In advance of Sunday’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field, the Washington Redskins quarterback had nothing but good things to say about Matthews, who might be public enemy No. 1 in San Francisco after his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sunday.
On a conference call with reporters at Packers headquarters on Wednesday, Griffin called Matthews “a great player.”
“Clay, he’s got a motor and he’s a talented guy that has a motor,” Griffin said. “Anybody with that immense amount of ability that plays every snap like it’s his last is a dangerous guy. We’ll be aware of him. You’ve always got to respect your opponent, and I respect Clay Matthews as a player, and that’s all you can say. My team respects him as a player, and that’s the way we have to go about it. You’ve got to prepare. There’s going to be great players in this league that you have to play against, and he’s one of them.”
Also on the conference call, Griffin said he will not be any more hesitant to run the ball despite coming off reconstructive knee surgery.
“I feel good,” he said. “You have to trust your preparation. You trust your foundation. I put the work into the offseason to make sure that I was OK coming into the season, and that’s what you trust. You trust God that he’ll protect you, and you go out and you play fearless.”