Robert Griffin III advises Redskins: ‘Don’t give up on’ Dwayne Haskins

Robert Griffin III advises Redskins: ‘Don’t give up on’ Dwayne Haskins

Robert Griffin III seemingly took a shot at his former team while offering some advice to the Redskins after they drafted quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick Thursday in Nashville.

Griffin, the last quarterback to be taken in the first round by Washington, wrote Thursday on Twitter: “You didn’t draft the young man for nothing. You did it because you believe in the young man. You did it because you need a Quarterback. Don’t give up on him prematurely. He is your investment. Give the kid time to prove himself. Congrats young gun!!! Enjoy every second of it!”

The Redskins traded up to select Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, and he spent three seasons with Washington. But several injuries, including a torn ACL at the end of his rookie season, affected his playing time and he eventually lost the starting job to Kirk Cousins. Griffin ended up playing with the Browns for a season but was released after he was limited to just five games. He sat out a year before signing with the Ravens in 2018, and he’s currently a backup to Lamar Jackson.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Thursday that the 21-year-old will have the chance to compete for the starting job against Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. Alex Smith, the team’s No. 1 QB, is expected to miss the entire 2019 season after suffering a gruesome leg injury last year.

Haskins, who went to high school in Maryland, was the starter only one season at Ohio State but completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a third-team All-American.