| Quarterback, Washington Redskins
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|Draft: 2012 Round 1 (2)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 223 DOB: 1990-02-12 Age: 25
|Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan spent big in order to move up in the draft to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and provide Washington with a franchise quarterback to match up against the other talented signal callers in the division. RGIII’s unique talents match up well with Shanahan’s version of the west coast offense, which requires quarterbacks to spend plenty of time outside of the pocket, throwing on the run and scrambling for yards on the ground. At Baylor, Griffin was a monster operating out of the shotgun, throwing for 77 touchdowns and rushing for 32 more, but he will need to adapt his game in the NFL. He possesses an outstanding arm and blazing speed but the odds of him duplicating the season Carolina’s Cam Newton put together as a rookie seem slim. Griffin doesn’t have Newton’s size and strength meaning he won’t be his team’s goal line back like Newton. The Redskins also don’t have a true number one wideout like Newton had in Steve Smith but they do have a deep rotation of receivers that could be productive. If only the team had that type of depth along the offensive line, which has been a major concern and remains so heading into 2012. RGIII is an outstanding dynasty league prospect with a huge upside but fantasy owners are likely best served having him as a bench option in 2012.
|Kirk Cousins may start Week 1 -- Sat Aug 29 10:03 am --|
Kirk Cousins getting the call
|Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami. (Dianna Marie Russini)|
FF Today's Take: Robert Griffin III suffered a head injury/concussion last week and this may have opened the door for a changing of the guard at the quarterback position. If Cousins plays well tonight against Baltimore, expect to see him under center Week 1. Griffin is off the fantasy radar until further notice.
| Robert Griffin suffers concussion -- Thu Aug 20 9:00 pm --|
No timetable for return
|Gruden confirmed after the game Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion.
The severity of Griffin’s injuries wasn’t immediately clear when the buzzer sounded on the 21-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. But given Griffin’s history, which includes three major leg injuries, any setback that prevents him from playing a 16-game regular season or developing a fluency in Gruden’s offense represents major cause for alarm for the Redskins.
FF Today's Take: Griffin got knocked around by the Lions defense during his four drives in the first half and was eventually knocked out of the game. No timetable is set for Griffin's return. Backup quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins looked good in relief and will likely cause some QB controversy talk to begin as the team heads towards preseason game number three.
|Shanahan still says Kirk Cousins is an NFL starter -- Fri Aug 14 3:30 pm --|
Redskins’ QB turns in dominant preseason performance
|Former Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan — the man who drafted Kirk Cousins, and consistently praised Kirk Cousins, and eventually started Kirk Cousins after benching Robert Griffin III — remains solidly convinced that Kirk Cousins is a starting NFL quarterback. “I think Kirk Cousins has got a big-time future,” Shanahan said Friday morning on 106.7 The Fan. “He’s a starter in the National Football League, and that’ll be proven out in time.” (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: After coming in for Robert Griffin III in the second quarter of last night’s preseason affair, Cousins turned in an impressive showing completing 12 of 14 passes for 154 yards, and added a rushing touchdown for good measure. There’s no doubting his ability to pile up points in bunches, but he’s still only a backup and a polarizing one at that. He shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar unless you own RG3 and want some insurance.
|Gruden still thinks RG3 has what it takes -- Fri Jul 31 5:45 pm --|
Once prolific QB hoping to rediscover offensive production
|As Jay Gruden sees it, for four years, Robert Griffin III has been a prisoner of the expectations around him. The idea now is to set him free. Griffin wasn't very good last year. That much is impossible to argue. But neither were the Washington Redskins. "We can't put all the pressure on the quarterback," Gruden said. "There's only a few quarterbacks in the league that can handle that, and those guys are gonna be first-ballot Hall of Famers. The rest of them, they need help. They need help with the running game. [They need] some quick-element throws where the receivers do the work for them, screens, good play-action shot plays, good strong defense. If we win 17-13, who gives a (expletive)? We just gotta win." (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: RG3's fantasy totals have taken a hit with each passing season. His name still carries some weight but owners who've had him in either of the last two years might be tired of being burned by the former standout rookie.
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