Robert Griffin III, QB Cleveland Browns

General Info

  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Weight: 223 lbs
  • DOB: 02-12-1990

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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.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Robert Griffin III essentially took last year off from football as he was inactive for all 16 of the Redskins games in 2015. Now he’s healthy, fresh and is ready to begin his new career in Cleveland. There’s no way of knowing for sure how RGIII is now, but we know what he was just a few years ago, and that was a dynamic playmaker.

In his rookie season, he ran for 815 yards, and looked to be a future fantasy star. Then injuries cut his playing time down, and Kirk Cousins was a better fit for Jay Gruden’s offense, so Griffin took a backseat.

He’s not guaranteed to be the starting quarterback, but reports claim the Browns are all-in on having Griffin succeed. If he can recapture what he did as a rookie, then he certainly will.

Helping him will be rookie Corey Coleman and last year’s surprise at tight end, Gary Barnidge. Dynamic wideout Josh Gordon can also apply for reinstatement on August 1, which gives him the possibility of rejoining the Browns should he stay clean. Coleman, Barnidge, Gordon and even running back Duke Johnson could be enough to help Griffin excel during his first year with the Browns.

Fantasy Downside
Reports from Cleveland’s early practices say Griffin looks terrible. Perhaps the year off has him a bit rusty. He needed to get out of Washington, but there’s no guarantee Cleveland is the best landing spot for him.

Even his potentially great weapons have question marks. Coleman is a rookie who may need some time adapting to the professional level. Barnidge is a one-year wonder and we haven’t seen him be good for multiple seasons. Even if Gordon is reinstated, there’s a chance the Browns will try and trade him. We don’t even know if Griffin is going to be the starter in Cleveland, as coach Hue Jackson won’t say for sure who will top the depth chart.

Bottom Line
Griffin is an interesting player to pay attention to because we all know about his potential. But we haven’t seen him at that top level in years, and there’s not a lot of confidence in this Browns offense to make us fall in love with RGIII. There’s so much uncertainty surrounding Griffin.

There’s nothing on paper we can point to and say “this makes Griffin worth taking.” Everything about him is having faith that he’ll be able to overcome his injuries, thrive in Hue Jackson’s offense and hope Coleman can produce and Gordon gets reinstated. Unless something dramatic changes before the season, we have to view Griffin on the very low end of quarterback options this year.

2016 Strength of Schedule - CLE
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
29
@PHI
25
BAL
24
@MIA
10
@WAS
12
NE
27
@TEN
2
@CIN
7
NYJ
3
DAL
25
@BAL
23
PIT
26
NYG
BYE2
CIN
13
@BUF
16
SD
23
@PIT

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2015 Game Stats
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15BUF--------------
16PHI--------------
17DAL--------------
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