QB Gri∞n will likely get an­other shot in NFL

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY MARK MASKE mark.maske@wash­post.com

The NFL opportunities are dwin­dling for quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III. But they’re prob­a­bly not ex­hausted quite yet.

The Cleve­land Browns re­leased Grif­fin on Fri­day. The move comes with Grif­fin, the NFL of­fen­sive rookie of the year for the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins in 2012, one sea­son into the two-year con­tract he signed with the Browns.

The hope when the Browns signed Grif­fin was that Hue Jack­son, their new head coach and a re­spected of­fen­sive mind, could help Grif­fin re­cap­ture his rook­ieyear magic. It didn’t hap­pen.

Grif­fin got hurt in the sea­son opener. By the time he healed, the team’s sea­son was a lost cause. Grif­fin gave lit­tle in­di­ca­tion that he was the an­swer to the fran­chise’s long-stand­ing quar­ter­back prob­lem, and the Browns fin­ished 1-15.

The Browns’ search for a re­li­able quar­ter­back con­tin­ues. They have the first and 12th over­all choices in next month’s NFL draft, plus a pair of sec­ond-round se­lec­tions this year and a first-rounder and three sec­ond-rounders next year.

The knee-jerk re­ac­tion is that Grif­fin is done and out of chances. He has not been the same player since hurt­ing his knee in his rookie sea­son and rush­ing back to be in the lineup for the opener of his sec­ond sea­son.

He has not made the tran­si­tion from be­ing an im­pro­vi­sa­tional quar­ter­back in a col­lege-style of­fense as a rookie to be­ing a depend­able pocket passer in an NFLstyle of­fense. He has not demon­strated that he can re­main healthy and on the field.

But, keep in mind, there is a short­age of qual­ity quar­ter­backs in the NFL. Plenty of teams need a starter. Oth­ers need a backup. There are many un­der­whelm­ing quar­ter­backs around the league. Grif­fin is likely to get an­other chance some­where, at some point. But he’d bet­ter make the most of it. Now-or-never time is get­ting pretty close for him.

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