Wednesday’s NFL: Ravens’ Griffin seeks career reset
After winning a Heisman Trophy, being picked second overall in the 2012 NFL draft and becoming an instant sensation with the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III is looking ahead to a promising future instead of wistfully gazing at his brilliant past.
Griffin agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Ravens last week, fully aware his role will be to back up Joe Flacco.
He’s fine with that, because RG3 is far more interested in where his career is going than where it’s been.
“It’s time to let that stuff go and move forward as a new player, a better player, a grown player,” Griffin said Wednesday at his introductory news conference. “That’s what I’m excited about, and I’m glad that they saw that in me and have given me this opportunity.”
Griffin was a star with Washington until a rash of injuries finally cost him his starting job. He missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a concussion in the summer, and by then the Redskins were ready to move on without him.
Griffin latched on with Cleveland in 2016 as a free agent. He started the opener, suffered a shoulder injury and ended up playing in only five games.
Last year, he stayed in shape and watched NFL games on TV while waiting for a job offer that never came.
“Playing football in the NFL is not something that’s promised. So you have to make sure you stay ready,” Griffin said. “I kept the faith and made sure I did my part, so when God manifested the opportunity, I was ready for it.”
Looking trim and poised, wearing a white shirt and a deep blue suit (no tie, but with a pocket square), Griffin spoke excitedly about rekindling a career that once seemed destined to be remarkable. It mght still turn out that way — he’s only 28 years old — but for now Griffin is playing behind a quarterback who’s missed six starts over a 10-year career.
“I knew coming into this situation that this is Joe’s team,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to learn from him. Whatever capacity the coaches ask me to help, that’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to compete. I’m here to get better every single day.”
No bending on Beckham
Some NFL teams who have spoken to the Giants reportedly no longer believe the team intends to trade Odell Beckham Jr.
With the L.A. Rams acquiring Brandin Cooks from New England and ending their pursuit of Beckham — and the Giants’ asking price of two first-round picks reportedly deterring at least one GM in talks with the Giants to pass — ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday afternoon on “NFL Live” that teams no longer think OBJ will be dealt.
“When you talk to teams around the league that have been in touch with the Giants, they no longer believe that the Giants are going to be trading Odell Beckham Jr.,” Schefter said. “There has been a shift here in thinking. I think that there was some thinking across the league that he was available, and I think that the Giants’ actions and words dictated that he was available. But when you talk to some of these teams now, they no longer believe he’s gonna be dealt.
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