RG3 endorses Alfred Morris
The voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year figures to be tight between rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. Still, Griffin said Wednesday he wouldn't pick himself if he had a vote to cast.
In an interview with the NFL Network's "NFL AM" program Wednesday morning, Griffin said he would vote for teammate Alfred Morris, who is fifth in the NFL with 982 rushing yards and has six rushing touchdowns.
"My vote would go to Alfred Morris, because I wouldn't vote for myself. I think that's extremely conceited and I'm not that person, so I'd vote for Alfred Morris," Griffin told the NFL Network. "He's my running back, he's had a very quiet but very great season for a running back, and I'm proud to have him on this team."
Griffin has had a great rookie season and is tied for second in the NFL in fewest interceptions (4) and ranked fourth in completion percentage (67.5). He also has 3,146 total yards (2,504 pass, 642 rush) and 22 touchdowns (16 pass, 6 rush). He is also just the third quarterback in NFL history to amass at least 2,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in a single season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
RG3 Excels vs. Extra Rushers
One area rookie quarterbacks usually struggle with is handling extra pass rushers. Andrew Luck has been no exception, but Robert Griffin III? His 97.9 Total QBR against at least five pass rushers is the best in the NFL.
Luck/Griffin III vs. 5+ rushers
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
Luck, meanwhile, is having a fantastic rookie season of his own. His seven wins as a rookie are tied for the most by a No. 1 overall pick in his rookie season. His 3,025 passing yards are the most by a rookie through 11 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Luck is ranked fourth in ESPN's Total QBR rankings with a 75.0 rating. Griffin is fifth at 72.1.
Griffin, who was selected just behind Luck at No. 2 overall, told the NFL Network he's rooting for the Indianapolis Colts quarterback to do well.
"Going into college, I was compared to Terrelle Pryor a lot, and now coming into the pros, it's going to be me and Andrew Luck. And like I tell everybody, I don't ever root against quarterbacks, and I want him to have a great career as well. If they are going to continue to compare us, hopefully we are the best comparison of all time," he said in the "NFL AM" interview.
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