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|Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan spent big in order to move up in the draft to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and provide Washington with a franchise quarterback to match up against the other talented signal callers in the division. RGIIIís unique talents match up well with Shanahanís version of the west coast offense, which requires quarterbacks to spend plenty of time outside of the pocket, throwing on the run and scrambling for yards on the ground. At Baylor, Griffin was a monster operating out of the shotgun, throwing for 77 touchdowns and rushing for 32 more, but he will need to adapt his game in the NFL. He possesses an outstanding arm and blazing speed but the odds of him duplicating the season Carolinaís Cam Newton put together as a rookie seem slim. Griffin doesnít have Newtonís size and strength meaning he wonít be his teamís goal line back like Newton. The Redskins also donít have a true number one wideout like Newton had in Steve Smith but they do have a deep rotation of receivers that could be productive. If only the team had that type of depth along the offensive line, which has been a major concern and remains so heading into 2012. RGIII is an outstanding dynasty league prospect with a huge upside but fantasy owners are likely best served having him as a bench option in 2012.
|Browns announce RG3 as starting QB -- Mon Aug 8 9:30 am --|
Browns make it official
|Robert Griffin III has been named the Browns starting quarterback, Hue Jackson announced Monday.
Griffin III, who signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with the Washington Redskins, emerged from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. Heíll receive his first start Friday in Clevelandís preseason opener at Green Bay. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FF Today's Take: Head coach Hue Jackson made it official. Griffin has been running with the first team since Spring. Josh McCown will serve as the backup although trade talks involving his name has surfaced over the last week with Dallas needing a backup. Griffin's fantasy value sits firmly in QB2 territory.