QB Robert Griffin III - Cleveland Browns
|6-2, 223||Born: 2-12-1990||College: Baylor||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2|
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2016 Week 17 vs PIT (29 / 40 / 232 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 32 / 0 rush)
Griffin played his best game in a Browns uniform, but it was far from a perfect performance. The Browns mostly asked him to make quick, short passes on three-step drops throughout the game, which worked well for Griffin. There were still several instances of him holding the ball too long and running himself into sacks, an ongoing issue for him. The team did take a deep shot on Griffin's first pass attempt of the game, but he overthrew a closely covered Terrelle Pryor on the play. On the team's second drive, Griffin threw for his first touchdown of the game. Upon receiving the snap, he play-faked, then bootlegged right, hitting rookie tight end Seth DeValve on a short pass. DeValve did the rest, dragging a defender for the 12-yard score. Griffin did show good pocket awareness on the team's third drive. He felt the pass rush coming and, with nothing developing downfield, took off for a 19-yard rush. Griffin's second touchdown pass came in the second quarter on a short, three-yard screen to Gary Barnidge. The following possession looked like it would end in another score as the offense marched down the field yet again on Pittsburgh. Griffin, however, ended that drive with a bad interception from Pittsburgh's 17-yard line. He targeted Rashard Higgins in the end zone, but Ryan Shazier read his eyes and stepped in front to make the pick. Griffin made it easy on Shazier by locking in on Higgins. The turnovers continued on the next possession. On the very first play, Griffin couldn't handle a high snap from center Anthony Fabiano, which resulted in a lost fumble. Griffin almost threw another interception in the fourth quarter as Artie Burns almost was able to jump a pass thrown in the direction of Corey Coleman. In overtime, Griffin had a chance to end the game with a touchdown pass, but missed his intended target on first-and-goal and then threw a screen pass to Andrew Hawkins, which subsequently lost 14 yards as Hawkins kept going backwards on the play.
2016 Week 16 vs SD (17 / 25 / 164 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 42 / 0 rush)
Griffin's rushing ability is a main reason the Browns were able to move the ball against San Diego, extending drives and forcing the Chargers to account for him on every play. He did take a lot of sacks yet again in this game, many being his fault for holding on to the ball too long. Most of San Diego's sacks came in the second half. Griffin's first pass of the game, to Terrelle Pryor, was not completed, but it resulted in a pass interference call for a 13-yard pickup. Later on the team's first drive, Griffin almost threw a red zone interception. The ball just barely short-hopped the defender, although the play would have been nullified by a roughing penalty on the Chargers. Griffin made a fantastic play to extend the Browns' second drive, eluding several defenders on 3rd-and-8 to scramble for a first down. He did so again on Cleveland's third drive, rushing for a first down on 3rd-and-8. Griffin tried several deep shots throughout the game, but was unable to connect on any. He went long to Corey Coleman twice in the first half. On the first attempt it looked like he had Coleman down the left side of the field, but the receiver was tripped by a Chargers defender. No flag on the play. In the second quarter Griffin went back to Coleman and he made the catch by the pylon, but his feet came down out of bounds. On the Browns' final drive of the first half he took a deep end zone shot to Terrelle Pryor, putting the ball right in his hands. Pryor didn't make the catch, with Casey Hayward breaking the play up at the last second. Griffin also came close to scoring in the third quarter as he found Andrew Hawkins in the back of the end zone. Hawkins made the leaping catch, but was unable to keep his feet inbounds when he landed. Griffin sustained a concussion early in the fourth quarter when he took a hard hit trying to avoid the pass rush.
2016 Week 15 vs BUF (17 / 28 / 196 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 48 / 1 rush)
Griffin played much better than he did last week, but head coach Hue Jackson was noncommittal when asked if Griffin would be his Week 16 starter. After watching Griffin struggle with the deep ball last week, the Browns deployed an offensive game plan that relied on shorter passes, which mostly worked well for Griffin. He did have some struggles with inaccuracy, but not to the extent he did in Week 14. Griffin did lead the Browns into the red zone on Cleveland's second drive of the game. Cleveland was at Buffalo's five-yard line on second down before a holding penalty and an ensuing sack forced the offense to settle for a field goal, their first points of the afternoon. In the second quarter, Griffin did show great touch on a lob pass to Duke Johnson, Jr. down the left sideline, but Johnson was unable to bring the ball in. He may have been interfered with on the play, but nothing was called. That pass would have gone for a big gain if Johnson would have made the catch. The Browns' only touchdown came on their first possession of the third quarter. Griffin made a few great plays on the drive to lead his team including a fantastic touch pass that went to Andrew Hawkins for 33 yards. He put the ball in a perfect spot where only Hawkins could make the play. Griffin capped off the drive with an 18-yard rushing touchdown. It was a great play as Griffin took a big hit around the five-yard line and was able to stretch the ball over the goal line as he was being brought down. Things looked promising on the ensuing drive, as well. Flushed from the pocket by the pass rush, Griffin made a great throw across his body to hit Gary Barnidge while scrambling to avoid a sack. The play went for 28 yards. Griffin then had a rush nullified by a holding penalty. The rush would have brought the Browns to Buffalo's three-yard line. The team had to settle for a field goal, which sucked the momentum out of the offense. Griffin padded his stats in garbage time on Cleveland's final drive. He completed six passes while the Bills were playing well off the receivers in prevent mode.
2016 Week 14 vs CIN (12 / 28 / 104 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 31 / 1 rush)
Griffin really struggled with his accuracy in this game. He was clearly rusty after not playing since Week 1. He missed high or behind receivers on several pass attempts throughout the game. He also was seen barking at Corey Coleman following an incompletion and later got into an argument on the field with Terrelle Pryor after the team couldn't get organized and was forced to burn a timeout. Griffin downplayed the incident with Pryor when questioned about it after the game. His best contributions came on the ground as he did a good job picking up yardage with his feet. His first play of the game was a rushing attempt which went for six yards. He did throw a pass on the first drive that should have been intercepted as he threw the ball way over Corey Coleman's head. The defender gave him a break as he was unable to haul in the pick. Griffin attempted two deep shots to Coleman on consecutive drives in the first half. It appeared that he forced the ball on both attempts as Coleman was closely covered on each play. Griffin did have a great play on the team's third drive where he avoided the Cincinnati pass rush and scrambled right, hitting Gary Barnidge on the run for a first down on third-and-nine. Griffin's interception came from the Browns' own end zone on a flea flicker. Griffin forced the ball deep down the field into triple coverage. Terrelle Pryor was the intended receiver on the play. Griffin came close to throwing a touchdown pass in the third quarter as he had Dan Vitale wide open at the goal line, but Vitale dropped the ball. Griffin recovered and scored a rushing touchdown on a keeper up the middle two plays later.
2016 Week 1 vs PHI (12 / 26 / 190 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 37 / 0 rush)
Griffin played marginally well in the first half of Sunday's game before his protection fell apart in the second half. The Eagles started bringing continual pressure which really threw the offense off kilter. Griffin missed several opportunities to throw for touchdowns on Sunday, overthrowing Andrew Hawkins in the end zone twice and throwing too wide of Terrelle Pryor on the left side of the end zone. Griffin can't take all the blame on his interception as his pass to Corey Coleman appeared on target before a defender tipped it into the air, leading to the turnover. Center Cameron Erving's bad snap took place with 10:54 remaining in the third quarter and from that point on the Browns really struggled to move the ball. Griffin rarely had much time to throw, resulting in several rushed off target pass attempts. He did look quick as ever rushing the ball, but he injured his left shoulder on a play that could have been avoided in the fourth quarter. He lowered his shoulder into a Philadelphia defender while heading out of bounds, a move which did not look necessary. Josh McCown was seen warming up on the sidelines, but Griffin did return for the Browns' final possession of the game, only to hand off to Isaiah Crowell three times.
Latest NewsBrowns | Robert Griffin's future uncertain (Wed Feb 8, 02:27 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is scheduled to receive a $750,000 bonus on March 11, but the Browns may consider releasing him before that date if they do not think he is in their plans. Our View: The Browns want to make a move for Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. Griffin should not be in their long-term plans. Griffin is scheduled to make $6 million in 2017, which would be too much for a backup quarterback of his caliber.
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