Robert Griffin III has been arguably the most talked about football player over the last several months, and for good reason. As one of the most polarizing athletes in the game, while only a rookie in 2012, Griffin III dazzled fans with a fantastic rookie season and took his Washington Redskins to the playoffs.
During the playoffs, however, Griffin III tore his ACL in a game against the Seattle Seahawks in which the Redskins fell 24-14 and wound up going home. It wasn’t for lack of effort by their backup quarterback and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, though.
Cousins had played well the couple of times in 2012 when he had to spell Griffin III due to injury, and he could find himself in a similar situation in 2013. While Griffin III expects to make a full recovery, the ACL is nothing to mess around with and could easily be aggravated in the future.
God forbid, but it could happen.
While Cousins is also hurt at the moment, he should be back in action for the regular season as he currently rehabs his mild foot sprain. If Griffin were to go down, Cousins would immediately step in and, dare I say it, continue where Griffin III left off.
Cousins understands the offense well, and head coach Mike Shanahan knows he has a luxury with such a poised backup quarterback — and only a second year pro.
The former Michigan State stud should find himself fantasy football relevant at some point during his career, as many see him as a potential starter elsewhere. But, for now, he will back up Griffin III and may very well become relevant in the near future if injury were to occur.
Not many teams can say they have a backup quarterback who they feel very comfortable with taking over their team if need be. Not only that, but hardly any teams at all can say that backup would be an asset to a fantasy football roster. Well, the Redskins can say that and I’m sure their fan base loves it.