Robert Griffin III Fantasy News

Browns place QB Robert Griffin III on IR

Monday, September 12, 2016, 2:42pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Browns placed quarterback Robert Griffin III on injured reserve Monday, a day after he suffered a shoulder injury in a fourth quarter collision with Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills.

The team’s statement on the move said Griffin has a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder. It said no surgery is required at this time and that Griffin will be evaluated again in 3-4 weeks.

Per the NFL’s injured reserve rules, the earliest he could return is Week 10.

Fantasy Impact:

Tough blow for RG3 and the Browns, but if there's one thing Josh McCown has, it's experience. The 37-year-old has started 57 games in his 13-year career and had his two best seasons in 2013 and 2015, posting a 13-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio with the Bears (under Marc Trestman) and a solid 12-to-4 ratio last year in eight starts for the Browns. Things are looking up for TE Gary Barnidge, who averaged 5.8-80-0.75 with McCown last year. It should also boost the value of RB Duke Johnson's targets, since McCown is less likely (than RG3) to take off and run when the pocket breaks down. Johnson averaged 4.8-44-0.12 with McCown last year versus 3.0-23-.12 without.

Browns Beat: Robert Griffin III (shoulder) could be out 'for awhile'

Monday, September 12, 2016, 2:02pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns Robert Griffin III could be out for awhile with his left shoulder injury suffered in Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Eagles, a league source said.

Griffin underwent an MRI on the shoulder Monday.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports and NFL Network first reported that Griffin could be out awhile.

Fantasy Impact:

Josh McCown is set to get the nod. After the game, Griffin moved slowly and admitted he was in pain after the game, the story said. The Browns offense hit a couple of big plays in Week 1 against a pretty good Eagles defense but overall struggled to finish drives and also had some drops. Josh Gordon should provide a boost with his return in Week 5.

Browns QB Robert Griffin III has sprained left shoulder

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 6:25pm

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Browns QB Robert Griffin III reports he has a sprained left shoulder from hit he took late in game on the sideline at the end of a run.

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 stayed in the game and handed off on the final couple of plays to end the game. He said he was in pain after the game and the report said he was not using his left arm a lot as he dressed and put shirt on in training room. RG3 added haid he can use his left arm if needed, according to the story.

Browns WR Corey Coleman looks to improve in final preseason game

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 3:13pm

Ohio.com - [Full Article]

Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman received a crash course on Murphy’s law last week during his NFL preseason debut.

He caught a screen pass for a 9-yard gain from quarterback Robert Griffin III late in the first quarter, but the play was negated by receiver Terrelle Pryor’s pass interference penalty.

He was targeted twice in the second quarter but lost his footing and fell both times before the ball arrived. He even lost a shoe the first time.

He squabbled with Pryor during the game.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said HC Hue Jackson said Coleman was pressing. Coleman and the rest of the starters will get a chance to redeem themselves in the final preseason game as the starters are expected to play. It's not clear how long the starters will be in the game. Coleman has missed five practices and sat out two preseason games thus far, the story said.

Browns QB Robert Griffin III survives knee scare

Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:26pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III admitted he got a little knee scare Friday night on the 49-yard pass to Terrelle Pryor.

Griffin ran into guard John Greco as he stepped into the throw, and tumbled to the ground. He hesitated for a moment to get up, but then shook it off the pain in his left knee and ran back to the huddle for the next play.

Whether or not he was still rattled, he fumbled the handoff to Isaiah Crowell on the second snap, but recovered the ball.

"My leg got stuck in the ground on the play I was throwing to TP, but I'm fine,'' Griffin said Monday. "Nothing is wrong with me and TP made a great play. That's all you really worry about. We got the completion, made a big play happen and that's what we're looking for – big plays out of our offense."

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin told ESPN's Bob Holtzman after the game that he wasn't sure at first if he was fine "and said the hit reminded him of the one that tore Carson Palmer's ACL'' in 2014. Any trauma to Griffin's knee, of course, sends shockwaves through the Browns, who are committed to him as their starter — and hope he can become their franchise quarterback. Fortunately for Griffin, it was his left knee, and the not the right, on which he's undergone two surgeries to repair the ACL and LCL, the story went on to say.

Browns officially name RGIII starter

Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III is back to being a starting quarterback in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns made the announcement Monday morning.

"It's time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns," new Browns coach Hue Jackson said in a statement. "Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team."

Fantasy Impact:

This was probably the worst kept secret in football. Griffin took most of the first-team reps in training camp and had been battling Josh McCown for the starting job. It wasn't really a fair contest just based on Griffin's time with the first team. Most reports in the spring and so far this summer had Griffin performing fairly well and there's certainly some QB2, streaming potential there - at least until we see how the offense comes together. Griffin is 30th on our list with an ADP of the 16th round.

Browns Beat: RGIII has excelled at camp

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 5:36pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III lit it up in the Browns intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, but defenders can't touch the quarterbacks in these practices, and the true test of his improvement won't come until the first preseason Aug. 12 in Green Bay.

Even then, Griffin will probably only play a series or two, so it will be hard to tell how far he's come. The Browns won't really know how well he's reading defenses until a team gameplans for him in the regular season and tries to rattle him.

"He's been good,'' said Pep Hamilton,, associate head coach/offense). "We'll find out about his ability to recognize looks from a defense that he's not so familiar with once we play a game next week."

Fantasy Impact:

There's no question that Griffin has been impressive in the first week of camp. He's connecting especially well with top pick Corey Coleman — who caught three big passes from him Friday night including a 41-yard touchdown pass over Justin Gilbert — and his accuracy has improved tremendously since spring practices, the story all said.

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 4:52pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Josh McCown has heard the whispers.

With the Dallas Cowboys on the prowl for a quarterback, the veteran Browns passer acknowledged Thursday that the Cleveland brass have spoken with him about a potential trade.

"Just leave it like that," McCown said, per Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com. "We're on the same page."

The Browns have given all their first-team camp snaps to Robert Griffin III, leaving McCown as a possible trade candidate for Dallas, who lost backup passer Kellen Moore this week to a broken ankle.

The trade makes sense on another level: McCown is from Texas and acknowledged that if he were to go anywhere, Dallas would be his pick. The 37-year-old journeyman went out of his way to note that he wears No. 12 as a tribute to Roger Staubach.

RGIII: Browns offense potential to be 'great'

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 2:00pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III is throwing to the likes of Corey Coleman, Terrelle Pryor, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson, and is starting to see the makings of a dynamic offense.

Before long, he'll be flinging it to his good friend and former Baylor teammate Josh Gordon, who will be back in a week or so from a quad injury.

"(We have) the potential to be great,'' Griffin said Tuesday at Browns training camp. "I think all 32 teams look at their roster and say, 'man, we got 'em.' And it's about the ones who grow together the best, come through training camp and get the best out of their season, and become gritty, win close games."

Fantasy Impact:

The addition of Gordon will certainly help this offense. But the key is RGIII and his ability to get everyone the ball, something he said he'll do his best as well as getting everyone to trust him. There are some questions are WR with Coleman in his first year and the ability of Gordon to get in game shape.

Browns Beat: RGIII 'clearly' the frontrunner

Friday, July 29, 2016, 8:49pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III took all the first-team reps on the first day of Browns training camp Friday, and is clearly the frontrunner for the job.

In fact, it doesn't look like much of a competition, and it won't be long before Hue Jackson names him the starter. At the latest, he'll wait until just before the first preseason game Aug. 12 in Green Bay.

Fantasy Impact:

Cabot went on to say if Friday's practice is any indication, there will be no need to wait even that long. Griffin worked exclusively with the ones, and his main challenger, Josh McCown, worked with the twos. Rookie Cody Kessler and Austin Davis stepped in after that. We heard RGIII would get 4-of-5 snaps with the first team but it seems like he got more than that, and it seems it's just a matter of time before he's officially named.

RGIII to get 4 of every 5 first team reps

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 8:34am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III hasn’t been promised the starting quarterback job in Cleveland, but heading into training camp, it’s his job to lose.

Longtime Browns reporter Tony Grossi said this morning on PFT Live that Griffin will get four out of every five reps with the first-string offense at Browns camp. That strongly suggests that coach Hue Jackson is heading into camp with the idea that Griffin is his starter, and will only change his mind if something surprising happens.

Fantasy Impact:

At the moment, the Browns’ depth chart appears to have Griffin on top, Josh McCown second, rookie third-round draft pick Cody Kessler third and Austin Davis fourth, the story said. As the story also indicated, this is Griffin's job to lose and his chances of keeping it got a little better with what looks like the return of WR Josh Gordon. Griffin is ranked just 30th on our list but has potential to climb a bit if things continue to trend in his favor.

Brown Beat: RG3 made enough good plays

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 9:16am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III had his ups and downs in offseason practices as he came up the learning curve, but he made enough good plays for the Browns to be encouraged heading into training camp. He's learning a whole new offense and Hue Jackson and Pep Hamilton are riding him hard after every rep. I saw him make some tremendous throws, including a long touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor on the last play of minicamp, but he also threw some interceptions and had other passes batted down at the line.

It was the kind of spring you'd expect from a quarterback who sat out all of last season and who's trying to learn a new scheme and new mechanics. He made it abundantly clear that he's willing to slide and throw the ball away — and that he's coachable. He's also working with quarterback expert Tom House in the time off before camp, which should help tremendously. It's too soon to say if his career can be salvaged, but he's certainly working hard at it.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson and company haven't named RG3 the starter yet, saying the team wants to see the QBs practice in pads, but beat writer Mary Kay Cabot expects that to happen with Josh McCown the likely QB2. Griffin will get some late-round attention in deeper QB leagues but is currently ranked 31st on our list meaning there are much safer options in typical 10- and 12-team leagues.

Browns Beat: Isaiah Crowell will have 1,000-yard season

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 11:30am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns beat wrtier Mary Kay Cabot recently answered a question about the Browns offense being a run-first one.

I think Hue Jackson will operate a high-powered, balanced attack with a heavy emphasis on the run early and often to make the passing game more effective and to take pressure off Robert Griffin III or whoever's starting.

Take it from running game coordinator Kirby Wilson, who told us in June that the Browns will play the kind of smash-mouth football their fans will love.

"We're going to be a run-oriented football team,'' he said. "Everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs. As coach told us, we're going to be a physically dominant, running football team."

Fantasy Impact:

Cabot added she believes Isaiah Crowell will have a 1,000-yard season and Duke Johnson will run more than he did last year. Crowell could certainly have some value at the position if available late in drafts. His current ADP is the 10th. We are comparing the situation to Cincy's where Crowell could possibly be Jeremy HIll-like.

Browns decline to name a starting quarterback

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 11:28am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Hue Jackson hasn't seen enough of Robert Griffin III over the past month to declare him the Browns' No. 1 quarterback, but expects to name his man long before the season opener Sept. 11 in Philadelphia.

"It's too soon,'' Jackson said after rookie minicamp practice during Fan Fest at FirstEnergy Stadium. "We haven't gotten into OTAs yet. We just have had off-season and voluntary veteran minicamp and now we've got the rookies in and I think that's way too soon. I would never do that. Again, every position is earned. There's always competition and there's a reason behind it."

"I don't have a timeline," he said. "Obviously, we're going to do it way before we play. If we can do it after OTAs, great. If it has to be at another time, great. We'll do it then, too. Whatever's best for us, that's what we'll do."

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Griffin to begin the season as the starter, but that's no sure thing. Without Josh Gordon, the Browns are lacking in playmakers in the passing game, but Duke Johnson is a threat, Corey Coleman has potential and Gary Barnidge is a solid receiving tight end.

Browns sign QB Robert Griffin III

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:48pm

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III was sold on Cleveland as soon as his meeting with Browns head coach Hue Jackson and associate head coach Pep Hamilton was complete.

Now, the former Washington Redskins quarterback is focused on just one thing: Coming to the Cleveland and competing to become the team’s starting quarterback.

Griffin, a free agent, made it official Thursday when he signed with the Browns.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep, I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that's what we're all about.

“I'm just excited to come in and compete. Nothing's ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that's all I'm really focused on.”

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 will have the opportunity for a fresh start after an up-and-then-down stint in Washington. We're not immediately writing off the Browns potentially having a few quality fantasy players in 2016 with Griffin, Duke Johnson, Gary Barnidge and maybe Josh Gordon in the fold. Griffin's short-term upside depends largely on the presence of Gordon, who is a game-changer in the passing game.

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