Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Several Now-Jags Played Key Game vs. Griffin; That Seattle-Washington Playoff Game Film Part of Jags' Preparation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Several Now-Jags Played Key Game vs. Griffin; That Seattle-Washington Playoff Game Film Part of Jags' Preparation

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Jaguars defensive end Red Bryant is one of the few defenders on the team who knows what it's like to face Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Bryant was with Seattle when the Seahawks ended Griffin's rookie season, eliminating the Redskins from the 2012 playoffs 24-14. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was Seattle's defensive coordinator at the time. Defensive end Chris Clemons was also playing for the Seahawks.

The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant has been reviewing that game this week in preparation for the Jaguars travelling to face Washington on Sunday in a meeting of 0-1 squads.

"I'm definitely going to look back on that game," Bryant said. "I need to see what we did good and bad and share with the guys the things we did well to come out with a victory. Hopefully, we can apply that to this week."

Griffin made an immediate impact after entering the league as the second

overall pick. He has thrown 36 touchdowns to 17 interceptions while running for seven scores in his brief career. However, the playoff loss to Seattle is probably the game he's most remembered for as he finally crumbled to the ground after trying to play on a bad knee.

"I could see why Washington moved up in the draft to get him," said Bryant, who logged 46 snaps in that playoff game. "He has a combination of speed and accuracy. He throws the ball really well, so he has a lot of good attributes that he brings to the quarterback position. He's extremely tough, showed a lot of resiliency and he fought for his team. He should be commended on it. We were just better that day."

Defensive tackle Ziggy Hood also has experience facing Griffin from his years with the Steelers. Pittsburgh beat the Redskins 27-12 in 2012, holding them to a season-low point total. Griffin was 16 of 34 for 177 yards with one touchdown and no picks. He ran six times for eight yards.

Hood sees how Griffin is trying to protect himself by transitioning to a more pocket style of playing.

Griffin struggled last season and the Redskins were lousy on offense last week in a 17-6 loss to Houston. Griffin completed 29 of 37 passes for 267 yards with no touchdowns or picks. …

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