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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Articles tagged: Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III roasted on Twitter over new haircut

It has been more than a year since Robert Griffin III decided to chop off the long locks that helped define his look when he was a star at Baylor and after he entered the NFL. If you thought the quarterback created a buzz when he made that big change, just wait until you see what people think of his new haircut.

The folks at Busted Coverage shared a photo on Twitter of what is supposedly the Christmas card RG3 and his wife Greite Sadeiko sent out this year. Griffin is sporting a somewhat new look in it:

To put it lightly, Twitter cannot get enough of RG3’s new haircut. The jokes and memes have been downright ruthless. Here is a sampling:

Interestingly enough, the topic of RG3’s hair came up when he appeared on “The TomaHawk Show” podcast this week with his former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins. Griffin explained why he chose to cut his hair when he signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

“The number change and the haircut was symbolism to me that at this point in my life, at this point in my career, it was time to start over,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that I want people to forget the player I was in 2012 and 2013. It’s just, for me, to say I’m a better player now and a new player now, so I don’t have to hold onto those old things because the future’s gonna be bright.”

We have yet to hear his explanation for the latest look, but we know people didn’t react this way when he first chopped the braids off.

Robert Griffin III could start if Joe Flacco sits with hip injury

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has not been practicing this week because of a hip injury, leading many to speculate that we could see rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson get his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. However, the Ravens could opt for their veteran backup instead.

As Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic noted on Wednesday, the Ravens have said Robert Griffin III is an option to start, and RG3 has been preparing accordingly.

Jackson has also been preparing as though he could start, and the Ravens are not sharing much information about their contingency plan should Flacco be forced to sit.

Baltimore is 4-5, so John Harbaugh will play the quarterback he believes gives the team the best chance to win if Flacco is unable to go. The Ravens would undoubtedly start Jackson if they were out of playoff contention, but that is not the case. It’s worth noting that RG3 was ahead of Jackson on the depth chart at one point, so it remains to be seen if that is still the case.

Report: Ravens plan to use Robert Griffin III as backup QB

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Not only are the Baltimore Ravens keeping Robert Griffin III, they’re giving him a rather important role on the roster.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Ravens intend to keep Griffin and slot him in as the primary backup to Joe Flacco, while rookie Lamar Jackson will learn as the third-stringer.

Griffin has been in the NFL wilderness, but he thinks that’s helped him. The Ravens seem to agree. His preseason performances were impressive and the Ravens rewarded him by keeping him on the roster, the first time they’ve carried three quarterbacks in nearly a decade.

10 notable NFL veterans in danger of being cut

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The September 1 roster deadline is looming, and we are a matter of hours from NFL teams having to set their 53-man squads for the season and make some tough roster cuts in the process. Some of the players that will lose their jobs by Saturday are fairly prominent names who could draw a lot of interest once their present employers officially decide to move on.

Here are ten fairly prominent names who could find themselves looking for a new team come 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Robert Griffin III, Ravens

This one is still very much up in the air, but the Ravens would be going against their usual precedent if they keep Griffin. Baltimore has virtually always carried two quarterbacks under John Harbaugh, and the first two spots are unquestionably filled by Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson. Will the Ravens break their rule and keep Griffin as an insurance policy in case Flacco fails and Jackson proves too raw? They might, but it would be out of character, which puts Griffin’s roster spot in real danger.

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15 NFL veterans on the bubble entering training camp

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Training camps have officially opened across the NFL, and that means at least 90 players on every single team are vying for a spot on the regular season 53-man roster. Some spots may be more set in stone than others, but everyone has a real chance to make an impression.

For rookies and other young players, that breeds excitement. On the opposite end of that spectrum, it could also mean the end for several aging players and long-time veterans.

Here’s a look at 15 NFL veterans who are on the bubble as training camps get underway.

15. Michael Johnson, DE, Cincinnati Bengals

Michael Johnson has meant a lot to the Bengals during his two stints with the team and was even their Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2017. However, the NFL is a business, and at 31 years old with a diminishing snap count and a cap hit of over $6.1 million, his time in Cincinnati may be nearing an end. The Bengals have young players like Sam Hubbard, Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson who will push Johnson for playing time and likely render him expendable.

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Robert Griffin III: Year away from NFL ‘helped me become a smarter player’

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Robert Griffin III spent a year out of the NFL in 2017, and he thinks that has helped him.

Griffin spent the season watching more football than ever before, particularly studying other quarterbacks and their mistakes.

“It helped me become a smarter player,” Griffin said Wednesday at his introductory Baltimore Ravens press conference, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I tried to use that experience to grow. I feel like I have grown from that and I look forward to being able to show it.”

Griffin called himself a “grown player” and said he is in excellent shape health-wise.

“Being 100 percent honest, I haven’t felt this good since I came out of college,” Griffin said. “A year off of football can do that when trucks aren’t landing on you every play.”

Hopefully now that he’s employed, Griffin can focus on trying to salvage his career, which he might be able to do if he’s as healthy and improved as he says he is. It certainly beats calling out ex-coaches on social media.

Robert Griffin III signs with Ravens

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Robert Griffin III has been away from football for an entire year after no team signed him in 2017, but he will have a chance to prove himself again this offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens announced on Wednesday that they have signed Griffin to a one-year deal.

Griffin, who recently got married for the second time, has not appeared in an NFL game since he was with the Cleveland Browns in 2016. A previous report indicated that RG3 received a contract offer from the Ravens and one other team during training camp last year, but he may have been holding out for a better situation.

Griffin said last season that he was confident he would get another shot at some point and has been continuing to prepare accordingly. He has shown that he is bitter about his career path with some of the tweets he sent, so he must be relieved that a team is finally giving him a look.