Despite going from mentor to backup as second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson took the reins for the Ravens, Robert Griffin is just excited to still be playing football.
While the veteran admitted he isn’t quite where he wants to be in his career, Griffin is fine biding his time in Baltimore while he awaits his next opportunity.
“I’m happy to be here, I’m excited to be here, I love this place, I love this organization,” Griffin said Friday, via the team’s official website. “They’ve treated me well. I have bigger goals in mind, and those goals start with the Baltimore Ravens. So I have to make sure I do everything I can to be the best for the Baltimore Ravens.
“My ultimate goal is to become a franchise quarterback. At 29, I believe that’s still attainable. But that’s going to come from the work, making the most of all opportunities. I feel like I’m a better quarterback than I’ve ever been. If called upon, I can’t wait to showcase it.”
Given the Ravens have reconfigured their offense this offseason, Griffin has put in the extra work to ensure he’ll be ready to contribute to a scheme he believes will impress in 2019 if called upon.
“I’ve got to make sure I understand the offense, forward and backward,” Griffin said. “The offense will look different. I think we’ll shock some people with what we’re going to do. If we need to run it 60 times, we can do it. But if we need to throw it 30 to 40 times, we can also do it. I think that’s what we’re working on, to make sure we have those capabilities.”
Griffin spent three seasons with the Redskins after being drafted second overall in 2012, but lost the starting job to Kirk Cousins after suffering numerous injuries. He ended up playing with the Browns for a season and eventually landed with the Ravens after sitting out the 2017 season.
He went 2-of-6 for 21 yards for Baltimore last season.