Quarterback Robert Griffin III will become a free agent in the near future with the Washington Redskins set to release the former No. 2 overall pick after four seasons with the team.
After such a promising start in Washington, Griffin spiraled downhill beginning with knee injuries late in his rookie season. He never regained his early form and feuded with coaches before being surpassed by Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy at times as Washington’s starter.
But is Griffin completely damaged goods or can he once again find the ability to lead an NFL team under center?
Washington defensive end Chris Baker is one who believes Griffin will prove people wrong if he gets another opportunity.
“I think Robert just needs an opportunity,” Baker said in an interview with Alex Marvez and Phil Savage on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “He needs a coaching staff that believes in him 100 percent and is going to work with him to help him become best quarterback he can be. This wasn’t the ideal situation or ideal year for a guy like Robert Griffin.”
Griffin was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 before his knee buckled on shoddy turf at FedEx Field in the NFC Divisional Playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks. Griffin was the never the same and lost his job after struggling to return from the knee injury in 2013. He was relegated to playing safety on the scout team at times in 2015 as he became an afterthought behind Cousins.
Baker believes Griffin still has the potential to do good things as a quarterback. He just needs another opportunity.
“If a team gives him a chance, he’s going to prove a lot of people wrong. He’s going to be a hell of a player,” Baker said.