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Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 07:57 AM

Robert Griffin III aims to become a starting quarterback again

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Robert Griffin III hasn't started more than seven games in a season since 2013, his second year in the NFL, and has been a full-time backup in Baltimore the past two years after sitting out the 2017 campaign.

The once-upon-a-time Offensive Rookie of the Year, however, still holds out hope that clutching a clipboard isn't the entirety of his fated NFL future.

"I do want to be a starter again," Griffin said recently on 1660 ESPN, via NBC Sports Washington. "I'm 30 years old. Quarterbacks are playing into their 40s now. There's a lot of time left to still go achieve all the dreams and goals I set for myself."

Griffin was last given a chance to be a starter in Cleveland in 2016, after then-coach Hue Jackson's infamous "Earth moved beneath my feet" comment about RG3's offseason workout. Griffin started five games that season and looked overwhelmed, skittish and scattershot.

To turn his career around and get a shot at another starting gig would be a hell of a next chapter in the saga that has been his pro career.

Spending the last two years in Baltimore, however, certainly should have helped rehab his perception around the league.

"It's been an amazing experience being in Baltimore," Griffin said. "A top-notch, first-class organization. They take care of their players. They understand the importance of taking care of the quarterbacks and surround the quarterback with guys and people that will help them grow. I'm a part of that. I'm a part of that for Lamar (Jackson), helping him grow, helping him see the game, helping him continue to get better every single day."

With Lamar Jackson and the Ravens proving a diverse, multifaceted offense led by a dual-threat quarterback can cause havoc on defenses, it's not out of the question that Griffin, who began his career with one of the most explosive seasons ever from a quarterback, could be given a shot to compete for a starting gig at some point.

Barring a disastrous injury to Jackson -- like the one that began to unravel Griffin's career -- that opportunity isn't happening in Baltimore.

While RG3 isn't giving up hope of competing for a starting gig again, he didn't rule out being Jackson's caddie for more than just next season -- he'd just like a pay raise.

"Right now, with where I'm at in Baltimore, just trying to maximize that opportunity," Griffin said. "Who knows? Maybe I'll be in Baltimore for the foreseeable future playing the role I am now but getting compensated more for it, or I'll be able to go out and compete to be a starter again somewhere in the league."

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he relied on his legs too much and it was certainly exciting to watch him play.  same thing with vick and superman.  but the legs slow down and if these guys don't really learn how to play qb they just don't last long.  i suppose he could latch onto a team much like vinny did or doug williams or plunkett and have a nice few years but it's doubtful he's going to get another starter job right out of the gate.

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It is really a sad story. His 2012 rookie season he threw for 3200 yards, 20 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions, including his playoff stats. His QB ranking was 102.4. He also rushed for 815 yards and had 7 touchdowns. I remember the injury he sustained in the wild card game that year, he tore his LCL, ACL, and his meniscus.  Those memories remind us that running QBs do not last long in the NFL. He is exactly the same height as Lamar Jackson, and weighs approximately 10 pounds more.

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2 hours ago, Prez33 said:

Bust. Remember how hyped that guy was? 

is a plyer who was the OROY and had his career derailed by injury be called a "bust"

i mean, i get it, they invested a lot in him...     for me bust is just the player not performing well

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16 minutes ago, GaryM said:

It is really a sad story. His 2012 rookie season he threw for 3200 yards, 20 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions, including his playoff stats. His QB ranking was 102.4. He also rushed for 815 yards and had 7 touchdowns. I remember the injury he sustained in the wild card game that year, he tore his LCL, ACL, and his meniscus.  Those memories remind us that running QBs do not last long in the NFL. He is exactly the same height as Lamar Jackson, and weighs approximately 10 pounds more.

So are you betting LJ gets a season ending injury this year? if so, how much you willing to bet?

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10 hours ago, Big_Slick said:

Josh Allen is tougher and built better than Jackson and RGB put together. BUT no matter what Josh will always be a RB playing QB. Jets are damn lucky the draft fell the way it did or we'd be watching Josh Allen or Rosen instead of a top 5-10 FQB in Sam.

Sam will end up the best qb out of that draft

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I actually had hopes for him last year in a system perfectly designed to fit his strengths. Then he came in and played a few times, and man was it painful.

If he couldn’t make the most of his opportunities then, he’s not doing it anywhere.

Crazy how that draft turned out. Luck is out of the league, RG3 is not wanted by the league, and Kirk pulled a Bran - sitting on a 5 year $150m deal after doing nothing his whole life.

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5 minutes ago, greenwichjetfan said:

I actually had hopes for him last year in a system perfectly designed to fit his strengths. Then he came in and played a few times, and man was it painful.

If he couldn’t make the most of his opportunities then, he’s not doing it anywhere.

Crazy how that draft turned out. Luck is out of the league, RG3 is not wanted by the league, and Kirk pulled a Bran - sitting on a 5 year $150m deal after doing nothing his whole life.

I still don’t understand why every year people drool over Big 12 QBs playing in one read systems against defenses that couldn’t stop most of the posters on this messageboard 

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On 6/10/2020 at 7:30 PM, Losmeister said:

is a plyer who was the OROY and had his career derailed by injury be called a "bust"

i mean, i get it, they invested a lot in him...     for me bust is just the player not performing well

Well, there was that too.

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49 minutes ago, Losmeister said:

after injury. it does happen

Well, he wasn't exactly lighting the league on fire prior to the big knee injury either.  The Redskins were NUTS giving up what they did to draft him, but hey, the Rams liked the deal!

 

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5 minutes ago, CanadaSteve said:

Well, he wasn't exactly lighting the league on fire prior to the big knee injury either.  The Redskins were NUTS giving up what they did to draft him, but hey, the Rams liked the deal!

 

Went 9-6 made playoffs...   20 Td 5 INT , top 3 qb rating @ 102.4, 9th in QBR @ 68.0

rushed for 815 yds and 7 tds.....

loook at the bums Rams got...       the injury was what happened...

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