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10 Robert Griffin III QB
Height/Weight: 6-2/222 | Birthdate: 2/12/1990 | Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan | Team: Washington | College: Baylor | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 77/20 | Average Draft Position: 72.80
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Gruden: Robert Griffin III won't run as much


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Redskins coach Jay Gruden told NFL Network Thursday morning that quarterback Robert Griffin III won't have as many designed runs as he had in his first two years in the league, but that he does have the green light to scramble when necessary. 

"As far as him running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden explained. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs, obviously it would be stupid not to."

Gruden did add that RG3 has made "some serious strides" this spring in knowing when to throw and when to bail out of a pass play and run. 


Robert Griffin III getting some extra help


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will work with quarterbacks coach Terry Shea next week, reports ESPN. Griffin worked with Shea earlier this offseason for a week, but wanted another tune-up before training camp begins July 24.

The last time Shea worked with Griffin they focused on Griffin's fundamentals, including narrowing his base, getting his feet to turn with his body in the pocket and raising where Griffin held the ball -- at times last year he held it too low, leading to a wind-up throw.


Robert Griffin III excited for chance to change calls


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2014) One of the new benefits of working with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden that Robert Griffin III didn't have with Mike Shanahan is the ability to change calls at the line of scrimmage. The Washington Post did a nice job showing examples of what RG3 couldn't do last season but the Bengals, Gruden's old team, did do. 

The end result should be Griffin being comfortable behind center and able to adjust on the fly to what he sees on the field. 

"If you're going to give me more opportunities and allow me to control the offense more, that's all a quarterback can ever ask for," Griffin said. "So, I'm excited for the opportunity to do everything, and I think Jay is going to allow me to do that. That's no pressure. That's what you want."

It remains to be seen if Griffin can clearly decipher defensive blitzes before and after the snap and adjust accordingly, but having the chance to make changes should cut down on the number of sacks he takes. Griffin has been taken down 76 times since entering the NFL. 


McVay: Robert Griffin III doing 'an excellent job'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said he is "really excited" to see quarterback Robert Griffin III back on the field, reports the team's official website.

"I think going into his third year, you see a lot of progression both from a physical and a mental standpoint," McVay said. "Some of the things that we've done with him the past two years are similar and some are also different. He's done an excellent job of transferring his knowledge in the meeting rooms to on the field recognizing some of those looks and audibles and recognizing things at the line of scrimmage. We will give him the chance to have great success this year."


RG3: 'We will have definite mismatches'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he can't wait to start working with an offensive cast that includes running back Alfred Morris, receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, and tight end Jordan Reed.

"I'm eager to see how we mesh together," Griffin told ESPN.com. "That's exciting for a quarterback. We can work matchups. We will have definite mismatches and then it will be good to distribute the ball around."

Griffin is excited about the variety of routes his receivers can run.

"All those guys can run," Griffin said. "None of them are limited to routes. It's not a limited route tree, which is exciting for a quarterback and exciting for an offensive coordinator calling plays. Now you know I can put these guys in any position and they can all run the routes."


A look at what Robert Griffin III has been working on


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) Robert Griffin III has spent the offseason working on some basic lower-body mechanics in hope of having a great third season. He spent a little time in Arizona working with football coach Terry Shea on things like planting his feet, aiming with his left foot and focusing on where he held the ball. 

"I didn't believe he was planting that back foot in a position where he could transfer over the front and use his lower body," Shea told ESPN regarding his footwork. "We worked on making sure he was transferring through on his throws. ... It seemed like the second year when he missed, a lot of his passes were high and that's a product of not coming down over the top well enough. He really addressed that during our six days. He was back on track."

As for where he held the pigskin, Shea asked him to hold it at his numbers or letters on his jersey, not lower. That change quickened his release. 

"Of all the quarterbacks I ever worked with, Robert is one of the top two in terms of arm speed," Shea said. "The other one was Matthew Stafford. That's what makes the real special NFL quarterbacks."

The end result of this: Griffin is more comfortable in the pocket, which should lead to more efficient play. 


Jay Gruden: I won't turn Robert Griffin III 'into a robot'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in a radio interview that he won't turn quarterback Robert Griffin III into a pocket-passing robot.

"Robert's the quarterback and ultimately Robert will play the position the way Robert plays it," Gruden told Andy Pollin. "You know, I'm not gonna turn him into a robot and say, ‘Stay in [the pocket] no matter what.' Part of his effectiveness as a quarterback is his ability to run. But will we have designed runs for him? Maybe not as many as they had last year, but there's a possibility of having those."

Gruden said the most important thing is for Griffin to make good decisions.

"Obviously when we call drop-back passes, we want him to be a drop-back passer, but if things break down like sometimes they do – sometimes guys are covered, they're not open – he needs to be Robert and make good decisions," Gruden said. "And sometimes throwing it away is a good decision, sometimes running for two yards is a good decision and getting down. So he's got to play the position the way he plays it."


Robert Griffin III embracing Jay Gruden's approach


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III declined to compare new coach Jay Gruden with former coach Mike Shanahan, but RG3 made it clear he's enjoying working with Gruden.

"I just know that Jay sees things from a quarterback’s perspective, having been a quarterback, and being a younger coach," Griffin told the Washington Post. "He knows quarterbacks need weapons, so we’ve added weapons. He knows quarterbacks need protection, so we’ve added protection. Really, in this league and this game, it’s about making the quarterback comfortable, and that’s what he’s in the process of doing, and at the end of the day, it’s on me to make everything work, and that’s what I’m going to do.

"Coach is giving me all the proper tools, and he’s putting the tools in the shed," Griffin added. "I’m ready to go to work. I’ve got my hard hat on, and I think everybody else [does] too."

Griffin told the paper his top offseason priorities are to re-establish sound fundamentals and regain confidence after a year he described as “a whole journey of second-guessing and wondering."


Robert Griffin III looking like old self


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/17/2014) A couple of members of the Redskins organization have started raving about how good quarterback Robert Griffin III looks this offseason, reports the Washington Post.

Receiver Santana Moss said via an ESPN podcast that Griffin "looks more comfortable because he don't have to worry about that brace. I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind because he couldn't do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we're out there in conditioning and stuff, he's running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin."

And former tight end Chris Cooley, currently one of the team's radio broadcasters, said "he's another person right now. I was like, 'you're running unbelievably well.' It was silly to watch. ... When you watch him run, you're like, 'You're a freak. You're seriously a freak.'"


Jay Gruden: RG3 'works out more than anybody'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) With Robert Griffin III unveiling his new personal logo, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's not concerned about the quarterback getting distracted by off-field pursuits.

"He works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen," Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If I ever felt like that was an issue, or if he was spending more time trying to create logos than he was working out and getting himself ready to play, then there’d be an issue. But there’s no issue in my mind.

"I think nowadays, these quarterbacks and these players in general, they have people do a lot of work for them," Gruden continued. "They have these mangers, these agents, and these commercial people working for them, and they’re doing all the work. I don’t think Robert’s doing any. He’s just signing off on it. Adidas is doing all the logo things for him. So if it’s extra money for him, have at it. As far as dedication and his desire to win and his work ethic, that is not to be questioned. He’s unlike anybody I’ve ever seen as far as that’s concerned."


Robert Griffin III to keep No. 10, DeSean Jackson to switch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) New Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson has worn No. 10 his entire career, the same number as quarterback Robert Griffin III. After semi-jokingly saying he might get Griffin to change numbers, Jackson agreed to start fresh with a new jersey number, reports the Washington Post.

It's unclear what number Jackson will wear.


RG3 pumped about team's firepower


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) With receiver DeSean Jackson joining the team, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has the best collection of weapons he's had since entering the league.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Redskins fan and a part of this team because of the firepower that we have,” Griffin told the Washington Post. “Everyone needs to understand that we haven’t won anything yet, and these next few months will be about building those bonds and chemistry so that we can.”


Why DeSean Jackson is a good fit for Redskins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) DeSean Jackson's skill set will mesh with the Redskins' offense and quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to ESPN.com. "Griffin's ability to throw the deep ball sits well with Jackson's penchant for catching them in the past," the report said. "It's what Jackson does best, and it's why he scares a defense so much. 

"Griffin might not have a laser arm like Michael Vick -- few do -- but it's a very good arm and it's certainly one that should connect with Jackson down the field. Oh, there's also Griffin's ability to extend plays with a group as fast as this one. That, too, should lead to headaches for opposing defensive coordinators in the week leading up to facing this offense."

Jackson joins wideouts Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts and tight end Jordan Reed to give Griffin four dangerous targets. The improved passing game also should open up running lanes for Alfred Morris.


Andre Roberts says Redskins will be pass-first team


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Redskins ranked third and 13th in rushing attempts the past two seasons. New receiver Andre Roberts anticipates Washington going pass-heavy in 2014 with new coach Jay Gruden and a healthier Robert Griffin III.

Roberts told ESPN.com he bases his belief on Gruden's approach as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator and on a conversation he had with former Bengals quarterback John Skelton.

“He was telling me about his style of coaching and what he likes to do and how he likes to use players,” Roberts said. “I think we’ll be passing more than running. We’ll have plenty of talent at the running back and receiver position for Robert to throw the ball around a little bit.”

Roberts described the attack as a passing offense "for the most part."


No knee brace for Robert Griffin III this year


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/19/2014) Robert Griffin III, among others, blamed much of his struggles last year on the brace worn on his right knee. After tearing his ACL in January and rushing through his rehab, Griffin wasn't nearly as effective as a rusher as he was during his rookie season. But with the nightmare that was the 2013 Redskins season in the rear view mirror, Griffin is focused on 2014 without the added bulk on his right knee. 

"I think it's safe to say I won't be wearing the brace," Griffin told Comcast Sportsnet, adding that he'll huddle with team doctors before making a final decision.  

Last year Griffin threw for 3,203 yards and 16 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, four fumbles lost and zero rushing touchdowns with 489 rush yards in 13 games.


Robert Griffin III to work with receivers next week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his receiving targets will gather in Arizona next week to "knock off some rust and get a jump on offseason workouts," reports the Washington Post. The receivers scheduled to attend include Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, new additions Andre Roberts and David Gettis, tight end Jordan Reed and running backs Alfred Morris, Evan Royster and Chris Thompson.

Robert Griffin III has chance to improve


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has the chance to make strides in his third year now that he's not rehabbing his knee this offseason, reports ESPN.

Griffin already has started to throw with his receivers this offseason. And he plans to work with his teammates again in Arizona in March. Griffin also will work out again with Terry Shea, the former NFL quarterbacks coach who trained him before the NFL draft. There's a desire to improve his footwork and to speed up his release

"Everybody will see a big jump in his game and he'll look more like he did in Year 1 than in Year 2," said former Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur. 


Robert Griffin III to work on footwork, quicker release


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) With the Redskins' Robert Griffin III entering the offseason healthy, he'll once again train with quarterback guru Terry Shea, reports ESPN.com. "There's a desire to improve his footwork and to speed up his release, to work on areas that will help him in an NFL pocket," the report said.

Griffin worked with Shea before his rookie season but wasn't able to last year while he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery. The report added Griffin most likely won't wear the knee brace that limited his mobility in 2013.


Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon planning joint workouts


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon told the team's website that he and quarterback Robert Griffin III will work out together this offseason. “We’ve already got that date set up. We’ve already got a place,” Garcon said. “We’re going to go to Arizona, work out there. We’ll probably do some more in Ashburn (Va.). Probably go to Baylor a little bit.

"We’re definitely going to be around. Probably go to Miami. I’m trying to talk him into going to Miami. South Florida is home."

Garcon, who at one point last season said the Redskins "suck at passing," has high hopes for 2014.

"We have a good offense. We definitely have great players," Garcon said. "We have a good tight end, a good running back, a good quarterback, good receivers. What else do you need on offense?"


Jay Gruden to emphasize Robert Griffin III's running ability


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden plans to take advantage of quarterback Robert Griffin III's running ability. “I worked with Andy Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him,” Gruden told SI.com.

“With Robert, we’ll obviously use his skill set differently," he continued. "When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive. I’m not going to try to turn RG3 into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn’t them. They’re not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish.

"The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”


Robert Griffin III excited about Jay Gruden's system


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III spoke with new coach Jay Gruden and came away "with a sense of encouragment and additional motivation," reports the Washington Post.

“Excited, man. Can’t wait to get to work,” Griffin told the paper. “Key takeaways: excited to get this thing going, get better together, have fun, win.”

Griffin said he plans to immerse himself in Gruden's system. The system "is expected to have a fair amount of familiarity to the Redskins’ previous offense because Gruden comes from the same West Coast offense coaching tree as did [fired coach Mike] Shanahan," the report said.


Robert Griffin III had no input on new coach


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had no input on choosing his new quarterback, according to Pro Football Talk.

There was some speculation that Griffin would have a say in who the team hired, but that was not the case. The organization has been criticized in the past based on the perception that Griffin holds too much power. Griffin is expected to move forward as the team's starting quarterback. New head coach Jay Gruden will no doubt respond to concerns about whether Griffin was involved in his hiring at his press conference Thursday.


Washington inactives Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Washington has made QB Robert Griffin III, WR Josh Morgan, CB Chase Minnifield, C J.D. Walton, G Josh LeRibeus, LB Adrian Robinson and LB Brian Orakpo inactive Week 17.

Griffin III continues to sit in favor of Kirk Cousins. Orakpo is dealing with a groin injury, and has not improved enough to play.


Washington inactives Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Washington has made FS Bacarri Rambo, LB Brandon Jenkins, CB Chase Minnifield, C J.D. Walton, OG Josh LeRibeus and QB Robert Griffin III inactive Week 16 against Cowboys.

Kirk Cousins will get the start for Washington. Rex Grossman will be the team's backup while Griffin misses another game.


Redskins list Week 15 inactives


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) In addition to quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been shut down for the season to preserve his health, and tight end Jordan Reed, who is still dealing with a concussion, the Redskins' list of inactives for Week 15 at Atlanta includes defensive back Bacarri Rambo, defensive back Chase Minnifield, linebacker Brandon Jenkins, linebacker Darryl Tapp and offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus. All five are healthy scratches.