John Keim of The Washington Examiner is predicting that quarterback Robert Griffin III will cut his carries down to 70 for the upcoming season.
This is a big decline from the 120 carries Griffin had as a rookie in 2012. His running ability made him a fantasy football favorite last season. What's not to love about a guy who can pass for 3,200 yards and run for 815?
Of course, cutting his rushing attempts by 40 percent will hurt his productivity in fantasy football. Having a quarterback who can run the ball is like an added bonus.
The good news is that Griffin isn't a run-only quarterback. He's more than a competent passer and will have to rely on those skills more in 2013.
Keim points this out in his mailbag:
Really, the best way Griffin can protect himself is by evolving as a passer. Part of that includes pulling the trigger more often than he did.
There were a number of times, especially early in the season, where guys were open and in his line of vision yet he failed to throw the ball and ran instead.
Coincidentally, Keim also reported today that Griffin believes "without a doubt" that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. This is encouraging news for fantasy owners who are skeptical about his return.
As I said in another article, Griffin has been falling down fantasy draft boards despite his incredible athletic ability.