Robert Griffin III, Ravens ink deal


Quarterback Robert Griffin III said that his focus is on the future as opposed to his past during his introductory press conference with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.

Griffin was once one of the most promising, young quarterbacks in the league before a rash of injuries forced his brief hiatus. He's fine with that, because RG3 is far more interested in where his career is going rather than where it's been. But his reign within the organization was short-lived due to a serious knee injury, among other issues, and Washington eventually released him in March 2016. "That's what my focus was all a year ago and coming into this offseason and keep the faith". "So, you have to make sure you stay ready. I think they realize that I'm ready for the opportunity and I'm ready for this role".

Looking trim and poised, wearing a white shirt and a deep blue suit (no tie, but with a pocket square), Griffin spoke excitedly about rekindling a career that once seemed destined to be remarkable.

Griffin, though, has played in just five games during the past three years, and although head coach John Harbaugh described the Griffin signing as "a steal", there's no guarantee Griffin will be on the roster come September. In fact, he acknowledges that the Ravens are Joe's team.

He says he's grateful and excited for the opportunity. "My job is to do whatever I can do to help the team win games in whatever capacity that may be". I'm here to compete and get better every single day. He's taken the biggest hits while scrambling, and he now understands the need to slide or avoid contact.

"I feel like I've been able to get a better grasp of how to play the game in the NFL", Griffin said. So it doesn't mean I'm not going to run, it just means that when I do run I'll be smart about it.

He first suffered a major knee injury in 2012, and then dealt with concussions, a dislocated ankle and a broken bone in his shoulder, and the litany of injuries ultimately led to him spending a year ago out of the NFL.

"You can't get complacent and feel sorry for yourself because life's not fair", Griffin said. "And that's kind of what my focus was".

"I really do look forward to getting in the quarterback room with him", said Griffin, who signed a one-year deal with the Ravens last week.

Griffin believes Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and everyone else at that audition liked his attitude as much as his passing ability.