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TRADING SPACES: Robert Griffin III


By Patrick Anderson, DFW Writer, @DFW_Shackleford

// DFW / REDRAFT 2016 SERIES

KEY VITALS
Robert Griffin III was the second overall pick just four years ago after Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins delivered THREE first round picks and a second to grab him and watch him post 3200 yards with a 65.6% completion rating along with 20/5 TD:int ratio, taking home NFL Rookie of the Year honors and being a huge phenom in the Washington DC media market.  The rookie success story, however, was short lived due to a torn ACL/LCL during the NFC wildcard match-up against the Seattle Seahawks, ending both the Redskins’ and RGIII’s Cinderella season after a 3-6 start.  That was the best of times for the Heisman Trophy winner as the rest of his time in Washington blended together into a vortex of injuries, clashes with management, and riding the bench until he ended up as the QB3 behind Kirk Cousins and Coly McCoy and often a scratch on Sundays. On March 24th, however, a new door opened as the Cleveland Browns and Hue Jackson struck a deal with Griffin at 2 years and $15 million.

 

CAREER STATISTICS

YEARTEAMGAMES STARTEDCOMP PCTPASS YARDSPASS TDsINTsQB RATINGRUSH YARDSRUSH TDs
2015Washington Redskins00.00000.000
2014Washington Redskins768.71,6944686.91761
2013Washington Redskins1360.13,203161282.24890
2012Washington Redskins1565.63,200205102.48157
TOTAL3563.98,097402390.61,4808

 

FANTASY OUTLOOK
rg3ss The Browns starting QB to open the 2016 season may be a little clearer now that the NFL Draft dust has settled and the Browns did not opt for QB until they nabbed Cody Kessler with the 93rd pick.  That said, there is nothing to indicate that RGIII will be given the starting role either — and that much is clear from the Browns’ brass.  They still have Josh McCown on the roster who was a decent fill in last year (12 passing TDs to just 4 INTs is not too shabby given the receiving weapons on this team last year) plus now the addition of Cody Kessler who has Hue Jackson’s attention after the teams’ rookie camp.  It may be a long shot, but if RGIII can remain healthy and use the tools he gained from his recent stint at the QB guru Tom House clinic, he may find the fantasy relevance owners were drooling over in 2012 (or at least some fraction of it).  Until this happens he’s nothing more than a situational depth piece.

 

FFWIMAGE-BrownsNEW TEAM IMPACT
Hue Jackson has made no indication of which head of the Cerberus QB situation will emerge as the starter, but perhaps RGIII has the highest potential out of the competition in rookie Cody Kessler and fellow vet Josh McCown.  Griffin is maximizing his time in the offseason to improving his skills and is not taking the situation lightly as he knows the starting role will not just be handed to him.  For the sake of this article, if RGIII emerges as the QB1 in Cleveland, he was just surrounded by new weapons during the draft to include first round WR Corey Coleman and a pair of pass rushers who can help this new-look offense get, and stay, on the field.  Coleman aside, he’s now surrounded by weapons at RB (Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson), WR (Coleman, plus fellow rookies Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis and Jordan Payton, and returning vet Brian Hartline), and TE (Gary Barnidge). Relative to last year, the team has more talent at the skill-positions plus Crowell and Johnson a year under their belt working as a tandem.

 

FFWIMAGE-RedskinsOLD TEAM IMPACT
If you look back up at the career stats and place your finger over RGIII’s rookie campaign, and only pay attention to the rest of his time as a Redskin, you’ll see that his biggest impact was to the medical staff and the public movement for the NFL to start recognizing concussions and CTEs.  All joking aside, there are articles out there that have documented the horrible outcome RGIII experienced during his time in Washington and how the organization nearly ruined a young career.  Compared to Cam Newton, RGIII is the dark side to the read option QB style and how this style of play should probably be used sparingly with arguably the most valuable position in the NFL. Who would have thought it four years ago, but the player the team spent three first rounds picks (and then some) to get is gone, while the second quarterback they drafted that year in Kirk Cousins is now the center of the franchise. It’s the Kirk Cousins show for sure and he played studly last year, passing for nearly 4200 yards with 29 passing TDs (Cousins was the 10th-best fantasy quarterback last year). Washington has potentially a prolific offense put together between Cousins, Matt Jones, DeSean Jackson, Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed.