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Pre-Season: RG3 Will Take Less than Half the Snaps

RG3 has met with Kyle a few times but RG3 hasn't started the real grind of learning the Redskins' offense. Following the draft, his signing and his graduate classes' mid-May end of semester, RG3 will have only 13 short weeks before his inital NFL action in pre-season game one.

Many veteran QBs have compared their rookie seasons to waking up in a car that's traveling 200 mph. I like this analogy because the primary determinants of success in auto racing are precision and good race craft. (Did you know that racing drivers as a group do not have unusually good reflexes?)

Are precision and craft (skilled artistry) every bit as important when it comes to being a successful NFL quarterback? (Brees, Brady and Peyton have made me a believer.)

You might assume coaches play their rookie franchise QBs a lot in the 4 pre-season games, giving their rookie QBs as much "practice" as possible. But coaches don't like to risk their young franchise QBs' physical and psychological health by suddenly exposing them to the NFL's 200 mph game play. Coaches prefer to wait until their young QBs are somewhat proficient and no longer feel like the game is being played at 200 mph. Expect to see RG3 behind center less than half the snaps this pre-season. Requisite statistics:

Last 3 Rookie Franchise QBs' Pre-season Playing Time:

'11 – Cam Newton (Rookie, Heisman winner, 1st pick) (7 of 16 qtrs):

Game 1: 2nd + 3rd qtrs.

Game 2: 1st half.

Game 3: 1st 3 qtrs.

Game 4: 1st drive only.

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'10 – Bradford (Rookie, former Heisman winner, 1st pick) (5 of 16 qtrs):

Game 1: 2nd qtr.

Game 2: 1st half.

Game 3: 1st half.

Game 4: 1st drive only.

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'09 – Matthew Stafford (Rookie, 1st pick) (7 and a half of 16 qtrs):

Game 1: late1st qtr and early 2nd qtr.

Game 2: 2nd + 3rd qtrs.

Game 3: final 3-1/2 qtrs.

Game 4: 1st qtr.

(Note: Game 4 of the Pre-season coaches barely play their 1st or 2nd string QBs due to the risk of injury.)

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