Robert Griffin III is the perfect backup to bring back for Lamar Jackson
The Baltimore Ravens would be wise to bring back Robert Griffin III as the backup to Lamar Jackson:
One of the most important free agents the Ravens have is Robert Griffin III. With Joe Flacco moving out-of-town one way or another, and Lamar Jackson taking over, Griffin III should stay. Griffin III has accepted his role as the backup quarterback. It’s a job that makes sense for him and for the team.
Griffin III is still trying to prove that he can be a starter in the NFL, but at this point having a job is a good start. It was hard not be impressed by his attitude as the number three quarterback this season. Most of the games, he wasn’t even active. You never heard a complaint from him. He said all the right things and most importantly, he was a good teammate.
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Jackson needs Griffin III in his corner for another year. The former number two pick overall had a fall from superstar status that shaped Griffin III into the perfect back up that he is. Not only does he have valuable lessons to teach, but he can keep Jackson grounded.
Jackson is a young quarterback who probably feels invincible on the football field. Jackson is a star and he’s one that is rising. Having a mentor that was in that same spot once, but now is his understudy, Jackson will know to take nothing for granted.
When the Ravens signed Griffin III, it was impossible to see the signing work as well as it did. He had been out of football for an entire year. The last we saw of him was a rough go in Cleveland. The Ravens hadn’t even drafted Jackson at this point. Just about everyone (myself included) took this signing with a grain of salt.
Then the preseason happened. Griffin III looked like a veteran who had done this a hundred times. He played efficiently. Then in the regular season he was called into the action against the Falcons. He did what a back up is supposed to do in that situation; it was a steady showing.
There is nothing that the Ravens run with Jackson that Griffin III can’t do. Unless he gets a job as a starter (which seems doubtful) Griffin III has earned the right to stay where he is. The Ravens were wise to give themselves the security of a one year deal. They didn’t know what they would get. Griffin III is a good backup with a good mentality and he has an eagerness to mentor Jackson. Eric DeCosta should be able to bring him back and he should.