| Quarterback, Washington Redskins
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|Draft: 2012 Round 1 (2)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 223 DOB: 1990-02-12 Age: 24
|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. RGIII’s unique talents match up well with Shanahan’s 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 Carolina’s Cam Newton put together as a rookie seem slim. Griffin doesn’t have Newton’s size and strength meaning he won’t be his team’s goal line back like Newton. The Redskins also don’t 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.
|RG3 expected to start Week 16 -- Mon Dec 15 4:20 pm --|
Colt McCoy (neck) likely to be inactive
|Washington HC Jay Gruden said the plan is to start Robert Griffin III Saturday against the Eagles. (Washington Redskins on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Not that it will matter to most owners playing in their league's championship games, but Griffin looked as good as he has all season in Week 15 versus the Giants. The third-year quarterback completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 236 yards and a touchdown while running for 46 more yards. Were it not for a highly questionable fumble call in the end zone, RG3 could have also added a rushing score. However, with Washington's offensive line protecting poorly, he could be in for a long day on Saturday against the Eagles.
| RG3 could be in line for another start -- Mon Dec 8 4:05 pm --|
Colt McCoy suffered neck strain in Week 14
|Washington HC Jay Gruden said if Colt McCoy can't play Sunday against the New York Giants, then Robert Griffin III would get the start at QB. (Redskins on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It might be for the best for Washington's future. At 3-10 with a top-10 draft pick looking like a sure bet, the Redskins owe it to themselves to see if Griffin can show them enough over the final three games of the season so they can make a decision at the position. Despite the abundance of surrounding talent, however, fantasy owners can safely avoid the quarterback position in Washington for the rest of this season.
|Washington "done" with RG3? -- Thu Dec 4 7:20 pm --|
Local paper believes team "must part ways" with QB in 2015
|Although HC Jay Gruden had doubts about Robert Griffin III before coming to Washington in January, Griffin was his unquestioned starter from the offseason workouts through training camp to Week 1 of this season. After working with Griffin for more than 10 months, however, Gruden is now done with him, according to multiple people within the organization.
Through three preseason games and five starts in the regular season, Gruden has seen enough to realize that Griffin is at best a long-term project as a pocket passer. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: There has been plenty of speculation to support the notion that RG3 may be nearing his end in Washington and this only serves to further it. Griffin's inability to develop as a pocket passer and off-field comments haven't helped his cause in keeping his job either. Washington is on track to get a top-10 pick in next year's draft, so look for plenty of reports of a trade-up in the coming months as the team likely prepares to select another "franchise quarterback".
|Redskins expected to start Colt McCoy -- Tue Nov 25 11:30 pm --|
RGIII headed to the bench
|The Washington Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a team source. While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, per another source. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The momentum to bench RGIII has been building the last couple weeks and it appears will come to a head this Sunday. Given the state of the offense under Griffin, the turn to McCoy could give the passing game a positive bump. The Redskins face the Colts in Week 13, then STL, NYG, PHI and DAL.
| Jay Gruden to decide on RG3 tomorrow -- Wed Oct 22 7:00 pm --|
Colt McCoy to start if Griffin III can't play
|Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he would like to have made a decision on whether Robert Griffin III will play against Dallas following a workout and a medical examination on Thursday morning. While Gruden has told McCoy that he will be the starter on Monday if Griffin is not medically cleared to play, Gruden did say that Griffin is the “wild card” for that game. (Washington Times)|
FF Today's Take: Griffin III has upside as a QB2 for the second half of the fantasy season yet inconsistency prevents him from being a reliable starter. He should not be relied upon for Week 8 even if he returns to action. The entire offense could struggle if Colt McCoy is asked to lead the Redskins against the Cowboys.
| Colt McCoy to draw Week 8 start -- Mon Oct 20 6:55 pm --|
Assuming Robert Griffin III (foot) is unable to return
|Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's not going to rule out a return this week by quarterback Robert Griffin III. But Gruden also made it clear that Griffin still must show a lot in practice before the team declares him ready to start.
If he doesn't start, then Gruden said Colt McCoy would do so against Dallas for the teams' Oct. 27 matchup. Griffin has not played since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.
FF Today's Take: Griffin's initial optimistic timetable was 8-10 weeks, so a six-week return is highly unlikely. McCoy went 11-for-12 in relief of Kirk Cousins after he was benched at the start of the second half of Washington's Week 7 win over Tennessee. McCoy will likely start against Dallas (Week 8) and Minnesota (Week 9) before the Redskins' bye, possibly allowing RG3 to return in Week 11 versus Tampa Bay.
| Griffin III will start when he returns -- Wed Oct 15 6:30 pm --|
Cousins is winless in four starts
|Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Wednesday and participated in individual drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated left ankle Sept. 14. Coach Jay Gruden said Griffin will once again be the team’s starter upon his return, whenever that might be. In the portion of practice open to the media, the third-year quarterback stretched with the team and threw passes to wide receivers alongside the team’s other quarterbacks. Griffin’s accuracy varied but the ankle did not appear to limit his movement.
FF Today's Take: Kirk Cousins flashed some fantasy potential initially but costly turnovers have contributed to the team's four-game losing streak. RG3 is at least another week away and remains a wild card to help fantasy owners when he returns.
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