Robert Griffin III rolled to his right and threw a tight spiral down the middle of the field to a receiver that was being closely covered by a pair of defenders.
Several plays later Eagles Richard Rodgers Jersey , he dropped back and launched a 50-yard pass to a receiver running down the far sideline.
Griffin is quietly making a comeback as a backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.
Though starter Joe Flacco and rookie Lamar Jackson have received most of the attention at training camp, Griffin hopes to make some noise at the annual Hall of Fame game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. It will be his first taste of NFL action since 2016.
"I'm very excited," Griffin said. "I don't think I can put into words how fun this whole process has been, being here in Baltimore and just having the opportunity to grow with this team. I just want to go out there and show they can trust me and hopefully lead us to a win."
Griffin won the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Baylor and was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Washington Redskins. He was the NFL's rookie of the year before his career was derailed by injuries.
Griffin missed the 2015 season after sustaining a concussion during the preseason. After being released by Washington, he signed with the Browns in 2016. He started the regular-season opener, but sustained a shoulder injury. Griffin was able to play the final four weeks and was the starting quarterback the last time the Browns won a game, beating San Diego on Dec. 24, 2016.
He did not play football last year, but stayed in shape by training at the University of Central Florida. Griffin said he also spent hours watching film, studying the defense of various NFL teams.
"He has street credibility immediately," Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban said. "He loves football and had the taste of not being around it for awhile Nick Vigil Jersey , so he's hungry and enjoying every moment. We talk all of the time: control what you can control and when the opportunity comes, you take advantage of it."
Griffin, 28, worked out with the Ravens a few months prior to the NFL Draft. He performed well enough to earn a one-year deal reportedly worth $1 million with a $100,000 signing bonus. So far, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is confident the team made the correct decision.
"I think it's been great having Robert here. He's a very talented pro," Harbaugh said. "He's a top pick in the draft, so he has talent. He's healthy for the first time in quite a few years."
Griffin is fully aware that any role with the team will be serving as a backup to Flacco. The biggest question now is whether the Ravens will carry three quarterbacks into the regular season.
"It will be a tough decision," Harbaugh said. "Any time you keep an one player at one position as extra, it's one less player at another position you decide to lose. I'm not even thinking about that right now. We'll let that happen when the time comes."
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have assembled quite a crowd on defense.
The Hurricanes brought in two established defensemen this offseason — trading for Dougie Hamilton Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey , and signing Calvin de Haan. That means seven players for six spots on game nights, and they hope the strength in those numbers will finally end the NHL’s longest active playoff drought.
And while No. 2 overall draft pick Andrei Svechnikov and 2017 first-rounder Martin Necas will draw much of the attention, the strength of this team could be a defensive unit that ranks among the best in the Eastern Conference.
“Being able to play with some of the talent on that back end was going to make my life a lot easier,” de Haan said Tuesday. “And hopefully they can say the same thing about me one day.”
Carolina was the only team in the league last season to allow fewer than 29 shots on goal per game, but they were just 22nd in the league in goals allowed (253).
The additions of Hamilton and de Haan strengthens a young defensive group centered around Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, both of whom last year signed long-term deals that will keep them with the Hurricanes well into the 2020s, and a series of offseason transactions left 26-year-old Justin Faulk as the group’s longest-tenured player.
“I’m the grayhair on the back end,” de Haan said, “and I’m only 27.”
Carolina picked up Hamilton from Calgary in a five-player trade at the draft that cost the Hurricanes another young defenseman — Noah Hanifin — and signed former New York Islander de Haan to a four-year free-agent contract in July. All seven of the defensemen are under contract for the 2019-20 season, too, except for former first-round pick Haydn Fleury — who will be a restricted free agent Marlon Humphrey Jersey , giving Carolina the right to match any offer he receives.
“I think we’re going to have a really young group of guys,” Hamilton said, “and it’ll be fun to see where we can take it.”
Hamilton, who shared the NHL lead among defensemen with 17 goals last season and has had four straight seasons with at least 42 points, gives the Hurricanes some offensive punch from the blue line. Carolina’s top-scoring defenseman last season was Hanifin, who had 32 points. Meanwhile, de Haan looks to step right in and replace Hanifin on the left side.
Those two would appear to join Pesce and Slavin as the top four, with Faulk — whose plus-minus rating was a career-worst minus-26 and whose 31 points were his worst since 2012-13 — slipping to a lower rung along with Trevor van Riemsdyk or Fleury.
The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring an end to that pesky playoff drought.
The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once — in 2009 — since they won the Stanley Cup in 2006. If they miss the postseason again this year, they’ll tie the NHL record for consecutive seasons without a playoff berth http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-daesean-hamilton-jersey , a dubious mark set by Florida from 2001-11 and matched by Edmonton from 2007-17.
Carolina has “a lot of talented, young guys in the system, and the guys we brought in are great players, so that will be exciting, make everybody better and push one another,” van Riemsdyk said. “I think our D-corps looks really good, and it’s an exciting time to be in Raleigh and hopefully we can make that step and make the playoffs and make some noise this year.”
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