Robert Griffin III is heading to the bench.
ESPN reported Wednesday morning, via a source, that the Washington Redskins have benched RG3 and will start Colt McCoy on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
According to the ESPN report, the Redskins aren’t yet willing to part ways with Griffin, and the Baylor product still is a significant part of the team’s long-term plan. The hope, according to ESPN, is that the ‘Skins will be able to retool this offseason.
In an ironic twist, this is the first offseason Washington will have a full slate of draft picks after it traded its 2012 second-round selection, as well as its first-round choices in 2013 and 2014, to move up and take Griffin No. 2 overall in the 2012 draft.
Griffin’s job security has been a hot topic as he continues to struggle. He completed just 11 of 19 passes for 106 yards last week in a 17-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Griffin has just two TD passes and three interceptions in five games this season.
UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed the move later Wednesday, saying “I just feel like Colt gives us a better opportunity.”
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