Back in early April, the Baltimore Ravens signed Robert Griffin III. I ran a poll on that day asking you, the readers of Baltimore Beatdown, if you liked or disliked the signing. Most fans either liked the signing or felt indifferent.
Instant Reaction: Ravens sign Robert Griffin III
Now, earlier today, the Ravens decided not to play Robert Griffin III against the Washington Redskins.
There has been a report indicating multiple teams are interested in the former second overall pick. There’s also speculation the Ravens are keeping him on the final 53-man roster. So, what a better way to decide than the readers of Baltimore Beatdown voting on the issue?
Reasons for keeping RGIII
The Ravens don’t want Lamar Jackson on the field for 2018. They know he is a work-in-progress, even with his impressive skill-set and flash. He’s the future and if Joe Flacco suffers an injury they don’t want the rookie on the field. Griffin III gives them a capable backup spot and another mentor for Jackson to work with. The combination of Flacco, Griffin III and James Urban all coaching, grooming and mentoring the young star will provide areas of expertise spanning the totality of the game. Keeping RGIII sacrifices a depth-player elsewhere, namely wide receiver, defensive line or a fifth tight end, but building towards the future could be worth it in their eyes.
— Kyle Barber
Reasons why the Ravens are better off without RGIII
First off, the Ravens have only rostered two quarterbacks for nine consecutive years; it does not make much sense to keep three this year at the expense of depth at another needy position, especially when they have two first rounders in Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson available. Perhaps the main reason to move on from Griffin is the fact that he is not much better, if better at all, than Jackson currently. Rob has played in only five regular season games since 2014 and only a half against NFL caliber players this preseason. In his outing against real competition, Griffin struggled greatly with accuracy. Strategically, the Ravens are best off with Lamar as their starting quarterback as soon as possible from a salary cap management standpoint. Keeping Griffin only hinders Jackson’s development from a repetitions standpoint both in practice and game action if necessary. The days of first round quarterbacks learning on the sidelines are long gone in the modern NFL, rookie quarterbacks often play early and thrive these days. Ultimately, flipping Griffin for a mid-round draft pick would be a stroke of genius in both the short- and long-term for this franchise.
— Vasilis Lericos
Now, for you to decide.
Would you like the Ravens to keep RGIII on the final 53-man roster?
This poll is closed