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Robert Griffin III having ‘best camp that he’s had’ with the team

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The Ravens don’t have a concern about the four quarterbacks on their roster — largely due to the play of last year’s league MVP Lamar Jackson, who set all kinds of records in leading the Ravens to a 14-2 season. 

But the Ravens have confidence in their entire quarterback room, too. And Jackson’s primary backup, Robert Griffin III, has shined according to coach John Harbaugh.

“They’re all doing a good job,” Harbaugh said when asked about the quarterback room. “(Tyler) Huntley is just who we thought he would be, he’s a sponge, he works hard. Trace (McSorley) has looked good. RGIII, (he’s) having the best camp that he’s had since he’s been here. He’s really playing well. He’s throwing the ball really up until yesterday, then back again today. He’s been hot. I just feel like they’re all doing well and it’s a good room.”

Griffin is entering his third-season with the Ravens and his second as the backup to Jackson. He’s joined by a second-year quarterback in McSorley and a rookie undrafted free agent in Huntley.

Last season, Griffin played in seven games and made one start, in Week 17 against the Steelers. Over the course of his seven games, he went 23-for-38 with 225 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 70 yards on 20 attempts. 

Notably, Griffin was part of the team’s “Heisman Package” a season ago, where the Ravens lined up with three Heisman Trophy winners in the same backfield with Jackson, Griffin and running back Mark Ingram. 

 

Griffin, 30, is about to begin his seventh year in the NFL. He didn’t play a snap in 2015 for Washington, and was out of the league entirely in 2017 before landing in Baltimore. He has one year left on his contract at a cap number of $2.5 million. Then, he’ll hit the free agent market.

Now, his job is to be the backup for Jackson. And as the backup quarterback, specifically for the youngest MVP in league history, his job as a veteran is to be a mentor to the three younger quarterbacks on the Ravens.

“I’ve been seeing him since my rookie year and he’s been preparing the same way,” Jackson said of Griffin. “He always goes out there and grinds, even pre-practice he’s getting in his work in...He practices how he plays.”