capable of being a 1,000 yard receiver, as seen in 2010. That year he compiled 1,115 yards, 70 yards per game, and 6 touchdowns. These are the numbers that Griffin III will need from his receiver to have a shot at competing for the Rookie of the Year.

Luck has the better receiving corp of the two quarterbacks, with Austin Collie and Reggie Wayne. If Moss doesn't have the season that Griffin III is looking for, than his only reliable option is Pierre Garcon. The loss of Jabar Gaffney to the New England Patriots is going to hurt the Redskins a lot. He would've been a valuable target for Griffin III to throw to and also would take a lot of pressure off of Moss to have outstanding numbers.

One thing that Griffin III does have over Luck is mobility. In his four years in college Griffin III ran for close to 2,200 yards and 32 touchdowns. If Griffin III's receivers don't live up to what they are capable of, then a lot more pressure is going to be on him to gain yards on the ground. This is a nice weapon to have, but also puts the quarterback in a more likely position to get injured. This is more likely to happen as the Washington Redskins don't have that great of a running game to turn too if the passing game isn't working.

Griffin III is being thrown into a position where he really does have to be the leader of that offense. Because of this, there is going to be more pressure on him than on Luck. If Moss can have a good season right out of the gate, and can stay healthy, then a lot of that pressure would be relieved off of Griffin III. Moss and Garcon have the talent and skill level to be 1000 yard teammates. If they can do that, than not only do I think Griffin III can win the Rookie of the Year, but also the Redskins would be capable of a winning record.

When you compare the schedules of the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins, I believe that the Redskins do have an easier schedule. The toughest tests for Griffin III are going to be in week eight against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. While Luck has to face off against the Houston Texans twice, the Cleveland Browns at home, and the New York Jets on the road. Three teams who were near the top of the league in passing defense last year. 

Luck has the pieces around him to help boost his stats up while Griffin III has the weakness of his teams schedule on his side to help inflate his numbers a bit. With that being said, the real key to Griffin III winning the Rookie of the Year is going to be the performance of Moss. If he has a bad year, then unless one of his other receivers steps up incredibly, Griffin III is probably going to have a mediocre year. If Moss can perform at a high level, and have numbers close to his numbers in 2010, then Griffin III will have a good shot at winning the Rookie of the Year award and the Redskins should have a winning season.


 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Data shows NFL-backed youth program that claimed reduced concussions is bogus

Report: Odom’s family working hard to get him to go to rehab

Drug dealers adding Olympic rings to cocaine wrappers in Rio

Report: Cowboys have ‘no interest’ in Freeney, Hardy

Report: Bradham was defending girlfriend during alleged assault

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

Robbie Keane rescued on highway after running out of gas

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Tigers play high stakes game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Tavares dismisses rumors, wants to stay with Islanders

UFC signs a new broadcast deal in the U.K.

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker