Robert Griffin III may have found the right team to revive his NFL career in the Los Angeles Chargers. According to Ian Rapoport of the Rap Sheet and NFL Network, the Chargers will work out the former second overall draft pick on Tuesday.
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He may seem a longshot to survive the Chargers first round of camp cuts, but perhaps Griffin’s persistence pays off. The former Offensive Rookie of the Year needs a camp roster spot and time to work with head coach Anthony Lynn. Few took Tyrod Taylor seriously as a starter in Buffalo, but he progressed into a Pro Bowl quarterback under Lynn’s tutelage. That’s not to imply that RGIII will be a Pro Bowler in Los Angeles anytime soon. However, he has himself in the right situation.
If there’s any offensive guru out there to bring RGIII back into the realm of relevancy, it’s the new Chargers head coach.
Lynn is known for being one of the more flexible offensive minds in the NFL. He immediately made his money in Buffalo by adjusting the offensive scheme to better exploit his playmaker’s abilities. That included lining Taylor up in the pistol formation and using quick play-calls to maintain a high tempo. Buffalo’s offense didn’t live and die on Taylor as a running quarterback, but his mobility constantly opened up the field.
Things haven’t been great for Griffin since his 2012 campaign. Released by Washington after failing to stay healthy and develop into a pocket passer, RGIII’s career bottomed out in Cleveland. The Browns cut Griffin in March, following another injury-marred season in which he only started 5 games.
Things off the field haven’t been much better for the Baylor product. Griffin’s ex-wife took to social media last November, claiming he left her and their newborn baby for a younger girlfriend, Grete Sadeiko. In May, Griffin and Sadeiko announced their engagement and pregnancy.
There’s no questioning Robert Griffin III’s athletic ability or determination. We hear a lot of Johnny Manziel comeback talk but it’s Griffin who Rapoport reports as working with Pep Hamilton in Florida. Arguments can be made the Redskins severely mismanaged their once-prized quarterback and no quarterback has won in Cleveland since Kosar. Plenty of NFL players have gone from superstar draft busts to success in support roles.
Griffin will never again be the superstar who led the Redskins into the playoffs as a rookie. But, he’s not half as pathetic as the Browns made him look either.
Phillip Rivers is still the guy under center for 2017, but beyond then is anyone’s guess. It’s not completely insane to imagine RGIII earning a backup role this season, and serving as the stop-gap to the next franchise quarterback in 2018. Stranger things have happened. Stranger things such as the Chargers leaving San Diego for two years of playing on a Los Angeles soccer field.
– John Follett is A Staff Writer for cover32/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers.