Robert Griffin III showed a few flashes of his old self in his first game back in the NFL since crashing out of the league 2 years ago

  • Robert Griffin III returned to NFL action on Thursday night for the Baltimore Ravens after a year out of the league.
  • Griffin was once one of the most exciting players in the NFL, with a rookie campaign that had many believing he would be a future star before an injury derailed his career.
  • While Griffin's performance wasn't overwhelming, he showed that he still has value in the NFL in his limited time under center.

After a year's absence from the NFL, Robert Griffin III made his return to the league last night with the Baltimore Ravens. It was his first NFL action since the 2016 season when the Browns cut him and he never landed with another team.

Back in 2012, RG3 authored one of the most impressive rookie seasons a quarterback has ever had in the NFL, leading Washington on a seven-game winning streak to close the season an win the NFC East for the first time in 13 years. Since then, it's been a tough road for Griffin, with injuries and setbacks forcing him all the way out of the league last season before signing a one-year deal with Baltimore this year.

His return got off to a somewhat rocky start — his first throw was picked off, although his placement was solid and the interception was clearly the fault of receiver Breshad Perriman.

But Griffin would settle in after and the opening miscue and look just fine, completing 7-of-11 passes for 58 yards including one touchdown.

Overall, Griffin's performance was what it needed to be — while he didn't break off any wild 60-yard scrambles, he looked at ease with the pace of the game and was hitting receivers in the hands consistently.

After the game, Griffin was emotional thinking about his return to the league.

It's still unclear what Griffin's role with the Ravens will be this year, or if he'll even make the team's final roster. If anything, he should be able to help fellow Heisman-winner and dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson adjust to the league as they play together through the preseason.

But no matter where he ends at the start of the season, it was exciting to see him back in action on Thursday night. While he'll never reach the heights that many thought possible after his stellar rookie campaign, Griffin showed last night that he still could have value to an NFL team.

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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy stands with players Allen Robinson (12), Mitch Trubisky (10), and Kyle Fuller (23), during the national anthem before the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis receives a hug as the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees are announced before the Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and the Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: General view as the sun sets in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Maxx Williams #87 of the Baltimore Ravens runs into the end zone with a five-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game against the Chicago Bears at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears fullback Michael Burton (46) is congratulated by wide receiver Marlon Brown after Burton scored a touchdown in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Bears tight end Dion Sims (88) grabs a bit of fabric as he tries to tackle Baltimore Ravens linebacker Kamalei Correa (51) after Correa intercepted a pass by quarterback Chase Daniel in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears gets sacked by Kamalei Correa #51 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter of the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Hayden Hurst #81 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a reception against Jonathan Anderson #52 of the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Hayden Hurst #81 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a touchdown reception against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter of the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Jordan Lasley #17 of the Baltimore Ravens breaks a tackle after a reception against Michael Joseph #21 of the Chicago Bears in the third quarter of the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Aug 2, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass under pressure from Chicago Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (98) during the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Bears 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive back Darious Williams (27) reacts as Chicago Bears wide receiver Tanner Gentry (19) catches a pass for a touchdown in the second half at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst (left) celebrates scoring a touchdown with quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) against the Chicago Bears in the second half at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Chicago Bears fullback Michael Burton (46) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams (87) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the first half at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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