Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told WJLA-TV on Aug. 17 he's "the best quarterback in the league."
Robert Griffin III feels he's the best quarterback in the NFL.
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This was what Griffin told WJLA-TV's Alex Parker on Aug. 17. Griffin made the declaration after the Redskins' last open practice of training camp:
"I don't feel like I have to come out here and show anybody or anything or why I'm better than this guy or better than that guy. It's more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and play, I know I'm the best quarterback on this team.
"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 they can be.
"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 also said playing in the NFL comes with a lot of scrutiny, per Parker:
"It's not the game you thought it was when you were a kid dreaming of playing as a professional athlete. There's more business that goes into it. There's more ruthlessness. More backstabbing than you would expect.
"But at the end of the day, when you put your helmet on, your shoulder pads, your pants, and your cleats and you get to go out there and run around on the field, it's still the same game you played as a kid.
"When I look at it that way, I'm like, 'Man, it's an honor.'"
Griffin liked what he saw during last Thursday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com spoke with the Washington quarterback. The Redskins edged the Browns, 20-17.
Czarda stresses the offensive starters were on the field for just two drives. They tallied 85 yards and four first downs. Griffin went 4-of-8 passing for 36 yards.
Griffin liked how the Redskins moved the sticks, per Czarda:
"I thought we got some good work in moving the ball. We got into a good situation on a couple third downs so that was good for us as an offense. We scored every time we got the ball.
"It was good, but as coach says, we have a long way to go. Training camp is all about continuing to get better when we practice it out on the field."
Kirk Cousins took over for Griffin when the second team came in. Colt McCoy led the third team to finish the game, per Redskins.com.
The Washington Post's Mike Jones says Griffin has made progress. Griffin has done a good job in looking for open teammates and making better decisions.
Jones also says Griffin has a tendency to become sloppy. His accuracy is still inconsistent. He also has a habit of looking at his receivers. This gives the secondary an idea of who he's going to pass the ball to.
Griffin remains the starting quarterback after two tough seasons, per ESPN's John Keim.
Griffin tore multiple ligaments in his knee three years ago. This was during a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Griffin managed to play in 13 games in 2013. He dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season. He sat out the next six weeks. Cousins and McCoy started in his place, per ESPN.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden benched Griffin three games into his comeback. Griffin returned as the starter after McCoy suffered an injury, per Keim.
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