Yep, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III acknowledged that he does try to draw penalties from defensive players. It's gamesmanship.
Griffin III says he attempts to incur penalties from defenders while running out of bounds.
“There will be situations, and that's why guys don't want to pull up,” Griffin told reporters. “It's happened in the past with Mike Vick or someone like that who has run to the sidelines, stopped and then gotten 20 more yards because the guy runs out of bounds trying not to hit the quarterback.”
It didn't work against Detroit Lions defensive back Rashean Mathis, though.
“He's a smart player; he didn't hit me,” Griffin said. “I kind of stopped well inside in bounds to try to get him to hit me and he didn't. He said, 'I'm not taking that penalty, Griff.' I said, 'I got you, man.'”
It did work against Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church.
“With Barry, it was more I was out of bounds,” Griffin said. “I didn't slow down at all. … He hit me and it does suck, but some guys are going to take those penalties. It's hard to walk that line, and you've always got to try to protect yourself.
“The sideline is your friend and you can get out of bounds, but a lot of defensive players, they just really don't care. Sometimes they're going to still get that hit on you.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.