Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III joins ESPN as football analyst

Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III joined ESPN as a college football and NFL analyst, signing a multi-year contract on Thursday.

In his new role, Griffin will call a college football game on ESPN or ABC every week of the season and “contribute to the network’s coverage of the College Football Playoff, Super Bowl and other major events.”

NFL Network reported that Griffin’s deal will include a clause that would allow him to pursue a return to the NFL should he have the opportunity. Most recently, Griffin served as Lamar Jackson’s backup with the Baltimore Ravens, starting one game apiece in 2019 and 2020.

“College football has always been an integral part of my life, first as a kid watching it, then as a young man playing it,” Griffin said in a statement. “Some of my greatest sports memories come from my collegiate days surrounded by the pageantry, the traditions and the passion of the fans. College football is life-changing for many and I will always look back on my time playing it with tremendous gratitude.”

Griffin won the Heisman in 2011 while starring for Baylor. He passed for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions while beating out Stanford’s Andrew Luck for the honor.

The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2012, Griffin played three seasons for Washington and one for the Cleveland Browns before finding his way to the Ravens. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and led Washington to the playoffs before a knee injury set his career on a different trajectory.

In seven NFL seasons, Griffin played in 56 games, starting 42. He threw for 9,271 yards, 43 touchdowns and 30 interceptions with a 63.0 percent completion rate. Griffin also ran for 1,809 yards and 10 touchdowns.

For ESPN, Griffin’s hiring comes on the heels of the sports media giant reaching an agreement with Peyton and Eli Manning to take turns starring in an alternate broadcast of “Monday Night Football” for the next three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

QB Robert Griffin III among four waived by Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens waived quarterback Robert Griffin III along with three other players Monday, while also signing 11 players to reserve/future deals.

Griffin, who spent the past three seasons as a Lamar Jackson’s backup, ended the year on injured reserve and was slated to become a free agent in March.

The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with Washington, went 8-of-14 passing for 42 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He played in four games, including one start — a 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 2 that Jackson missed because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

In three seasons with the Ravens, Griffin was 33-of-58 passing for 288 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions. He also rushed for 139 yards on 32 carries in 14 games, including two starts.

“I just want to say thank you to my teammates, the fans and the Ravens organization,” Griffin said via Twitter. “This season was a trying one with a lot of adversity and there were no better people for the job.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor was drafted second overall by Washington in the 2012 draft. He has thrown for 9,271 yards, 43 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, in addition to rushing for 1,809 and 10 scores during his seven-year career.

The Ravens also waived defensive back Davontae Harris, wide receiver De’Anthony Harris, who opted out of the season, and defensive back Tramon Williams. Harris made 10 tackles in four games, including one start, this season, while Williams made 14 tackles over six games.

Baltimore also signed quarterback Tyler Huntley, linebacker Aaron Adeoye, defensive tackles Aaron Crawford and Braxton Hoyett, receiver Jaylon Moore, long snapper Nick Moore, defensive end Chauncey Rivers, defensive backs Nigel Warrior and Chris Westry, running back Ty’Son Williams and tight end Eli Wolf to reserve/future deals.

The reserve/deal enables a player to work with a team during the offseason.

The most significant name on the list is Huntley, who ended the season as the Ravens’ second-string quarterback. Huntley played in three games, including the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ playoff loss at Buffalo on Saturday after Jackson was injured.

Huntley went 6-of-13 passing for 60 yards and added 32 yards on three carries in the season-ending loss.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley (7) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens put Griffin on IR, prepare McSorley to start

The Baltimore Ravens put Robert Griffin III on injured reserve on Friday, leaving Trace McSorley as the only quarterback on the active roster.

Griffin suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was filling in for reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Jackson will be eligible to come off the list before the Ravens’ next game — Tuesday against the Dallas Cowboys — but the Ravens are preparing second-year backup McSorley to start.

It was unclear whether Jackson would be ready to play against the Cowboys (3-8).

The Ravens have 13 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list after activating running back J.K. Dobbins, linebacker Pernell McPhee and centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura on Friday.

By the end of the weekend, six more players will be eligible to return to the active roster. Coach John Harbaugh declined Thursday to state who might return against the Cowboys.

“When the doctors clear them for practice, that’s when we’ll have them,” Harbaugh said.

Griffin sustained the injury in the second quarter but remained in the game until the fourth quarter, when McSorley entered. McSorley was 2-of-6 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Marquise Brown for a 70-yard score.

The game against Dallas is a must-win for the Ravens, who stand at 6-5 and out of the AFC playoff picture after a 5-1 start.

They have a favorable schedule the rest of the way, however. Next week’s opponent, Cleveland (8-3), is the only remaining opponent with a winning record. The others — the Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals — are a combined 10-33-1 heading into Week 13 play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a 50 yard touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Jackson sits out second straight practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not participate in practice again on Thursday, apparently nursing a sore knee and with an illness.

Jackson missed practice on Wednesday, reportedly for precautionary reasons. But illness was added to Thursday’s report released by the team.

CBS Sports reported that the reigning NFL MVP is expected to play for the Ravens (3-1) in Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1).

Jackson was removed from Baltimore’s 31-17 victory in Washington with 4:24 remaining in the game. It was presumed that Jackson’s early exit was tied to the Ravens (3-1) holding a 21-point lead at the time.

The 23-year-old Jackson has thrown for 769 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception in four games this season. He has also rushed for 235 yards and a score.

Robert Griffin III took reps with the first-team. He and Trace McSorley are the Ravens’ backup quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a 50 yard touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Jackson sits out second straight practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not participate in practice again on Thursday, apparently nursing a sore knee.

Jackson missed practice on Wednesday, reportedly for precautionary reasons. CBS Sports reported that the reigning NFL MVP is expected to play for the Ravens (3-1) in Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1).

Jackson was removed from Baltimore’s 31-17 victory in Washington with 4:24 remaining in the game. It was presumed that Jackson’s early exit was tied to the Ravens (3-1) holding a 21-point lead at the time.

The 23-year-old Jackson has thrown for 769 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception in four games this season. He has also rushed for 235 yards and a score.

Robert Griffin III took reps with the first-team. He and Trace McSorley are the Ravens’ backup quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a 50 yard touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Jackson sits out second straight practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not participate in practice again on Thursday, apparently nursing a sore knee.

Jackson missed practice on Wednesday, reportedly for precautionary reasons. CBS Sports reported that the reigning NFL MVP is expected to play for the Ravens (3-1) in Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1).

Jackson was removed from Baltimore’s 31-17 victory in Washington with 4:24 remaining in the game. It was presumed that Jackson’s early exit was tied to the Ravens (3-1) holding a 21-point lead at the time.

The 23-year-old Jackson has thrown for 769 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception in four games this season. He has also rushed for 235 yards and a score.

Robert Griffin III took reps with the first-team. He and Trace McSorley are the Ravens’ backup quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for a 50 yard touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Jackson sits out second straight practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not participate in practice again on Thursday, apparently nursing a sore knee.

Jackson missed practice on Wednesday, reportedly for precautionary reasons. CBS Sports reported that the reigning NFL MVP is expected to play for the Ravens (3-1) in Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1).

Jackson was removed from Baltimore’s 31-17 victory in Washington with 4:24 remaining in the game. It was presumed that Jackson’s early exit was tied to the Ravens (3-1) holding a 21-point lead at the time.

The 23-year-old Jackson has thrown for 769 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception in four games this season. He has also rushed for 235 yards and a score.

Robert Griffin III took reps with the first-team. He and Trace McSorley are the Ravens’ backup quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Bruce Allen: RG3 was put 'on the spot' a year ago

<p> As they say, hindsight is 20/20.</p> <p> And if Redskins president Bruce Allen could do it over again, they'd have second thoughts of trotting quarterback Robert Griffin III onto the field for last year's season-opener.</p> <p> Allen told radio station ESPN 950, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, that Griffin <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/redskins-xtra/redskins-president-griffin-faced-impossible-task-last-year/article_a2bccdac-1675-11e4-94f7-001a4bcf6878.html">wasn't ready to play last year, though the organization made the decision to do so anyway</a>.</p> <p> “What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” Allen said. “It’s impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven’t practiced. Last year at this time, he was still rehabbing his knee, and he wasn’t allowed to practice or work in team drills.</p> <p> “We put him on the spot by trying to do that. And this year he’s had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood, and he’s had all (the practices), and that’s how you get ready to play a football season.”</p> <p> Griffin had a horrible sophomore slump in 2013 after a tremendous rookie season the year prior. When he's healthy, he has potential to be among the league's best. If Griffin's knee is 100 percent, as Allen says, there's no reason to think he can't get back to the level he was at two years ago.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/jasonhbutt">@JasonHButt</a></p>