Following up on this week's Team Notes
. ... Robert Griffin III
has been honest for the past two years he’s been with the Ravens. He wants to be a starter again someday.
The No. 2-overall pick in the 2012 draft and former Offensive Rookie of the Year has had a career reboot in Baltimore. At 29 years old, he feels he’s a better quarterback today than when he was last a starter in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns.
On Sunday, against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ ferocious defense, Griffin will have a chance to prove it. He’ll get the start with Lamar Jackson
staying safe on the sideline in the regular-season finale that has no playoff implications.
There’s a lot of intrigue around Griffin to this day. He was once one of football’s biggest stars. As he prepares to start a regular-season game for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, Griffin is excited but refuses to soak up the attention.
“This game's not about me. It's about the team,” Griffin said. “Those guys in front of me, those guys going out there with me every play are looking to play at a high level, looking to go out and execute. So, I'm not going to make this game about me.”
Griffin’s last start also came against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was 29-of-40 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 32 yards but fumbled twice and lost one. There was one other issue that day.
“I was playing with a broken [non-throwing] shoulder back then. I don't know if everybody knew that,” Griffin said.
Griffin will have the advantage of being in the Ravens’ top-ranked offense
. But he’ll also be playing without some of Baltimore’s top weapons, such as running back Mark Ingram
II and guard Marshal Yanda, who will also be resting.
On the other side, the Steelers have the league’s No. 4-ranked defense and are tied with the New England Patriots with 36 takeaways (19 interceptions, 17 fumbles). Outside linebacker T.J. Watt could be the Defensive Player of the Year.
Griffin certainly has his work cut out for him on Sunday. The Steelers are fighting for their playoff lives, and they’ll bring everything they have in the finale.
Meanwhile, the Ravens were among the many teams not practicing Wednesday. But like the rest, they issued an estimated injury/participation report which included running back Mark Ingram
(ankle) and Mark Andrews
(ankle) as nonparticipants.
Ingram won't play this week and it would be no surprise if Andrews joined the running back and Jackson on the sidelines this weekend.
That said, I'll continue to follow up.