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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 Dec 15): Griffin played most of the game against the Giants and didn't look bad. He turned on the jets for a touchdown run that was overturned on reply and otherwise showed more composure and clarity reading the field than he had earlier in the season. If Colt McCoy's neck injury keeps him out for Week 16, Griffin will get the Eagles loose pass defense and be worth a look for streamers and daily games.

General News (Tue Dec 16): is expected to be the starting quarterback for Week 16, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Week 16: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Kirk Cousins started for Washington back in Week Three - this week it looks like Robert Griffin III is going to go, so looking back in time won't inform us much regarding Griffin's prospects in this game. Griffin has been in and out of the lineup this year - when in, he's posted 104/150 for 1,138 yards, three TDs and three interceptions thrown, with 27/146/0 rushing to his credit over seven appearances. Last week in New York Andre Roberts (four targets for 2/81/0 receiving), Silas Redd (three for 3/62/0) and Pierre Garcon (seven for 4/36/0) led the team in receiving - running back Chris Thompson (four for 3/22/1) handled the lone TD of the day from Griffin. Not exactly a set of household words in fantasy circles, are they? We'll see who Griffin relies on here in Week 16 with a week of preparation with the first team. The Eagles' pass D is awfully putrid, ranking 28th in the NFL averaging 257.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 29 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (23rd in the NFL) and despite an impressive 47 sacks recorded (second in the NFL). The secondary simply doesn't play well for the Eagles, and that's that. Dez Bryant deconstructed them with eight targets for 6/114/3 receiving last week, as Tony Romo threw 22/31 for 249 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown while taking three sacks for -16 yards. Advantage, Washington.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at SF 11 19 106 0 0 4 11 0 1
14 vs STL 3 4 33 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 at NYG 18 27 236 1 0 5 46 0 1
16 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 23 35 * * * 5 * * *
16 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 22 35 * * * 4 * * *
16 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 22 35 * * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 14 vs STL (3 / 4 / 33 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III came in late in the game, replacing the struggling Colt McCoy with just under three minutes left in a decided game. He looked no more effective moving the offense behind an offensive line that was overmatched and phoning it in all game. Griffin accounted for the Rams's seventh sack of the game again looking blind in the pocket and getting drilled while looking downfield.

2014 Week 15 vs NYG (18 / 27 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 46 / 0 rush)

For the second week in a row Robert Griffin III entered the game in relief of an injured Colt McCoy, this time early in the first quarter. Griffin looked a bit shaky early on, but found a nice rhythm leading a scoring drive early in the second quarter that was capped off with a short TD pass to rookie RB Chris Thompson. Griffin also had a rushing TD taken from him at the end of the first half when he was ruled to have lost possession of the ball just before crossing the plane. Griffin did bobble the ball before crossing, but seemed to regain possession in the air before hitting the ground and the ball popped loose. Griffin, however, started to look like he has been developing *some* pocket awareness, gaining his 46 yards rushing escaping collapsing pockets and generally looking much more spry than he has in the past. Griffin still took some lumps -- standing like a statue at times -- as the Washington offensive line continues to struggle in pass protection. Griffin fumbled the ball three times and looked more uncomfortable as the game went on. Griffin's final two possessions with Washington trailing by 11 points were terrible. Griffin failed to challenge the defense deep, settling for dump offs to his receivers and backs and getting hammered by the Giants defensive front for three of his six sacks that he took on the game. However, Griffin's overall performance was a step in the right direction for the embattled QB.


Latest News

Redskins | Colt McCoy not expected to play in Week 16 (Mon Dec 15, 04:06 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (neck) is not expected to be active for the team's Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. As a result, QB Robert Griffin III is expected to receive the start against the Eagles. 'He's got every chance this week against the Philadelphia Eagles to take this position and run with it,' head coach Jay Gruden said.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin expected to start (Mon Dec 15, 02:58 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is expected to be the starting quarterback for Week 16, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: We'll see if Griffin can continue building confidence here. Griffin showed more confidence as a passer, and he ran the ball effectively against the Giants in Week 15.
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Redskins | 'Skins starting QB up in air (Mon Dec 15, 12:34 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was 18-for-27 for 236 yards and a touchdown in the team's loss to the New York Giants in Week 15, and head coach Jay Gruden is unsure if Griffin will start again in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gruden wants to watch film and learn more about QB Colt McCoy's (neck) injury. '(Griffin) is obviously in the mix,' Gruden said. 'He came out here and competed, which I liked. Made some good throws and made some great plays with his legs, but from a consistent standpoint, the production on third downs and the lack of production in the second half (offensively) was concerning. I'll have to check the film to give him a total grade.' McCoy headed for the locker room after the first series of the game.

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Redskins | RG3 needs to transition to pocket passer (Fri Dec 12, 07:20 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III needs to do a better job working to become more of a pocket passer and improve his decisiveness on the football field. The team is hoping Griffin will buy into the fact that he needs to transition into more of a passer, and's John Keim gets the sense that the 'Skins want him to work less in the weight room and more in the film room. As Griffin has lost explosiveness due to injuries, opposing teams are defending him differently, blitzing him more and forcing him to be more decisive as a pocket passer.

Our View: Griffin has the ability to make throws from the pocket, and he used to have elite bucket accuracy on downfield throws. The injuries have robbed him of being mechanically sound, and that leads to accuracy problems. We'll see if Griffin can return to form and improve in the areas he needs to in order to be an effective starting quarterback in the NFL.
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Redskins | Colt McCoy to start if healthy (Thu Dec 11, 01:34 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (neck) will start in Week 15 if he cleared to play by the doctors, according to head coach Jay Gruden. QB Robert Griffin III likely would start if McCoy is not able to play.

Our View: Gruden seems to be done with Griffin...unless he's forced to play him because of injury. McCoy was tossed around like a rag doll last week, and we'll have to wait until the end of the week to see if he can practice fully.
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