Robert Griffin III downplays significance of facing Redskins
Robert Griffin III has insisted there will be no extra motivation involved when taking the field on Thursday against one of his former teams.
“I’ve got nothing but love for the Washington Redskins and the organization,” Griffin said this week, via ESPN. “They drafted me in 2012 and gave [me] an opportunity to play this game that I’ve dreamed of playing for most of my life. If I get that opportunity to go out there and play against them, it won’t be any more special or less special. But I’ll always know where I started.”
RG3’s meteoric rise to superstar status as a rookie with Washington in 2012 was matched only by his stunning fall back to earth amid injuries while falling out of favor with the team. The quarterback was unceremoniously cut loose by the team in 2016 after being relegated to an afterthought on the roster.
While Griffin did catch on with the Cleveland Browns shortly afterward, injury derailed any opportunity for a career renaissance.
After sitting out of the 2017 season, Griffin signed with the Ravens in April. And with his roster spot with the team not assured, Griffin has far bigger things to focus on than facing his former team. While Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Griffin “done everything we’ve asked him to do and more,” the veteran finds himself slotted third on the depth chart behind Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson.
Making Griffin’s uneasy situation in Baltimore all the more dicey is how the Ravens have not carried three quarterbacks on the roster in nine years. Griffin is nevertheless grateful to the Ravens for the opportunity to dispel some of the negative connotations associated with his “RG3” nickname.
“When I came into this locker room, these guys didn’t expect me to be the first guy in and last guy out,” Griffin said. “They expected me to come in with that moniker of RG3. I think I’ve earned their respect…”
In two preseason starts, Griffin completed 65.9 recent of his passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. One final opportunity comes Thursday night against his former squad.