25-Year-Old Quarterback – Washington Redskins
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
For the second consecutive year, Griffin's season was ruined by injury, and questions abound about his future in Washington and whether he'll ever realize the promise of his rookie season. Griffin dis...
Robert Griffin Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract with the Redskins worth $21.1 million over four years in July of 2012. The entire amount is guaranteed and there is a team option for a fifth year.
Griffin is active for the first time this season Sunday against the Jets.
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Robert Griffin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Despite receiving clearance from an independent neurologist to conclude the week, there's little reward to keep Griffin active with Kirk Cousins kicking off the season as Washington's signal-caller. If anything should befall Cousins, Colt McCoy is present to direct the offense.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After a disastrous preseason in which he sustained a concussion, cleared the league's protocol, and returned to the protocol upon further review, Griffin will sit behind starting quarterback Kirk Cousins once he achieves the requisite level of health. Word on that front could occur soon, though, as Gruden expects the results of the written test to arrive in the next few days, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)This isn't a huge surprise, as Griffin seems to continue to have allies among Washington's top decision-makers. Darlington's report also says that Colt McCoy will be the team's second-stringer for Week 1 against the Dolphins, giving Griffin (who is expected to slot in as the team's No. 2 QB, once healthy) more time to heal up. By keeping Griffin, Washington is risking a potential injury to him, which would guarantee Griffin's $16.2 million option that was picked up last spring. In any case, as long as the team keeps him around, it's not out of the question that Griffin could potentially see some starts down the road, especially if Kirk Cousins struggles out of the gate.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
It might take a leap of faith to rank Griffin so highly after he followed up his late-season 2012 ACL tear with a disappointing and drama-filled 2013 season, but there are at least a few reasons to expect him to enjoy a breakout season in 2014. The most obvious is that his health should be improved now that he's had an entire season for his knee to recover, and his rhythm ought to be sharper as a result. The second is that the Redskins greatly improved their offense in the offseason, adding receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. Griffin has one of the best deep balls in the league, so the addition of Jackson, potentially the league's best deep threat, could pay major dividends. They even added a potential upgrade at right tackle in third-round pick Morgan Moses. The third reason is that Mike Shanahan's replacement, Jay Gruden, oversaw an aggressive passing game in Cincinnati, turning the generally unimpressive Andy Dalton into a 33-touchdown player in 2013. With his rare rushing skills, Griffin won't need 33 passing touchdowns to be a smashing fantasy hit in 2014. A healthy Griffin throwing to Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed in a pass-happy offense has the look of a profitable fantasy situation.
There's probably no quarterback more difficult to project than Griffin. We know players have recently been able to return from torn knees at a faster rate than ever before, but we've never seen it with a quarterback who relies so much on his legs. While Griffin is certainly a remarkable passer, a huge portion of his yards came off of play-action, read-option looks, and those were set up by his prowess as a runner. Actually, he turned in the highest passer rating off of play-action looks in the history of the NFL. If defenses don't fear his legs, though, they won't respect him as a runner, and that could drastically change the nature of the Redskins' offense. As it stands right now, it's a safe bet Griffin won't match his 2012 rushing numbers. The Redskins coaches will hold him back, at least early in the season, so the quarterback's versatility won't be such a major factor in his success. If Griffin is going to remain among fantasy football's elite, he'll need to beat defenses through the air. He did it last year to the tune of a 65.6 percent completion rate and 8.1 YPA, but again, we'll need to see how the nature of Washington’s offense might shift.
Even if Griffin struggles in real football terms as a rookie, his likely high pass-attempt volume in Washington should result in big aggregate numbers. Despite enduring the clownish play of Rex Grossman and John Beck, the Redskins voluntarily subjected themselves to 591 pass attempts in 2011, which ranked as the fifth-highest total in the league. Given the team’s additions of free-agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and the late-season 2011 emergence of running backs Roy Helu and Evan Royster, Griffin will also have better weapons with which to work. With a deep ball that should be among the league’s best from Day 1 and 4.41 speed, Griffin should make good use of those weapons, especially down field. Moreover, a significant number of those pass attempts will be converted to scramble runs by Griffin, which figures to be a huge aid to his fantasy value given that he ran for 2,254 yards and 33 touchdowns in 41 games at Baylor – and that’s with the NCAA subtracting yardage for sacks.