Robert Griffin III Named Starter for Week 1 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
What Washington wanted: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will start their Monday night opener against the Eagles.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2
From Jeff Darlington of NFL.com:
Robert Griffin III has been named the Week 1 starter, Mike Shanahan just announced.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 2, 2013
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Mike Shanahan on @RGIII: "He’ll be our starter on Monday night, unless there is some crazy setback we don’t anticipate."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com followed:
Sources close to RGIII say "of course" he'll play in opener. That's expected. But I'm told Dr. Andrews has not cleared him yet. Coming Thurs— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL.com also had more about Griffin and the plan for him to start the season:
On Griffin -- The Skins QB has been taking first-team reps all week, and the original plan remains in place as he works to that 9/9 target.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 28, 2013
The situation has been trending toward Griffin starting the season opener throughout Redskins training camp, and now it's official. The dynamic quarterback was able to recover from knee surgery in early January in the nick of time.
Exactly how effective he'll be right out of the gate remains unclear. He's coming off a tremendous rookie campaign, but he hasn't had any preseason action, so it could take him a game or two to get back in the groove.
Regardless, the Redskins will be very happy to get him back. The reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year accounted for more than 4,000 offensive yards and 27 touchdowns last season, leading the team to a 10-6 record and the NFC East crown.
Washington starts the season with a difficult three-game stretch, which includes a trip to face the Green Bay Packers and a clash with the revitalized Detroit Lions after the opener with Philadelphia. Considering that, getting Griffin back in time for Week 1 is a huge boost.
Fantasy football owners will be happy to hear Griffin is officially ready to roll for Week 1. He continued to get drafted among the top 10 quarterbacks on the basis of his performance last season and the hope he would be ready immediately.
He's ready for Week 1, so the first part of the equation worked out as his fantasy owners hoped. Now, he must avoid the dreaded sophomore slump and prove he's still the often unstoppable offensive threat that took the NFL by storm last fall.
Given the fact that owners likely had to use a pick within the first handful of rounds to get him, there's no reason to leave him on the bench for the opener. The Redskins racked up 58 points in their two meetings against the Eagles last season.
As for owners who have late drafts, the announcement will probably give Griffin a minor boost. But if he's still available around the fifth round, he presents good value despite the risk that comes along with any player returning from serious injury.
All told, Griffin should be a fantasy asset once again in 2013.
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