When the Baltimore Ravens designed Lamar Jackson, Ozzie Newsom's immediate response was to use his first election as General Manager of the NFL to find Joe Flacco's heir to the throne.
But what did Jackson's selection of Robert Griffin III's chances of staying on the roster and playing as Flacco's backup mean?
"When they designed Lamar, I did not see it as a shot at me or a shot at Joe," said Griffin Mike Jones of USA Today. "It was okay, Lamar comes in here and it's up to us to help him learn the crime and help him measure himself." For me it is my job to show them that I am a win for the team and not a disadvantage.
Jackson's appointment as Ravens' team will undoubtedly overshadow Griffin's future with the team, and despite being organized in second-team snapshots with Jones last week, he was limited to just a handful of throws at certain times, while splitting with Josh Woodrum, who is more or less considered to be a storage arm.
Griffin seems open to being a potential mentor to Jackson because he has similar playing styles, but he sees his NFL future outside of Baltimore?
"One [reporter] asked me if I wanted to show other teams," Griffin said. "No, my focus is," I'm a Baltimore Raven. I'll show you that I should be here. "
Griffin understands that he is facing the revival of his once-promising NFL career, with numerous injuries, disappointing seasons in Washington and Cleveland and a year outside of football However, Griffin is confident that he will be able to make the second phase of his career a success no matter who he is competing for with snapshots.
"I look myself as an old, young man, "Griffin said." I'm 28 years old, so I'm still young. But I have been around. I feel like the chips in my life have been hit countless times – not just my career. The Greatest I've Ever Learned The year was whatever your first instinct is when faced with an obstacle, when you face a challenge in life, that's you.
"I feel like a fighter My first instinct is to keep swinging, keep trying to perfect my craft as best I can. "