After his captivating rookie season, things just have not worked out for he Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III. His exciting runs were replaced by devastating injuries that have robbed him of the speed he used to explode onto the NFL scene.
What we are left with is a young man who plays like a shell of his former self, throwing inaccurate balls from the pocket and struggling to make the correct read. In 2013, when came back from a torn ACL, he completed 60.1 percent of his passes, but threw 12 interceptions in 13 games played.
This past year, Griffin lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins, then to third-stringer Colt McCoy, resulting in Griffin playing nine games where he threw for an average of 188.2 yards and had 6 interceptions. Going into this offseason, the Redskins have three quarterbacks that they cannot trust to start at the quarterback position
If, by some small miracle, teams get cold feet on Mariota and he is still available when Washington is on the clock, look for San Diego to aggressively pursue with a package that includes Philip Rivers and the 17th overall pick, for any one of those quarterbacks and the fifth overall pick, which will certainly be Mariota at that point.
Rivers would be walking into a situation where he has a serviceable running back in Alfred Morris backing him up and a talented receiving group that includes Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, and Pierre Garçon. With his accurate arm and that amount of speed around him, there aren’t a lot of teams that would be able to stop him. With the Redskins seemingly desperate for options at quarterback, Redskins owner Dan Synder may be crazy enough to pull off this trade.
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