Despite struggling with injuries and missing multiple games the past few seasons, Robert Griffin III is confident in his skills and believes that he is the best quarterback in the National Football League (NFL).
"I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league, and I have to go out and show that. Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they're not a top competitor, they're not trying to be the best that they can be,” Griffin declared to WJLA.com. "There's guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that's what I work toward every single day."
Griffin, who was the second overall pick by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft, had a promising rookie year when he passed 3,200 yards on 258 of 393 completions with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions, added 815 rushing yards on 120 carries with 7 rushing touchdowns and helped Washington to a postseason appearance in 2012. However, he suffered injuries to his ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee that same season.
He returned to play in 2013 when he had 3,203 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and one interception plus 489 rushing yards, but missed the last three games of the regular season due to injuries. Last year, Griffin played in just nine games after dislocating his left ankle during the early part of the regular season. He recorded career lows of 1,694 passing yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions with 176 rushing yards and one rushing TD.
Earlier in the off-season, Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden declared that Griffin would be the starting quarterback in Washington in the upcoming season.
Washington won their first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, with Griffin seeing limited reps for 36 yards on 4-of-8 completions. Back-up QB Kirk Cousins had 154 passing yards on 12-of-14 completions.