RGIII isn't the right backup for Lamar Jackson, per one former executive


In his first meaningful start -- one where the Ravens weren't resting starters -- since 2016, Robert Griffin III delivered an underwhelming performance against the Browns. 

He completed 7-of-12 passes for 33 yards and ran it seven times for 68 yards before exiting the game with a hamstring injury. The circumstances weren't great, with the Ravens already down multiple key players following a COVID-19 outbreak and were playing an undefeated Steelers team.

Still, Griffin's performance didn't exactly show the Ravens' strength at the quarterback position behind Lamar Jackson. Former NFL executive and contributor to The Athletic Michael Lombardi went as far as to say Griffin was "exposed" against the Steelers and isn't the right fit behind Jackson. 

"I thought he was exposed," Lombardi told The Sports Junkies. "I thought the Ravens should have run the single wing, they should have put McSorley and RGIII on the field at the same time. Pittsburgh would've been caught off-guard and you would have been able to manipulate them, but when you have RGIII in the game, I don't care about RGIII complaining about playing on Tuesday. RGIII should be happy he's playing."

Lombardi entered the NFL in 1984 as a scout and spent nearly 20 years in player personnel departments before landing the Browns' general manager job in 2013. He would only hold the position for five months and then move on to be an assistant for Bill Belichick from 2014-16. 

"This was the only team that really wanted to take a chance on [Griffin], and people think he's the perfect backup for Lamar [Jackson] but I don't think that's really the case. He can't throw the ball downfield and he has a hard time processing."


Trace McSorley flashed promise replacing an injured Griffin against the Steelers and filling in for Jackson when he was dealing with cramps this past week against Cleveland. However, he injured his knee against Cleveland and his status is uncertain, though the team doesn't believe the injury to be season-ending

Baltimore has a run-first quarterback and now both options behind him are injured. If they plan on addressing their depth at that position in the offseason, there should be decent players available with a deep draft class, free-agent class and a few pocket passers seemingly available for trade.

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