Robert Griffin III Fantasy News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said Friday that he plans to play the entire season as he recovers from a torn ACL. He hasn't been placed on the PUP list at this point, but that's still an option prior to the first practice of training camp Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). The fact that he hasn't yet been placed on preseason PUP is a positive sign, but as the article states -- the Pats still have time to do so.

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Rob Gronkowski (ACL) won't know his status until camp begins
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:35am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is determined to stay on the field in 2014.

"I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," Gronkowski said Friday at a women's football clinic, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

"I don't know yet until I report, so I'll sit down with the coaches and training staff and we'll see," he said. "I'm just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with (we'll be) doing as much as possible every day that I can do."

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The sense is that the Redskins won’t need to use play-action pass as much because of an improved receiving corps, one that is much more capable of winning one-on-one battles at the line (unlike last season).

Therefore, in theory, it should result in quicker opportunities for QB Robert Griffin III. That will allow the Redskins to use less complicated reads until Griffin and the receivers grow in the offense.

Fantasy Impact:

The story also adds the run game is going to remain the same, something many assume wouldn't be the case. That's due to Alfred Morris being a workhorse back. The story added the Griffin had a great offseason, but this is his first legitimate NFL offseason and he's learning his second offense. However, with the Skins investing so much in the passing game, look for them to utilize it.

OC McVay: RG3 'looks extremely explosive'
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 8:22pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Redskins first-year offensive coordinator Sean McVay hinted that QB Robert Griffin III shows none of the effects of his rookie-year knee surgery and saying of Griffin: "I don't think there's any question: He looks explosive."

"He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season," McVay recently told ESPN Radio, via The Washington Post. "I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you. ... So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive."

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin owned the #3 PPG in his rookie season, but that fell to #17 last season due to the inefficiency of the team’s offense and his ability to run on his surgically repaired knee. The knee should be close to 100 percent entering the season, but there is a new coaching staff in town, led by HC Jay Gruden. The team added DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in free agency, so RG3 has a great receiving corps at his disposal.

RG3: Teams 'can't cover' TE Jordan Reed
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7:02pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Redskins TE Jordan Reed, who didn't play after Week 11 due to concussions, spent a week in March with QB Robert Griffin III and others in Arizona working on timing and developing chemistry.

"I think he's one of the most talented tight ends in the league," Griffin said. "He'll have an opportunity to show that. He's a guy that runs some of the best routes I've ever seen. Our offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, has said that you can't cover the guy. If (Reed) knows what he's doing, where he's going and he knows how he's trying to get there, you can't cover him. That's a good asset to have. I know last year we targeted him 11 times and he caught 11 balls in one game. That's what you want. You want to throw it to a guy that's going to catch it every time. You want to throw it to a guy who is going to secure that catch."

Fantasy Impact:

Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, in addition to a severe concussion in 2013, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7:00pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

"What I think is going to help us most this year is that everybody in that building is going to be for us being successful and for us winning," Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said. "There are no ulterior motives. That will be great. Jay (Gruden) has been phenomenal. (General manager) Bruce Allen has done great job of getting the right guys in that locker room. I tip my hat to them. They have given us everything we need to be successful. We're going to work our butts off for them."

Fantasy Impact:

This sounds like it could be offseason fluff, but Griffin hints that the team wasn't completely together last season, and that has changed under Gruden.

Making changes at the line key for RGIII
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 10:07am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Redskins failure last year to identify the blitz often left them with the wrong protection scheme, allowing 43 sacks in 2013.

This is something Jay Gruden must address. The Mike Shanahan regime left most of the protection setting to the center, not allowing QB Robert Griffin III much flexibility to change things at the line of scrimmage. While Gruden had his center heavily involved in Cincinnati, he also gave quarterback Andy Dalton the freedom to change the protection, and even the play, at the line of scrimmage if he saw fit.

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins have plenty of weapons for RGIII to utilize if he can start to recognize mismatches that he seemingly wasn't allowed to change in the past. This story points out a good example of the team having plenty of blockers, just doing a poor job of picking up a blitz on a play last season. RGIII is ranked 11th among our QBs and his ADP is the seventh, but if you can nab him as your backup QB, he could prove to be a guy you start more often.

Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:17pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Under the team’s new coaching staff, Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III is now allowed to call audibles when he sees fit.

Fantasy Impact:

This is only a positive for RGIII and Washington to have him audible out of bad matchups to put the Skins in the best position to call a better play. Washington is expected to throw the ball a little more with RGIII under center in Jay Gruden's offense, so this is just about a necessity.

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 6:50pm

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Beat writer John Keim was asked if Alfred Morris's role would be like BenJarvus Green-Ellis last year or more like Morris's role the last two years: "Well, he's better than BenJarvus Green-Ellis so I would expect Alfred Morris to get a lot more carries. Plus I'm not sold that the Redskins have their Giovani Bernard type to take away that many carries from Morris. Roy Helu will get some and perhaps Lache Seastrunk, especially in the spread. But I would expect Morris to still be a factor. But how much of one? Honestly don't know yet. I know the Redskins will keep the same run game, but I also know Jay Gruden's reputation is that he likes to throw the ball (it was also Kyle Shanahan's, too, until he landed Morris and Robert Griffin III). Morris 'only' had 276 carries last season compared to 335 as a rookie (losing so often last year didn't help). I could see his totals being closer to last year than his rookie year, just because of the added weapons in the pass game. Green-Ellis, by the way, carried 278 times two years ago but only averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Morris averaged 4.6 yards last year and 4.8 as a rookie. Big difference."

Fantasy Impact:

Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload.

Patriots, Gronkowski aiming for Week 1 return
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:05pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the goal is for TE Rob Gronkowski to be on the field for the season opener at Miami.

Gronkowski's rehab has been a lot smoother than last offseason's. The Patriots aren't going to take any risks, though. Gronkowski will spend a portion of the next month rehabbing near Foxboro.

It's possible that Gronk's knee will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Breer reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, but the Patriots won't do anything to jeopardize his chances of being ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised if we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a risk/reward pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

RG3 says it 'feels great' to be without a knee brace
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:40pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has spent the offseason mostly avoiding comparisons to last season. But Griffin did acknowledge Tuesday, as the Redskins opened a minicamp, that he’s pleased not to have to wear a knee brace any longer when he plays.

“It feels great,” Griffin said following a morning practice at Redskins Park. “Like I said, I’m blessed to have an offseason this year and not have to wear the brace. But I don’t necessarily look at last year as a downer because of the brace. It’s just better this year not to have it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin owned the #3 PPG in his rookie season, but that fell to #17 last season due to the inefficiency of the team’s offense and his ability to run on his surgically repaired knee. The knee should be close to 100 percent entering the season, but there is a new coaching staff in town, led by HC Jay Gruden. The team added DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in free agency, so RG3 has a great receiving corps at his disposal.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:17pm

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was on the same page with most of his receivers. He rolled out and launched one deep to DeSean Jackson for a big gain.

Griffin also showed signs of developing good chemistry with Jordan Reed. The QB hooked up with the second-year tight end on a few timing patterns over the middle and to the sideline.

Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:05pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

“I feel real comfortable,” Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said last week. “I’ve had a chance to have my hands and my eyes in the playbook, on the playbook. I’ve been watching film and everything for a long time now. So I feel very comfortable with it. Like I said, it’s very multiple. We have a lot of weapons out there. It’s just about us getting to the right plays and getting the guys the ball and let them go make plays.”

Griffin and others say they’re pleased with the progress so far but they realize there’s much still to be done.
“We’re continuing to throw a lot of things in there,” Griffin said last week. “Like Coach likes to say, we’re gonna huddle up and try to play smash-mouth football, and then we’re gonna no-huddle and still play smash-mouth football. So we’re doing a lot. We did a little no-huddle today, working that stuff in.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that Griffin used the term "smash-mouth" when describing the offense as Gruden was criticized for abandoning the run too often in 2013 while he was the OC in Cincinnati.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:13pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III looked sharp in Week 1 of OTAs, and was a little erratic last week. He looked sharper today, and in addition to Jackson, connected with tight end Jordan Reed and wide receiver Ryan Grant for long touchdown passes. HC Jay Gruden said he’s “very happy” with the chemistry that Griffin is developing with his receivers. Griffin meanwhile, said he feels “very comfortable” with Gruden’s offense, although he admits he still has much left to learn.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:12pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson, who this week returned to action after nursing a strained hamstring last week, was heavily involved in the offense during today’s drills. The receiver lined up in a variety of positions and was used in a number of ways, just as he had during the limited action that we saw from him two weeks ago before he pulled the hamstring. Jay Gruden said that Jackson still isn’t yet totally 100 percent healthy, but that he had recovered enough to practice fully. The coach said Jackson has to hold back while making a few different cuts, but that he is doing well. Jackson displayed his speed as he created separation on a couple of crossing routes. He also had enough of a burst to get a slight step on rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland to catch a pass from Robert Griffin III.