Robert Griffin III is set to back up Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. Jackson's playing style opens him up to injury, so it wouldn't be a shock to see Griffin play at some point in 2019. When he does, you should be able to find him off waivers then. If he's draftable at all, it's with a very late-round pick in deep two-QB leagues, potentially as a handcuff to Jackson.
The Ravens re-signed Griffin on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. After moving on from longtime signal-caller Joe Flacco, Baltimore will keep Griffin around as a veteran sounding board for Lamar Jackson, who officially took the reigns of the offense in Week 11 last season and didn't let go. Griffin himself acted as the active backup for Jackson during the second half of the schedule and made three brief appearances. With the development of Jackson in mind, Griffin will receive spot duty and little else in 2019.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned Griffin and Tyrod Taylor as fits for the team's backup quarterback job in 2019, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Expected to release Joe Flacco this offseason, the Ravens will be looking for a quarterback that can run the same plays as starter Lamar Jackson. It would seem Taylor is the better fit in terms of both mobility and reliability, but he also figures to be more expensive than Griffin, who spent the vast majority of 2018 serving as Baltimore's No. 3 quarterback. Griffin likely will have to settle for backup work, while Taylor conceivably could get the chance to compete for a starting job if he lands with the right team. Both players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in March.
Griffin appeared in just three games for the Ravens in 2018, going 2-for-6 for 21 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The veteran adopted a mentor role for rookie Lamar Jackson in his first season in Baltimore but was largely relegated to the sidelines on Sundays. Griffin was inactive most of the season save for a brief stretch in November when Joe Flacco was sidelined with a hip injury. Because he was on a one-year deal this season, there's some uncertainty as to where Griffin will be in 2019 and beyond. "I'd love to be back. I feel like I have a good grasp of what this team is trying to do," he said after the Ravens' playoff loss, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. With Joe Flacco potentially heading elsewhere in 2019, it's entirely possible that Baltimore retains Griffin to serve as Jackson's backup moving forward.
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Chargers. Griffin resumed duties as the Ravens' No. 3 quarterback in Week 15 with the return of Joe Flacco (hip) and that situation remains the same Saturday. The 28-year-old has a good chance of remaining on the inactive list as long as Flacco and Lamar Jackson stay healthy.
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Buccaneers. With Joe Flacco (hip) back in uniform as Lamar Jackson's backup in Week 15, Griffin bumps back down to the inactive status he frequently was saddled with before Flacco's recent four-game absence.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|9||11/04||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|13||12/01||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|15||12/13||New York Jets||27||22.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||58.8||302||1||1||63||1||28|