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Ravens Should Prioritize Robert Griffin III

March 08, 2019 - 10:57 am
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By Austin Medina  

Last April, the Baltimore Ravens had signed Robert Griffin III to a one-year contract. Almost a year later, the Ravens should resign Griffin III to be Lamar Jackson’s permanent backup.

Currently an unrestricted free agent, Griffin III should be a top priority for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson will endure his first offseason as a starting quarterback in the NFL and Griffin III can help him along the way.

Sure Griffin III isn’t the same player he was when he burst onto the scene in Washington. It is almost impossible to forget the success he produced, winning the 2012 Rookie of the Year. Apparently he hasn’t forgotten being released by Washington in 2016, nearly three years after a grueling ACL injury stunted his success.

He tweeted this shortly after the Redskins traded for Case Keenum. The Broncos traded Keenum just weeks after acquiring former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in exchange for a fourth-round pick. 

Griffin III can help Jackson in a variety of ways while also serving as a viable backup.

He can help Jackson in the film room.

He can teach Jackson the necessity to slide while running instead of taking big hits. Griffin III can teach from experience the importance of salvaging your health in a long season.

Thirdly, Griffin III can help develop Jackson’s passing skills. In 2018, Jackson completed just 58.2% of his passes and his inability to complete passes was exploited in the Ravens 23-17 loss to the Chargers in the Wild Card round. Griffin III has a career 63.3 completion percentage, including completing 68.6% in 2014.

Both Griffin III and Jackson have a ton of similarities. Both won the Heisman trophy during their play in college. Coming out of college, both players were renowned for their ability to make plays with their feet and their remarkable speed. 

There is no notion of Griffin III’s market just yet.

 

With quarterbacks such as Nick Foles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Tyrod Taylor, it is safe to assume that the market isn’t extremely high. 

Of course Taylor makes sense as a "similar style quarterback", due to his dual-threat capabilities. The Ravens drafted Taylor in 2011 but much of his production came after his time in Baltimore ended in 2014. Unlike Taylor, Griffin III has a familiarity with both Jackson and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. 

With Griffin III on the team, there are more benefits than not. His veteran leadership and relationship with Jackson would bring more comfort for the Ravens, on the field as well as off the field. In my opinion, Baltimore should look to sign Griffin III for a reasonable price on a multi-year deal.

Do you think the Ravens should resign Griffin III to serve as Jackson’s backup?