quarterback Robert Griffin III was a lock to start in Washington. Now, he’s merely trying to stay on the roster in Baltimore.

He seems unfazed by the challenge.

Describing himself as an old, young guy of 28, Griffin took some of the second-team reps on Thursday, along with rookie Lamar Jackson. But, as Mike Jones of USA Today notes, during some segments of Thursday’s practice, Griffin merely split a handful of snaps with fourth quarterback Josh Woodrum.

That’s insane, Solomon Thomas said. That’s a huge deal. That’s a lot of people who couldn’t get help — a lot of people who need help and a lot of people being affected. It’s more than that who are going through depression and going through all the sadness. That needs to be talked about. There needs to be help for everyone out there. I want people to know they can reach out and be loved.

The 22-year-old Thomas got the news about Ella in a phone call from his father while working out back in Texas. He got plenty of support from the Niners right away with owner Jed York, general manager John Lynch, kicker Robbie Gould and former teammate Elvis Dumervil among the people who came to Texas for the funeral.

Others in the organization have been there with timely texts, cards and other good wishes that have helped Thomas get through this difficult time.

This season, Conner hopes to do a lot more.

Didn’t really do much [last season] so I have a lot to prove, Conner recently said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. I just needed to learn more, needed to grow more. I’m in the process of growing right now.

The Steelers need that from him, because there’s a chance that 2018 will be Le’Veon Bell’s last year with the team. If so, they’ll need someone else to step up. If it’s going to be Conner, he’s going to have to earn it.

I haven’t proved anything yet, Conner said. Just another opportunity for me to prove to my coaches and earn respect from my teammates that I’m capable of playing on Sundays.

Steelers tight end Jesse James sees some improvement, so far.

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