NFC East Watch: Gruden Declares RG3 Redskins’ Starter

Robert Griffin III was limited to nine games in 2014 after suffering an ankle injury

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The thoroughly muddled quarterback situation in Washington got a little clearer on Wednesday when Redskins coach Jay Gruden, seemingly out of nowhere, declared Robert Griffin III the team’s starter going into the 2015 season.

Griffin had a rough 2014, of course. He suffered a dislocated ankle in Week 2 and missed five games before returning. Griffin then started in three games, all losses, before being benched in favor of Colt McCoy in Week 13, but McCoy suffered a season-ending neck injury in a 24-0 loss to the Rams the following week, allowing RG3 to step back in and finish the season.

All told, Griffin threw for a career-low 1,694 yards in nine games in 2014, and posted just four touchdowns to six interceptions.

“Robert ended the season as the starter and we anticipate that moving forward and we anticipate both of them with a good frame of mind and eager to get better,” Gruden said, per the Washington Post. “We’ll go into the season with Robert as the number one guy obviously, and it’s up to Robert to continue to grow and mature as a quarterback and a person and moving forward. We just want to see some improvement. That’s up to us as a staff to get more out of him.”

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