Robert Griffin III said year off made him 'smarter' with playbook

RGIII said taking a year off made him study NFL playbooks more, which made him "smarter" with the game.

Robert Griffin III said not being on an NFL team for a year made him a "smarter" player.

The new Ravens quarterback said his time off allowed him to study the playbook, analyze games and research aspects of each team's offense and defense so he could improve himself.

"It helped me become a smarter player," Griffin said at the Ravens' introductory conference. "I tried to use that experience to grow. I feel like I have grown from that and I look forward to being able to show it."

Griffin signed a one-year deal to be Joe Flacco's backup. He remained unsigned throughout the entire 2017 season after the Browns released him in 2016 due to continual injuries.

According to past reports from team officials, the Ravens were impressed with how much Griffin knew and how he was gung-ho about helping the team in any way.

"I'm not relying on what I did in the past," Griffin said. "I want to show them the player that I am and the player I can be moving forward. It's time to let that stuff go and move forward as a new player, a better player, a grown player."

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Griffin, 28, was selected No. 2 overall in the 2012 draft by the Redskins. He was extremely successful his first season and made it to the Pro Bowl after throwing 20 touchdowns. However, he failed to remain healthy and consistent and was eventually replaced by Kirk Cousins.

"Being 100 percent honest, I haven't felt this good since I came out of college," Griffin said. "A year off of football can do that when trucks aren't landing on you every play."