Though many thought that Griffin wouldn’t amount to much more than a camp arm when joined the Ravens in April after a year-long hiatus from football, the 28-year-old has impressed in preseason action and made a serious bid to make the final cut for a team that hasn’t rostered three quarterbacks since 2009. Competing directly with rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson for the backup role to starting signal-caller Joe Flacco, Griffin has largely looked more composed and seasoned in comparison to the younger, unpolished arm of Jackson (though the latter player’s breakout performance against the Miami Dolphins brings that assertion into question).
Griffin and the Redskins – who drafted Griffin in 2012 and rostered him for three seasons – parted ways on less-than-amicable terms. After tearing up the league in his rookie season and leading Washington to their first playoff bid in five seasons, Griffin looked like the future of the franchise. However, varying injuries and lackluster performances would result in Griffin quickly falling out of favor with the team. By the end of his tenure with Redskins, the former rookie phenom had been relegated to the role of third-string quarterback, and was reportedly lining up as a safety with the scout team at practice. In 2017, Griffintweeted of his time with Washington, saying that he was “put in an impossible situation [with] a coach who never wanted me.”
“I know the team we’ll be facing is my former team that I played for and was drafted by,”Griffin said of the upcoming game in a Saturday postgame press conference. “There will probably be a story line around that. But aside from that, it’s just go out, play ball and have fun, and continue to do what we’ve been doing, and let the coaches make the decisions at the end of the day.”