Time to slide! Robert Griffin III insists he'll protect himself

From ESPN - April 11, 2018

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Robert Griffin III sat out last season, but the new Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback was not on the field the last few years that he was in the NFL.

Injuries wiped out a majority of his playing time for the past three seasons. A dislocated ankle, concussion and fractured left shoulder led to 34 missed games in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Griffin acknowledged that he has done a poor job of protecting himself out of the pocket, something he intends to change.

"It just means that when I do run, I will be smarter about it," Griffin said at his introductory news conference with the Ravens. "I will slide earlier, get out of bounds when I have to, and when it's time to run for 70 [yards], I will run for 70. It just is what it is. That's what I more so learned by watching over the years. I am excited about that."

Griffin became one of the most dynamic talents in the league when he entered the NFL in 2012. The NFL offensive rookie of the year, he led all quarterbacks with 815 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns.

After suffering a knee injury, Griffin ran for a total of 665 yards in his final two seasons in Washington. He then produced 190 yards on the ground in five games in Cleveland in 2016.

The big question with Griffin has been whether he can limit his scrambling and become more of a pocket quarterback. Since his first season in 2012, Griffin has posted a 90.6 passer rating when in the pocket, completing 65.2 percent of his passes and throwing 37 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

"I feel like I have been in a couple offenses that have asked me [to] primarily be in the pocket, and I have shown that I can do that," Griffin said.


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