"I've learned to protect myself better," Griffin said Wednesday at his introductory news conference, via the team's official website. "You're going to get hit in this league -- it's just what it is; it's going to happen. The offensive line's job is to make that not happen; your job is to make that not happen by getting the ball out of your hands."
As he prepares to battle for a roster spot with the Ravens, Griffin said he wouldn't completely ditch the running style that made him famous as a rookie, but he'll be smarter about not trying to make every play a home run.
"It doesn't mean I'm not going to run. It just means that when I do run, I'll be smarter about it," he said. "I'll slide earlier, get out of bounds when I have to, and when it's time to run for 70 [yards], I'll run for 70. It just is what it is. That's what I more so learned by watching over the years. I'm excited about that."
Learning to keep himself healthy could go a long way to helping recapture a career that has been lost at sea since that first ACL tear as a rookie.
"If I'm being 100-percent honest, I probably haven't felt this good since I came out of college," Griffin said. "A year off of football can do that when trucks aren't landing on you every play."