Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is still going strong, even if this isn’t how he thought his career would play out.
Less than a decade ago, Griffin was an explosive dual-threat quarterback who earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Various injuries reduced Griffin’s effectiveness, and he has settled into a backup role behind Ravens star Lamar Jackson.
If a situation arises where the Baltimore Ravens need Griffin to start in Jackson’s place, he certainly has the experience. When is the last time that Griffin started an NFL game?
Robert Griffin IIII curently backs up Lamar Jackson
Robert Griffin III is in strange territory, one where he might not be a bust, but he also has had a disappointing career.
Still only 30, Griffin has plenty of time to add to his resume and maybe earn another starting job. For now, Griffin’s role is backing up Lamar Jackson, the reigning MVP in Baltimore.
Griffin is earning $2 million in base salary this year, which is never bad for someone who the team only hopes plays in blowouts. Baltimore has also always provided Griffin with the space to still speak out in favor of social justice on his Twitter.
Still, the sight of Griffin standing on the bench during games is a bittersweet one. Griffin spent the 2017 season out of the league, and questions arose about if he would ever play again.
Griffin had a historic rookie season in Washington
The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor, Robert Griffin III entered the NFL in a big way.
The second overall pick in 2012 behind Andrew Luck, who went to the Colts, it didn’t take long for Griffin to prove the Washington Redskins correct in drafting him. Griffin completed 65.6% of his passes for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 16 starts.
The dynamic dual-threat quarterback added 815 rushing yards and seven fumbles on 6.8 yards per carry.
It appeared Washington, which won the NFC East Division at 10-6, finally had a franchise quarterback. Unfortunately for all parties, Griffin suffered a severe knee injury during an NFC wild-card round loss to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Griffin rushed back to start the 2013 season and Washington allowed it. That proved to be the wrong move, and Griffin never played at the same level.
Another injury in 2014 pushed Kirk Cousins into the lineup, and the rest was history for Griffin in Washington.
When did Robert Griffin III last start an NFL game?
As easy as this is to forget, Robert Griffin III started five games for the Cleveland Browns in 2016.
Griffin completed 59.2% of his passes for 886 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 6.1 yards per carry.
Griffin’s lone win, a Week 16 victory over Philip Rivers and the Chargers, kept Cleveland from going 0-16.
Griffin also started Week 17 of the 2016 season, but that two-touchdown performance on Jan. 1, 2017, isn’t his most recent start.
The Baltimore Ravens started Griffin at quarterback in the 2019 regular-season finale. Griffin completed 11 of 21 passes for 96 yards and an interception in a 28-10 victory over the Steelers. He also ran for 50 yards on eight carries.
Suppose Baltimore ever needs Griffin to start in place of Jackson. In that case, nothing is stopping him from succeeding — and with how inconsistent Baltimore’s offense has been this season, maybe a temporary change to Griffin could pay off.