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QB Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins

6-2, 223Born: 2-12-1990College: BaylorDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): With DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, Andre Roberts, and Niles Paul at his disposal, Griffin's top weapon was Roy Helu on screen passes. The Buccaneeers aren't exactly a top pass defense, either. Holding Griffin for a matchup against the struggling Eagles secondary seemed like a good idea, but he'll need to prove he deserves that kind of faith in tougher matchups before we give him a play on that kind of stage in the fantasy season.

General News (Tue Nov 18): had fundamental flaws and below average footwork Sunday, Nov. 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Robert Griffin III's return to action has juiced up Alfred Morris' production in the rushing phase of the game, but the Washington passing attack remains problematic with Griffin in the game. He threw 23/32 for 207 yards, one TD and two interceptions against the Tampa Bay defense last week (ranked 30th in the NFL this year averaging 266.1 net passing yards allowed per game - Washington had 167 net passing yards last week after subtracting six sacks for -40 yards). Running back Roy Helu led the team in receiving with six targets for 6/57/1, and Morris hauled in 2/36/0 to place second on the team last week. That left DeSean Jackson (six targets for 4/35/0 receiving) and Pierre Garcon (two for 1/6/0) with another disappointing week of production against an easy opponent. Jordan Reed had three passes for 2/22/0. Griffin just can't seem to get this system operating smoothly, friends. The 49ers pass D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 220.2 net passing yards generated per game, with 18 passing scores given up vs. 16 interceptions (first in the NFL) and 17 (tied-25th) sacks generated to date. Aldon Smith managed two quarterback hits in his return to NFL action last week, but didn't record a sack at New York. Eli Manning threw five interceptions to the 49ers last week, though, while taking two sacks for -15 yards on they way to 22/45 for 265 net yards passing, and one TD throw. Drew Brees was intercepted twice two games ago, sacked twice for -5 yards, and finished the game with 28/47 for 287 net yards and three TDs thrown. As you can see, the 49ers are giving up more yards than usual of late, but they are also notching a lot of interceptions to balance that out. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Griffin and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at MIN 18 28 251 1 1 7 24 0 0
11 vs TB 23 32 207 1 2 6 41 0 0
12 at SF PROJ-Dodds 23 35 * * * 4 * * *
12 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 23 35 * * * 3 * * *
12 at SF PROJ-Bloom 21 33 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs MIN (18 / 28 / 251 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 24 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III returned to the starting lineup eight weeks after injuring his ankle in Washington's opener and put forward a rusty but encouraging effort against a lively Vikings defense. Griffin was sharp in the early going, completing a high percentage of throws and allaying concerns that he wouldn't be able to make dynamic plays with his feet. His deep ball looked especially impressive. Griffin completed a 45 yard over the shoulder beauty to Jackson in the first quarter and hit him in stride for a 56 yard gain early in the fourth quarter that was one tackle away from scoring a long TD. Garcon dropped what would have been another impressive completion late in the second quarter. Griffin rushed seven times and moved well outside of the pocket to escape pressure. On a 3rd and 7 on Washington's opening drive Griffin showed off his undiminished elusiveness, escaping a broken pocket and the arms of two Minnesota defenders to complete a leading pass to a streaking Roy Helu for a 24 yard gain. Griffin took a scary sack in the first quarter when a defender twisted his knee awkwardly as he went down, but Griffin appeared unscathed. Griffin's rustiness showed in a variety of very off-target passes including a poorly thrown ball to Andre Roberts that resulted in an interception with one minute left in the first half after Washington forced a turnover-on-downs. Griffin was sacked five times, hanging in the pocket for too long and failing to sense pressure throughout the game, including two back to back plays to start the second half. Griffin was able to move Washington for two more TDs in the second half, one a nice pass to a leaping DeSean Jackson in the red zone. He looked tentative after Minnesota appeared to make halftime adjustments and was not able to rally Washington in a final comeback drive down three points in the fourth quarter. It seemed apparent that Jay Gruden intentionally scaled back the offense to ease Washington's franchise QB into action, but Griffin at least looks physically healthy enough to play going forward.

2014 Week 11 vs TB (23 / 32 / 207 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 41 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III had two weeks to prepare for a meeting with a struggling Tampa team, an opponent other QBs have feasted on all season. Griffin was unable to take advantage of the juicy matchup as the Redskins fell to the Bucs at home by a 20 point margin. Griffin was bad from the outset, throwing an interception on the first play of the game due to a poorly thrown ball TE Niles Paul bobbled into the air. The turnover resulted in an early FG and lead for Tampa that they would never relinquish. Griffin's worst mistake of the game came two possessions later with Washington backed up near their own end zone. Griffin had a third down pass tipped into the hands of Jonathan Banks who ran over RG3 on his way in for the pick-6. Griffin continued to look uncomfortable in the pocket, taking six sacks on the day including an avoidable one with Washington in the red zone where Griffin had more than enough time to find a receiver or throw the ball away. He was sacked again on the following third down play, pushing the field goal attempt back to 47 yards, which Forbath hooked right. Griffin finally got something going just before the end of the first half, utilizing both his RBs in the passing game and capping off the hurry-up drive with a 30 yard screen pass to Helu for a TD. Griffin was unable to carry that momentum into the second half. With the game still close, Griffin repeatedly failed to get Washington in position to put up more points, taking drive-killing sacks and delivering poor throws on third down. Griffin was able to pad his numbers with some nice runs out of the read-option, but he still failed to slide and protect his body on multiple occasions


Latest News

Redskins | Robert Griffin critiqued by coach (Mon Nov 17, 03:21 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III had fundamental flaws and below average footwork Sunday, Nov. 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: Griffin looks like a shadow of his former self. It's not just the knee problems that have slowed him down, Griffin looks like he's rushing things mechanically as a passer. His technique runs hot and cold---and so does his decision making. With his propensity for making mistakes, Griffin makes for a risky fantasy play.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin should play (Fri Nov 14, 02:41 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is listed as probable for Week 11.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin practices fully (Thu Nov 13, 04:21 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 13.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin a full go (Wed Nov 12, 04:44 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Our View: Griffin is as close to full strength as he's going to get during the season. Against the Buccaneers, we like him as a mid-range QB1.
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