After being selected with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the future seemed so bright for Robert Griffin III. He was coming off a great year in Waco at Baylor and for that season, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy. I’ll never forget his first NFL game when the Redskins faced the Saints. I’ve always said that a rookie somewhat has the advantage over the defense because they aren’t able to prepare for him how they want too and you figure out how to stop them as the game goes on. He torched the Saints in that game and led the Redskins that season to their first NFC East division title in thirteen seasons. After their playoff game in 2013 against Seattle, RGIII injured his knee that he had issues with at the end of the 2012 season. Since then, he hasn’t been the same and we all knew he wouldn’t return to the Redskins. Today, he’s signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.
When he returned from the knee injury in 2013, I felt he rushed back on the field way too soon. After missing the entire preseason, he just didn’t look like the same guy. He was hobbled, didn’t show that much confidence and what I really took away was how the Redskins were using him. They were trying to turn him into a pocket passer and that’s not his game. He needs to be making plays with his feet in order to have success. Jay Gruden elected to go with Kirk Cousins in 2015 and RGIII didn’t see the field at all though he was healthy. When used correctly, he’s a force and a very exciting player to watch play. He can make people miss in the open field, he can throw on the run, he can keep a defense guessing and he’s very athletic. Signing with Cleveland was a fantastic move and Hue Jackson is one of the most knowledgeable minds in all of the NFL.
Despite things not going his way so much with the Redskins, he handled that entire situation with a lot of class and humility. It’s good to see him sign with another team.