Look for RGIII to Rebound in a Big Way

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IApril 2, 2017

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a pass during an NFL football practice at Redskins Park, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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In our knee-jerk, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sports landscape there are plenty of people that think Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s days of being an elite fantasy quarterback are over. I currently have him ranked outside of the top 10, but that could easily change as training camp draws near and RGIII  looks more like the 2012 version than last year’s.

USA Today's Jim Corbett is singing RGIII’s praises saying “RG3 looks like a different QB, effortless in his drops and throwing mechanics.” Many experts feel that Griffin rushed back too soon last year, and the results were evident. As a rookie, RGIII sported a 20-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio, a 65.6 completion percentage and a 102.4 passer rating. As a runner he had 815 yards and seven touchdowns.

RGIII took a step back last year as his numbers dipped to a 16-12 TD-INT ratio, a 60.1 completion percentage and a 82.2 passer rating. Not surprisingly, his rushing numbers also took a hit as Griffin ran for 489 yards without getting into the end zone on the ground.

While RGIII was not great last year, he did not have the kind of accuracy issues that plague a lot of young quarterbacks. A 60.1 completion percentage and 12 interceptions in 456 pass attempts are not numbers that should lead you to believe that he can’t turn things around.

Washington was in complete disarray last year. Mike Shanahan seemingly dared Daniel Snyder to fire him. RGIII was caught in the power struggle and was ultimately made to sit the final three games. Shanahan is gone and Jay Gruden should provide a more stable environment.

RGIII’s weaponry is also improved thanks to the Redskins’ acquisition of DeSean Jackson. He will pair with Pierre Garcon to provide explosive options on the outside. Jordan Reed emerged last year, but dealt with serious concussion issues.

If that proves to be a thing of the past Griffin, will have a trio of weapons that are among the best in the league. Roy Helu gives him a solid third-down option out of the backfield. RGIII could hit the 4,000-yard mark. He’s that talented.

I would be stunned if RGIII didn’t have a few rushing scores to go along with around 500 rushing yards. When he’s at full strength, both physically and mentally, RGIII is a game changer with his feet. Hopefully he’ll slide or get out of bounds when he needs to in order to avoid the big hit.

Do not sleep on RGIII because of last year. He’s healthier, is in a more stable environment and has better weapons. Get ready to fall in love with him all over again.

Also check out Lester's Legends' early fantasy football rankings.