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Griffin Says Year Off Helped him Become Smarter

Griffin Says Year Off Helped him Become Smarter

After winning a Heisman Trophy, being picked second overall in the 2012 National Football League draft and becoming an instant sensation with the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III is looking ahead to a promising future instead of wistfully gazing at his brilliant past.

Griffin then signed with Cleveland, but his stint as the Browns' starter was cut short by a season-ending shoulder injury, and he sat out the entire 2017 season.

Griffin specifically cited the need to do a better job of protecting himself outside the pocket.

"It helped me become a smarter player", Griffin said Wednesday at his introductory Baltimore Ravens press conference, via ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "I'm here to get better every single day". It just is what it is. That's what I more so learned by watching over the years. I'm excited about the opportunity to learn from him.

After all, it's not as though Griffin is coming off sensational seasons or anything like that.

The former Heisman Trophy victor and 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year also said he was looking forward to the chance to learn from fellow quarterback Joe Flacco.

He first suffered a major knee injury in 2012, and then dealt with concussions, a dislocated ankle and a broken bone in his shoulder, and the litany of injuries ultimately led to him spending previous year out of the NFL.

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The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Griffin said he has also become smarter about avoiding punishing hits as a runner, which has traditionally been a big part of his game but has always been viewed as a major injury risk. "I feel like I have grown from that and I look forward to being able to show it".

There's no telling whether he will get the chance, but at least Griffin is back in the NFL. In December 2012, Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata hit a scrambling Griffin, who suffered a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Even after tearing his ACL during his rookie season, Griffin returned to the field just eight months later to be ready for Week 1.

That led to five more instances when Griffin had to miss time because of an injury. Things would only get worse for Griffin as it was not long before he was eventually out of the league.

"I feel like I've been able to get a better grasp of how to play the game in the NFL", Griffin said. "But that's not my goal, not my focus".

The year away from the game gave Griffin new perspective. He talked about the hard work he put in analyzing offenses and defenses.

Griffin believes Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and everyone else at that audition liked his attitude as much as his passing ability.

"Being 100 percent honest, I haven't felt this good since I came out of college. I think that's a great opportunity to learn from him".