Leighton Vander Esch Jersey , Ind. (AP) — Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin
III spent most of their football careers going head to head.
The two high-profile Texas prep stars were both recruited by Stanford,
finished one-two in the 2011 Heisman Trophy race, went first and second in the
2012 NFL draft and were the top two vote-getters in the NFL’s Offensive Rookie
of the Year balloting.
Now, the 28-year-old quarterbacks find themselves in an odd place — rooting
for each another’s comebacks.
“You know it seems like the combine was just yesterday,” Griffin said after
the first of two joint practices on the final weekend of training camp.
“He’s always going to be the geeky guy and I’m always going to be the guy who
wears the goofy socks.”
Maybe those sentiments sound strange coming from two guys who were supposed
to join the long list of memorable rivals.
But fate, as it sometimes does, changed everything.
Instead of becoming fierce foes, Griffin and Luck developed a mutual
admiration for each another’s work. They respect one another so much that Luck
even took a moment during a brief stoppage at practice to jog over and give
Griffin a hug.
“He’s a really good guy. He’s a Texas guy, so we have some links there,” Luck
said earlier this week. “I got to know him at the Heisman and then the combine
and draft. I’ve always been a big fan. Our families got to know each other a
fair bit. I’m excited to see him.”
Much has changed since these two last threw passes on the same
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preseason games, pitting the seemingly can’t-miss prospects.
Luck was considered the polished, establishment guy, who learned the game
from his NFL-playing father, who was groomed in Stanford’s pro-style offense had
a resume that resembled Peyton Manning’s.
Griffin was the flashy new guy with plenty of upside, legs that were supposed
to be as difficult to stop as his arm, who could make any offense high octane
and who took home four of college football’s most prized trophies in 2011.
Both began with a bang.
Luck led the Colts to the playoffs each of his first three seasons, made the
Pro Bowl each year and helped lead the Colts one step deeper in the playoffs
each successive year, culminating with an AFC championship game appearance
following the 2014 season.
Griffin countered by leading the Redskins to their first playoff appearance
in five years, drawing praise from President Barack Obama and making the Pro
Bowl as a rookie.
Then things suddenly went awry.
Griffin sprained a ligament in his right knee in December
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the final two regular-season games and the playoff game against Seattle. During
the fourth quarter of the loss to the Seahawks, Griffin’s knee gave out and he
wound up needing surgery for two torn ligaments and a torn meniscus.
“I don’t think about the past because otherwise I can’t stay in the present,”
Griffin said. “I’m a football player. If they tell me I can go, I’m going to
He was never the same. Since starting 9-7, he is just 6-19 as a starter.
Griffin lost the starting spot in Washington three times over the next three
seasons and finally signed with Cleveland in 2016, where he spent most of the
season on injured reserve with a fractured bone in his left shoulder. He still
holds the distinction as the most recent starting quarterback to lead the Browns
to a victory on Dec. 24, 2016.
The Browns released Griffin in March 2017 — before he collected a $750,000
roster bonus — and he was out of football all of last season.
“It was hard, very hard,” Griffin said. “But the Ravens gave me an
opportunity and I’m here to make the most of this opportunity.”
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meanwhile, dealt with other obstacles.
He injured his right shoulder in the third game of the 2015 season, ending a
starting streak of 57 consecutive games.
Luck finished his fourth pro season on injured reserve with a lacerated
kidney, played through the continual pain in his right shoulder in 2016 then
opted for surgery on a partially torn labrum in January 2017. The recovery cost
him all of last season.
The Colts missed the playoffs all three of those years and now he’s finally
back, looking to find his pre-surgery form.
“I know he was just hurting,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “When you miss
that much football, you start questioning everything. For him to be back out
here has to be a joy for him.”
Luck will continue lining up behind center for the second joint practice
Saturday and likely for more than a quarter in Monday night’s game.
Griffin, meanwhile, is trying to restart his career by winning a job behind
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco and first-round draft pick and Heisman
winner Lamar Jackson, meaning Griffin and Luck could be watching each other’s
“I’m always root for
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just to the level he was before but to the level the Colts expect.”
Panthers are trying to give quarterback Cam Newton more pieces to work with on
Carolina has agreed to terms with free agent slot wide receiver Jarius Wright
on a three-year deal, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The
person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the
Panthers have not announced the move.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately known.
The Panthers ranked 28th in the league in passing last season.
The 28-year-old Wright has spent all six NFL seasons with the Vikings and is
familiar with Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, having worked under
him for more than two seasons in Minnesota.
The former fourth-round pick was released by the Vikings last week.
The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Wright had 18 receptions for 198 yards and two
touchdowns in 2017. His most productive season came in 2014, when he caught 42
passes for 588 yards and two touchdowns.
Earlier this offseason, the Panthers traded cornerback Daryl Worley to
Philadelphia for wide receiver Torrey Smith giving them a new starter opposite
No. 1 receiver Devin Funchess.
Wright has primarily worked in the slot in the past. He has 153 catches for
2,039 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career with Minnesota.
The Panthers are still in the market for a cornerback after a deal fell
through for free agent Bashaud Breeland last week. Breeland had agreed to terms
on a contract with Carolina but later failed a physical.
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