The Lowdown: Matt Jones, Robert Griffin III, and Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor


Cleveland — Rex Ryan had heard enough quarterback questions. He’s been answering them for weeks in Buffalo and did the same for years in New York. So after the Buffalo Bills‘ 11-10 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns, Ryan confirmed what he’s been hinting at: He won’t announce a starting quarterback until the team takes the field to play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.

“Yeah, I just decided that,” Ryan said with a grin. “It’s a beautiful call by me.”

“Remember, I’m not going to make that decision until we play Indy,” Ryan said. “Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don’t need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, ‘We’re not gonna say anything.’

“We may know. But why would we say any different? The quarterbacks that we’re talking about, they’re all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that’s smart on our part.”

I think most of the fantasy community is itching for Tyrod Taylor to lock down the starting QB job for the Bills. EJ Manuel has been utter disappointment throughout his short NFL career and Matt Cassel has been referred to as “easily the worst QB on the roster.” Cassel didn’t even get to play on Thursday night. Taylor was able to move the chains through the air on with his legs on Thursday. When a QB can run, that can make him a valuable fantasy asset because it gives him potential to have a high floor and a higher ceiling, if he’s able to rack up yards in more than one way. If Taylor does win the starting job, he could make for an interesting play at near the minimum salary on FanDuel against Indianapolis. Justin Winn thinks Tyrod Taylor has Colin Kaepernick upside.


Robert Griffin III

RGIII looked atrocious last night after going 2-5 for eight yards and being sacked three times. His offensive line certainly didn’t do him any favors and he was later diagnosed with a concussion after leaving the game.


Coach Jay Gruden stated late Thursday that he has “no idea” on a return timetable for Griffin, but did say “I’d imagine” RG3 will remain the Redskins’ starter when healthy. Griffin is likely to miss Washington’s third preseason game. In all likelihood, he’ll be cleared ahead of Week 1.

Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy both had respectable outings on Thursday, each throwing for one touchdown and completing over 65 percent of their passes. Even though RGIII is considered the starter, I could envision a scenario where either McCoy or Cousins draws a few starts throughout the season. It’s all going to be on RGIII’s shoulders, and if he’s able to play well enough to retain the starting job. It’s definitely his job to lose. Our staff projections currently have RGIII projected as QB15. RG3 makes the list from Joshua Lake as one of three quarterbacks that we like more than you do.

Matt Jones

Redskins rookie Matt Jones continues to shine in the preseason. Jones ran for 44 yards on eight Thursday night, which brought his preseason rushing total to 82 yards on a mere 13 carries. Alfred Morris has yet to have a season where he doesn’t rush for over 1,000 yards, but you wonder if Jones might be able to solidify a more significant role in this offense than being more than just a change of pace back. Vegas has the Redskins win total set at six for the 2015 season. Since Morris is a one-dimensional back, I could see him being game scripted right out of the game plan if Washington lets some of these games get out of hand. If that’s the case, Jones could be the better target at a significant cheaper cost than Morris. Jones excels in both pass protection and catching out of the backfield and draws similar comps to Le’Veon Bell. Jon Moore believes Jones could be the heir to Morris and he makes Anthony Amico’s list of one of four late-round running backs to target in 2015.

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