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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%: 90/33 | Average Draft Position: 92.25
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Robert Griffin III might play in preseason finale


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he thinks it would be "beneficial in some ways" for quarterback Robert Griffin III to play Thursday against the Buccaneers, but Gruden won't decide until Tuesday. Griffin is enduring a shaky preseason and has been outplayed by backup Kirk Cousins.

Jay Gruden, Robert Griffin III insist there's progress


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Despite Robert Griffin III's preseason struggles, Redskins coach Jay Gruden told ESPN.com the third-year quarterback "is further along than it appears he is. Based on his production [Saturday], a lot of people would say he’s not further along.

"He’s a lot further along than he gets credit for. All you have to look at is practice and game tape, and it wasn’t very good from anybody. But I’ve seen him practice, and I’ve seen him come a long way. [Saturday] didn’t show how much he’s come forward."

Griffin went 5 of 8 for 20 yards with an interception against the Ravens, posting a 27.1 passer rating.

Griffin said "there will be overreactions all over the place. It's our job to make sure we stay cool, calm and collected and keep fighting on."

The struggles continue for Robert Griffin Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Washington quarterback Robert Griffin continued his struggles Saturday night against the Ravens in Baltimore.

Griffin was intercepted by Terrence Brooks on his first pass attempt before a defensive pass interference call wiped out the play. A few plays later he was sacked by Brooks. On the ensuing drive, he mishandled a snap and recovered his own fumble.

Griffin was intercepted by C.J. Mosley on his first pass attempt after halftime, ending a rough night. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 20 yards, with no touchdowns, one interception and three sacks. He registered a 27.1 passer rating.

Robert Griffin III knows he must improve at avoiding hits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who rushed four times for 24 yards Monday night, acknowledged he must do a better job of avoiding hits at the end of his runs. On one play, he got hit twice near Cleveland's sideline.

"I got caught in an awkward situation on the first one and I tried to slide. It was a bad attempt at a slide," Griffin told USA Today. "And then on the sideline, on their sideline, I was just in a situation there where I thought I was going to be able to get out of bounds, and (a defender) was running out of bounds with (tight end) Jordan Reed, and he came back in, so I had to protect myself, so that's why I put my shoulder down. And then my third attempt was very successful. I got down and got out of harm's way."

While Griffin said his thigh bruise is "nothing to worry about," he said he has to improve the way he slides at the end of plays.

"It's going to continually be a work in progress," he told the paper. "I'm going to keep focusing on getting down in those situations, knowing when to fight for the extra yards and when not to," he said. "So the fans have nothing to worry about there. I'll keep getting better at that, I promise you that."

Coach Jay Gruden said it's an issue "we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself. He's had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it's a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, (and) he's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better."


Robert Griffin III suffers minor thigh bruise Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a minor thigh contusion in Monday's 24-23 win over the Browns, but head coach Jay Gruden said that he'll be fine, the Washington Post reports.

Griffin posted solid all-around numbers but took a number of hits in the game as he fought to extra yardage. The one time he was seen limping on the field was after a quarterback slide. The injury shouldn't affect his status for the next preseason game.


Robert Griffin III throws for 112 yards on nine passes Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went 6 for 9 with 112 passing yards while gaining 24 yards on four carries in Monday's preseason game against the Browns.

Griffin had the Redskins moving on the team's first drive, but the offense turned the ball over on a pitch that running back Alfred Morris couldn't handle. Griffin moved the ball with ease again on his second drive, at one point gaining 18 yards on a scramble, before throwing an interception in Cleveland territory. He received one more drive and took the ball all the way down to the one before the offense couldn't convert on fourth down at the goal line.

Griffin did a solid job in his first extended action of the preseason, though he was seen limping slightly at one point after a slide. He's aiming for a bounceback campaign in his second season back from surgery to repair his ACL and LCL.


Robert Griffin III shows improvement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) After a disheartening performance in practice Sunday, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made quicker and better decisions Monday, especially in the two-minute drill, reports ESPN.com.

"It was a lot smoother," Griffin said. "We felt in rhythm, getting to the right places with the ball, everybody being in the right place, making the right checks at the line. That's what camp is about. We will have days where it seems up and down. Today was a day we were climbing a lot. It takes repetition. It takes guys being on their stuff."

Offensive coordinator Sean McVay said Griffin's decision-making is improving daily. "Any time you get experience feeling the rush, feeling the soft spots, keeping your eyes downfield, remaining a passer and also knowing when my internal clock goes off ... it's [helpful]."


Redskins dispel notion of quarterback controversy


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) With reports circulating that Kirk Cousins has been outplaying Robert Griffin III in training camp, Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay sought to dispel any notion of a quarterback controversy. "Robert is our starting quarterback," McVay emphatically told reporters.

Report: Kirk Cousins outperforming Robert Griffin III


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Redskins' Robert Griffin III "didn't look like the best quarterback on his own team" in joint practices with the Patriots last week, reports ESPN.com. Kirk Cousins played better than Griffin "from the perpsective of running the offense, fine-tuned mechanics and how decisively the ball came out of his hand," the report said.

That sentiment was echoed by several people in the Patriots' organization, the report added.


Robert Griffin III leads scoring drive


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III led his team to a field goal on the opening drive against New England before taking a seat for the rest of the game. Griffin handed off five times to Alfred Morris and completed 2 of 4 passes for 9 yards, including a 7-yard dumpoff to running back Roy Helu.

Griffin's lone downfield throw went to Aldrick Robinson in the end zone. Robinson hauled in the 16-yard pass but his hand touched out of bounds before he could get his second foot in.


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.