Griffin, who was out of football all of last year, was signed by the Ravens on Wednesday on a one-year deal with a base salary of $1 million, according to NFL Network. He figures to step in as Joe Flacco insurance, after the franchise quarterback struggled throughout last season with a troublesome back. Josh Woodrum is the only other quarterback currently on Baltimore’s roster.
Griffin campaigned through much of last season for a job, updating his social accounts frequently with footage of him working out. In December, he said he had received offers from Arizona and Baltimore that he turned down because he couldn’t see a path to becoming the starter. Perhaps now he does.
One thing Kapler refused to do was bite on a series of questions about rookie J.P. Crawford’s early struggles at the plate. Crawford got off to a 1-for-23 start and was, by his admission, working diligently in the cage to reduce the length in his swing. But Kapler danced around several questions about Crawford’s shortcomings and focused on his young shortstop’s discerning eye and ability to work a count. His perpetually sunny-side-up approach to player assessment is a contrast from that of his predecessor, Pete Mackanin, who was generally blunt with his public comments.
The 5-foot-9 Rawls, an undrafted rookie, started just 10 games the past two years after being expected to take over as the starter after Marshawn Lynch left. With the Jets, he joins incumbent backs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire and recently signed Isaiah Crowell, formerly with the Browns.
Hewitt, 6-2, 234, has 104 tackles, one sack and one interception in his career with the Dolphins and was signed to be a key contributor on special teams.
The Jets also had Lions center Travis Swanson in for a free agent visit on Friday. A couple of weeks ago the Jets signed free-agent center Spencer Long to a four-year deal.
Long was selected by the Redskins in the third round of the 2014 draft. He has played guard and center, starting 18 games over the past two seasons at center. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 19th best center last year.
“The work and the preparation, it just doesn’t stop,” Kapler said. “It ends when everybody leaves the ballpark and you get home and start to make your last-minute notes. Then you crash and wake up and go, ‘Oh s—, I need to get the lineup to this and that person.’ The days just don’t end.”