Robert Griffin III remains the backup for Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. In the event Jackson misses playing time, RG3 would take over. When it happened in Week 17 last season, the results weren't pretty. That doesn't mean he'd be terrible every week if thrusted into a starting gig, nor would it mean that there wouldn't be demand for him off the waiver wire, but the idea of drafting Griffin should be solely limited to the deepest of two-QB formats by the person who takes Jackson with a first-round pick.
Griffin appeared in seven games in 2019, completing 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He added 20 rushing attempts for 70 yards. The veteran was a serviceable backup to Lamar Jackson, completing over 60 percent of his passes and eating up snaps when games were decided with time remaining. Griffin wasn't quite sharp enough to revive his stock as a potential starter elsewhere, however. He struggled in his lone start, going 11-for-21 passing for 96 yards and a pick. Griffin is under contract through 2020, so he should be expected to reprise his role as the backup this coming season unless Baltimore unexpectedly decides it's comfortable with Trace McSorley as its No. 2 behind Jackson.
Griffin completed 11 of 21 pass attempts for 96 yards and an interception Sunday against the Steelers. He also carried eight times for 50 yards in the 28-10 win. Griffin struggled to connect with his receivers, completing just over half his passes while averaging 4.6 yards per attempt. He did his best Lamar Jackson impression as a runner, however, and gashed the Pittsburgh defense for 6.3 yards per carry. Griffin also took three sacks and turned the ball over once, so, despite the victory and flashy rushing stats, it wasn't exactly an ideal performance. The veteran will return to the bench during the postseason and should see the field again only in the event of a blowout or an injury to Jackson.
Griffin will start the Ravens' Week 17 matchup against the Steelers after coach John Harbaugh ruled out Lamar Jackson for the regular-season finale, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. With Sunday's victory in Cleveland, Baltimore has locked down the No. 1 seed on the AFC side of the postseason, so Harbaugh won't take any chances with the team's franchise signal-caller. Griffin hasn't seen much more than spot duty this season in six appearances, completing 12 of 17 passes for 129 yards, one touchdown and one interception while turning 12 carries into 20 yards.
Griffin completed all six of his passes for 55 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. He added four rushing attempts for nine yards. The Ravens brought in Griffin in the fourth quarter and he led a pair of drives, including a scoring drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Mark Andrews. It was Griffin's first game action since last season after he missed the preseason with a thumb injury.
Head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Griffin is "fully cleared" of his thumb injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Griffin originally sustained the hairline fracture to his right thumb in late July. Now healthy, the 29-year-old can be prepared to back up starter Lamar Jackson for Week 1 against Miami.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|4||10/04||@Washington Football Team||25||22.75|
|10||11/16||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|16||12/27||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||54.5||123||0||1||35||0||5|