RG3: 'If I had to run a forty... I feel like I could run a 4.3-something'
Previous to Tuesday, the best news we had heard regarding Griffin's knee was that it was "close" to 100 percent, but Griffin has since deemed himself fully healthy. "I would say I'm 100 percent, but you can't put a number on it," Griffin said during an ESPN Radio interview. "No one ever knows when they are 100 percent or what percentage they are playing at. The biggest thing is, I'm not below 100 percent."
Griffin says he feels even better than he did down the stretch last season after taking a hit from Baltimore Ravens' Haloti Ngata that sidelined him for one game. Griffin took that hit on December 9 and continued to play at less than 100 percent for the team's final two regular season games, as well as their playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. "I'm better than that right now," Griffin said of his current health compared to back in December.
What may be most encouraging to the casual fan who loves to watch Griffin string together highlight-type plays, the second-year quarterback seems to feel that he has fully regained his electrifying speed. "If I had to run the 40 today at the combine in my underwear, I feel like I could run a 4.3-something," Griffin told ESPN.
Griffin will visit Dr. James Andrews on Thursday, at which point he is expected to receive full clearance for Week 1. He will continue to wear a knee brace even once cleared, but as he said himself, "When you train with a brace all offseason, it becomes part of you and doesn't slow you down."
Some concern over Griffin has been brought on by ESPN's Ron Jaworski, who after watching him warm up before a preseason game said that Griffin's mechanics looked worse than last year. Having gotten a solid amount of practice time in, however, Griffin should be able to return to his sensational pre-injury form.
Griffin has said that being restricted in practice has made him even more hungry, which he didn't think was possible. "I just think I'm ready to go, I'm ready to play."