Scouting the Redskins: Robert Griffin III is having an ordinary start this season

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Robert Griffin III lit up the NFL a year ago. This year, he’s on pace for 24 touchdown passes, 16 interceptions and fewer than 300 rushing yards — not bad, but for him, pretty ordinary numbers.

“At times, Robert looks the way he did last year. At times, not,” said backup quarterback Rex Grossman. “At the same time, we’ve gotten behind. So your game plan of establishing the run and play-action shatters. It just throws the whole game plan off.”

Griffin has a passer rating of 85.5, tied for 15th in the league. Last year, he set a rookie record with a 102.4 rating.

Griffin is nine months removed from ACL knee surgery, so if he is not running as much, there is a reason.

But his teammates remain encouraged.

“I don’t see anything different,” said receiver Santana Moss. “The thing that’s different is all the questions because of what he did. I understand that. It comes with the territory.”

Top target

Pierre Garcon is Robert Griffin III’s most trusted target. He has caught 29 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns. His catches are the most through four games for a Redskins player since 1967.

The veteran leads the team with nine third-down catches and 19 for first down. He is catching 7.4 passes a game, and his 44 targets represent a quarter of Griffin’s 170 attempts.

Garcon’s value to the Redskins was clear last year. They were 9-1 with him but 1-5 when he was out with an injury.

Fletcher facts

Veteran linebacker London Fletcher has made 203 consecutive starts, five shy of the record for most by a linebacker in NFL history.

He has also played in 244 consecutive regular-season games, most by a defensive player since 1970.

The 38-year-old is also the only active player with 30 sacks and 20 interceptions. He has 38 and 23.

And he is the leading active tackler in the league, with 1,962 (1,336 solo).

Kerrigan roll

Despite having played one fewer game than most players, Ryan Kerrigan is among the conference’s sack leaders. He has five sacks through the first four games, his best four-game stretch. He is coming off an 8.5-sack season last year and has 21 for his career.

42.5 Passes per game for Robert Griffin III, third-highest in the NFL.

Injury update

Tight ends Logan Paulsen (knee) and Jordan Reed (thigh) practiced Monday as the Redskins returned from a bye week. Paulsen has an MCL sprain in his left knee from the game against Oakland and didn’t commit to a return this week. Reed sat out the Oakland game but said he expects to play against the Cowboys.

Former Cowboys practice squad kicker Kai Forbath missed the past three games with a groin injury but is expected to kick Sunday.

Outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins is expected back from a sprained ankle.

Nose tackle Chris Neild had a right calf injury against Oakland but is expected to play Sunday.

Briefly

• Santana Moss is the leading active receiver against the Cowboys, with 84 catches for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns. The next closest, Hakeem Nicks of the Giants, has half as many catches, 42.

• Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is fifth among active players with 40 career interceptions.

•  The Redskins have 15 sacks. The Cowboys have 14.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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