Robert Griffin III Fantasy News

Report: Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:25pm

Dianna Marie Russini, Twitter - [Full Article]

Sources say the Redskins' plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also Week 1 against Miami.

Related Players: Robert Griffin III

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.

NFL's neurologist recommends that RG3 sits on Saturday night

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:25pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL's Independent Neurologist now recommending the Redskins not play Robert Griffin III against the Ravens on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin still hasn't fully recovered from the concussion he suffered recently.

RG3 gets full workload, will start Saturday

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 4:42pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III made it through a second straight practice without experiencing any lingering symptoms from the concussion that knocked him out of last Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit.

The quarterback on Tuesday handled a full workload, two days after practicing for the first time since suffering the concussion. (The Redskins had Monday off from practice). Griffin will see the team neurologist on Thursday, Coach Jay Gruden said, and if he remains symptom-free, he should receive clearance to play in Saturday’s game at Baltimore.

Fantasy Impact:

If healthy, Griffin will be the starting quarterback as Washington travels to take on Baltimore on Saturday evening. The fourth-year veteran will remain the starter despite having completed just 46.2 percent of his passes (6 for 13 for 44 yards), getting sacked three times, fumbling twice (one lost) and posting a passer rating of 54.6. Griffin didn’t play in the 2013 preseason because he was still working his way back from knee surgery. He last led the first-team offense to a preseason touchdown in 2012 the story pointed out. Meanwhile, but Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have played pretty well in preseason games.

Skins backup QB battle very close

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:22pm - [Full Article]

It is becoming apparent that the No. 2 quarterback in Washington will have a good shot at becoming No. 1 at some point during the season.

It’s not too much of a stretch to concoct a doom and gloom scenario for Robert Griffin III. Watching him on Thursday against the Lions and throughout his career since 2013, it seems almost inevitable that his season will be interrupted by either injury or ineffectiveness. That means that the winner of the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is likely to start some regular season games and perhaps sooner rather than later.

So who is the leader in that competition between Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy? Jay Gruden said during training camp that performance in preseason games would be the primary determining factor. If there is a leader in the battle, Gruden has not tipped his hand to reveal which one it is.

“They’re doing extremely well,” said Gruden of the play of the two backups during the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp, Cousins and McCoy have split the work with the second and third teams about as evenly as you can. Cousins has completed 77 percent of his passes averaging 9.4 yards per attempt while McCoy is completing passes at a 75 percent clip and also averaging 9.4 yards per pass. Both have been behind center for seven drives. Cousins has had better results, with the team scoring three touchdowns and a field goal with him in the game while McCoy’s possessions have resulted in two touchdowns, the story all said. As you can see, things are pretty close. It's a situation to pay attention to especially if you play in deeper leagues or leagues that start two QBs.

RG3 already back at practice

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:42pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

It didn’t take long to go from Redskins coach Jay Gruden announcing that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion after getting crunched by the Lions on Thursday night to reports that Griffin was fine, which caused some media members covering the game to wonder if the diagnosis was a convenient way to keep Griffin from talking to the media after a rough night.

People holding that opinion probably won’t be swayed by what they saw on the field at Sunday’s practice. There hasn’t been much time for Griffin to get cleared through the league’s concussion protocol, but multiple reporters at the practice report that Griffin is running the starting offense during 11-on-11 drills against the Redskins defense.

Fantasy Impact:

The quick turnaround from a concussion to being cleared for a full practice will likely lead to questions for Gruden, Griffin and others in the organization about the evaluation and treatment processes. Either way, it appears Griffin is fine.

Robert Griffin III 'fine' after concussion

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 5:53pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was apparently doing well Saturday after leaving Thursday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion.

"Robert's fine," Washington tight end Je'Ron Hamm said on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day. "He got a little banged up. I (don't) like to see any of my teammates down there on the ground, (but) I'm glad to know that he's going to be all right."

Griffin, who's expected to be Washington's opening day starter for a fourth straight season, was injured when Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on him while trying to recover his fumble early in the second quarter in a 21-17 Redskins victory.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains unclear if Griffin will be in the lineup in Washington's next game on Aug. 29 at Baltimore, the penultimate matchup on the Redskins' preseason schedule. Since NFL teams generally rest their starters in preseason finales, if Griffin is held out against the Ravens, the hope is he would be ready for the Sept. 13 regular season opener against Miami, the story said

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:57am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Three players on the Jets suffered concussions in Friday’s preseason game against the Falcons.

Coach Todd Bowles said after the game that wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, running back Daryl Richardson and safety Durell Eskridge all had concussions.

The Jets’ concussions, as well as the concussion suffered by Robert Griffin III on Thursday, bring back into focus a common concern in the NFL: Players are putting their health at risk in meaningless preseason games. Owners and players alike have shown interest in the possibility of shortening the preseason, but they can’t come to an agreement on how to go about doing that, and whether the regular season should be lengthened to compensate for the lost preseason games.

Jets wide receiver Shaquelle Evans also suffered a back injury, while offensive tackle Ben Ijalana suffered a knee injury and defensive back Dashaun Phillips suffered a rib injury.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III leaves game with a stinger and concussion

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, under siege during limited action versus Detroit on Thursday, exited early with a stinger and a possible head injury and was ruled out for the game.

Update: Griffin does indeed have a concussion. Expect him to miss some time.

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 averaged 12.0 fantasy points in the six games that he started and finished in 2014. That's what Blake Bortles averaged as the league's #24 fantasy quarterback. We know Griffin is capable of more, but he hasn't been the same player since his rookie season. Specifically, he's not running the ball as often or as effectively. A concussion would force him to miss valuable practice reps.

Skins Beat: RG3 improved, but not there yet

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:18pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has done some good things, but he’s still not “there” yet. The quarterback definitely looks more comfortable running the offense now that he’s in his second season with Gruden and Sean McVay, and thanks to the hours he has put in with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.

Griffin is doing a better job of scanning the field, getting the ball out of his hands more quickly and making better decisions. His fundamentals have improved, and that helps delivery. There are times, however, where those fundamentals get sloppy, and his accuracy wanes. Or sometimes, Griffin misses an opportunity downfield because he’s so intent on getting the ball out more quickly. He still has a habit of staring down receivers, which helps telegraph to defenders where he’s going with the ball.

But all in all, Redskins coaches and officials believe that they see better play and confidence. In practices, Griffin has been the most consistent of the three quarterbacks. However, the Redskins need more from him. It’ll be good to see Griffin go through two quarters of action on Thursday night. The more he plays, the better. It’s the only way he’s going to improve.

Fantasy Impact:

The next two preseason games are extremely important for Griffin. He hasn’t led the first-team offense to a touchdown in a preseason game since his rookie season. He has to be able to put points on the board. Each week he must take another big jump forward in his development. If he regresses, and this offense doesn’t produce, Gruden will begin running out of patience and will be forced to try another quarterback, even though they each have their limitations. Kirk Cousins has had ball security issues, but looked good last week against the Browns. Colt McCoy has had a rather rocky training camp. Griffin must produce, and he must stay healthy, the story went on to say. Most of the news out of Skins camp has been positive about RG3 so there are some encouraging signs there. In terms of fantasy, he's more of a QB2 prospect to take with the hope he gets back close to his rookie form.

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:55pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

After Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden's public criticism of Robert Griffin III last season, it sure sounds as if there is a concerted effort to say mostly nice things about the quarterback nowadays.

And not just on Gruden's part. General manager Scot McCloughan, too.

In a brief meeting with reporters after a morning walkthrough at training camp Sunday, McCloughan was asked about Griffin's performance against the Cleveland Browns in Washington's first exhibition game.

"Liked it a lot. Liked it a lot. I see improvement. Liked it a lot," McCloughan said. "I see confidence. I see ball out on time. I see a good football player."

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin played only in the first quarter Thursday night at Cleveland, going 4 for 8 for 36 yards, plus one run for 3 yards. A potential long completion was dropped by receiver Pierre Garcon. Backup Kirk Cousins was 12 for 14 for 154 yards passing, plus a rushing touchdown.

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:50pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III is having an impressive morning throwing the ball, despite rain that sent fans scurrying for cover at the Redskins’ Bon Secours training camp on Saturday.

Since the first of three practices against the Texans, Griffin has been completing passes all over the field.

This is Griffin’s fourth season with the Redskins. It’s a crucial season for him.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin is having a great camp so far as he tries to bounce back to form. He's another of our QB2 ranked signal callers who may surprise and give owners some later-round upside at the position if they are looking to stream or play a committee.

Gruden: Robert Griffin III 'on steady climb'

Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:32pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

The Redskins have been in training camp for five days now, and reports are that quarterback Robert Griffin III has looked sharp. On Monday, head coach Jay Gruden echoed that sentiment.

"I feel like he's on a steady climb," Gruden said in a press conference. "And we just gotta keep him that way."

But while Griffin's reported progress is a great development for the team overall, Gruden knows that having all the focus on #10 isn't the way things need to be.

"We're trying to make this more about the team than Robert," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Gruden said it's more knowledge of the system and repetition that's helped RGIII look more comfortable. The coach added they want to keep building him and build his confidence and surround him with a good running game and defense.

It's early, but RGIII continues to look good

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:49pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

It’s still a little early to call it a trend, but Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has been sharp in practice two days in a row.

In fact, Griffin went a combined 16 of 18 in 11-on-11 drills on Friday and Saturday. One major emphasis for the fourth-year passer is consistency. And, after an up and down Day 1, he's shown well.

Fantasy Impact:

"While it may be early" is a good reason to counter any kind of positive news in training came for most players this time of year, for RGIII any little bit of good news may mean a little more. Obviously he's a key to the Redskins offense that features a lot of talent, so if Griffin can keep his momentum going heading into the season, it may be good news for his owners. Griffin is ranked just 21st on our QB list but would be a popular waiver wire pickup if he starts to put up fantasy numbers with his arms and feet.

Committee approach not ruled out for Redskins RBs

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:58am - [Full Article]

The Redskins’ ranked 19th in the NFL in yards gained last year and their 4.2 yards per carry ranked 15th. That’s not good enough for a team that is as unsettled as the Redskins are at quarterback. Whether it’s Robert Griffin III behind center or Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy, the QB will benefit greatly from a running game that is better than something right around the league average.

So there will be changes in way they do things. One is a more power-oriented ground game. The other may be some form of running back by committee.

“The running game nowadays, you need to have a couple of guys that can tote it,” Jay Gruden told Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980 earlier this week. “Sixteen games is a long time, that’s a lot of games, a lot of carries, that’s a lot of hits on these running backs.”

Gruden said that he would like to split up the carries more than he did last year, when he went with what was mostly a one-back attack. Alfred Morris had 265 rushing attempts. The other tailbacks on the roster, Roy Helu, Silas Redd, and Chris Thompson, combined for 59 rushing attempts. That is 82 percent of the carries for Morris, 18 percent for the rest.

Most backs come into the NFL with some innate ability to run the football. But it’s learning to do the other necessary, less glamorous work that separates an NFL running back from a guy who can find a hole and pick up some yards.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say in his three years as the offensive coordinator with the Bengals, Gruden spread the workload in different ways in different seasons. In 2012 he had BenJarvus Green-Ellis take 80 percent of the tailback rushing attempts. But in 2011 it was a 70-30 split between Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott. And in 2013 Cincinnati drafted Giovani Bernard and gave him 170 carries to 220 for Green-Ellis (that’s a 56-44 split in percentage terms). The story also added the roster can often dictate who gets the carries, and Gruden, in the interview, added that Morris would get the bulk of carries with Matt Jones, Chris Thompson and Silas Redd getting chances to get the carries Morris won't get. However, the story continued to say if Gruden can find another running back or two, it could be more of a running back by committee approach than we have seen with this team in the past.

Gruden: RG3 has shown 'exciting' improvement this offseason

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 5:14pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden says he believes Robert Griffin III showed meaningful progress this offseason.

“The more he gets around our terminology and understands it and learns it and can see it against different coverages, the better he is going to be,” Gruden said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And he has shown improvement in the OTAs, which is exciting.”

“All three quarterbacks have [shown improvement],” Gruden continued, referring to backups Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins. “Colt’s done a good job. So has Kirk. But Robert, especially, has taken over the leadership role and done some good things. He’s just got to continue improve. And we’ve got to be patient with him. There are going to be some bumps and bruises along the way, but I think we’ll be okay as long as we stay patient.”

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 averaged 12.0 fantasy points in the six games that he started and finished in 2014. That's what Blake Bortles averaged as the league's #24 fantasy quarterback. We know Griffin is capable of more, but he hasn't been the same player since his rookie season. Specifically, he's not running the ball as often or as effectively. The team has a nice receiving corps and a strong running game, so there is upside here.

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