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The Baltimore Ravens gave Robert Griffin III his first start in 19 months during Thursday's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game against the Chicago Bears Bills Taron Johnson Jersey , and it became an emotional moment for the former superstar.The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year has seen his career completely derailed from nagging knee injuries, but he looked just fine on Thursday. Griffin completed seven passes for 58 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Ravens won the game, 17-16.After the game, Griffin talked about how emotional it was for him to be back in game action for the first time in 19 months, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com."People don't understand that once you're out of the league for a year, it's really hard to get back in, especially if you're a quarterback and a high draft pick. It's just really hard to do.[Thursday] was an emotional day for me, just coming back out here. I know it's the preseason, it's the Hall of Fame game, but to have an opportunity to come back out here and play football is something that I really cherish."Drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins (who surrendered four draft picks to trade up and land him in a deal with the Rams), in 2012 Denzel Ward Browns Jersey , Griffin led them to the NFC East title after an excellent rookie year.Griffin tossed 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions, while adding 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. However, knee injuries began to pile up, ending his 2012 season and limiting RG3's progression in 2013. He was slowed by an ankle injury in 2014, and replaced by Kirk Cousins in 2015 after suffering a concussion. After the Redskins releases Griffin, he signed a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Cleveland Browns. Sadly, Griffin hurt his shoulder and was limited to five games in 2016. He was released after the season, and wasn't signed by anybody for the 2017 campaign.But the Ravens are giving Griffin a chance to get healthy and revive his career. The man is only 28 years of age, and he'll certainly have the chance to challenge struggling veteran Joe Flacco for the starting job in 2018 and beyond.We've seen many great athletes have careers derailed by injuries, but Griffin is battling hard to keep his NFL tenure going. If he can do that, it would certainly be one of the all-time great comeback stories. Justin Reid might have a leg up on most rookies when he joins the Houston Texans after spending years learning about the NFL from his brother Eric Cheap Nate Solder Jersey , a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.
"We break down film together, I go and visit him at his house," Justin Reid said. "We watched games together. He would let me in on what the game plan was that week, how they're playing certain personnel."
The elder Reid is a safety who spent the last five seasons with the 49ers, but is currently a free agent. Justin, a safety from Stanford, followed in his brother's footsteps when Houston took him with the 68th overall pick in the draft on Friday night.
General manager Brian Gaine said they valued the football pedigree in his family, but were more impressed by his other qualities.
"What I'll tell you about Justin is No. 1 (he has) the prototypical body type, height, weight, speed for the position," Gaine said. "No. 2 production Lorenzo Carter Jersey Elite , graded well in terms of production. No. 3 was the versatility, interchangeable ability to play strong safety, free safety, the ability to play the run, the ability to play the pass. We feel like he's a fully dimensional safety at the position."
Reid was Houston's first pick in this year's draft after the Texans traded away their first-round pick to Cleveland to get quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick last year. They previously sent their second-round pick in this draft to the Browns as part of the deal to get rid of Brock Osweiler.
The draft was Gaine's first as a general manager after taking over in January when Rick Smith took an indefinite leave of absence to be with his wife, who is fighting cancer. But Gaine has plenty of experience in scouting and player evaluations, having worked as assistant general manager for the Dolphins and in player personnel for the Texans and the Bills.
He talked about having to wait through two rounds before making his first pick with the Texans.
"Unique circumstance, 20 years of doing this, I've never had that experience before," he said. "But in a way after yesterday it allowed us to kind of reposition ourselves and think about what's already occurred and kind of measure the supply and demand at the positions with 32 players already gone."
Reid started 11 of 14 games last season, piling up 99 tackles, including 6 1/2 for losses with five interceptions and six pass breakups.
Houston addressed its need on the offensive line by taking Mississippi State tackle Martinas Rankin with the 80th pick. The 6-foot-4 B.J. Hill Jersey Giants , 308-pound Rankin is a versatile player who has lined up at almost every position on the offensive line, but spent the most time at left tackle. He'll have a chance to play early, competing with Julie'n Davenport for the chance to protect Watson's blind side at left tackle.
"We see him as an offensive lineman and hopefully the best five play however that unravels here," Gaine said. "But naturally he was a starting left tackle in the SEC so my hope is he'd have the ability to do that, but we also believe that if he has to play guard, right side, left side, wherever we need him that this guy has the versatility to do that."
The Texans used their last pick Friday night to address another need when they chose Central Florida tight end Jordan Akins at No. 98. At 26, the 6-3, 249-pound Akins is much older than most NFL rookies after spending four years playing minor league baseball after being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the third round in 2010.