There’s plenty of hype about Robert Griffin III, RG3 or just plain “Bob Griffin” if you ask New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. The first day of Washington Redskins training camp brought it with the No. 2 overall pick clearly the center of attention.
And while teammates talked up Griffin, there was the measured caution that he still has a lot of work to do to earn praise in the NFL, or even the NFC East.
“Our division is so tough. So tough, great quarterbacks. He’s probably, right now, the worst quarterback in our division,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “He hadn’t took a snap. So he has that title until he takes a snap and goes out there and proves a little something.”
In a division with the Giants’ Eli Manning, the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick, that’s more than understandable.
“I guess it all starts at quarterback is what everybody always says,” Hall said. “We finally got one that we feel like can hold his own against some of these other guys in the league.”
Thursday was just Day One of Griffin’s on-field work at camp, but already middle linebacker London Fletcher was drawing comparisons between the rookie and Vick.
Griffin’s ability to be more than just a passer is something teammates like Hall take notice of right away.
“Just watching him make little throws and things like that, man, you can tell the kid can make every throw on the field. He can use his legs to help extend the play. As a DB you hate that; you hate to see a quarterback when you feel like, ‘Oh man, we got him,’ and the play’s still going on. He brings that dynamic to the game,” he said. “I can definitely see a lot of plays getting extended just by him moving his legs a little bit, buying more time. I can see him picking up first downs just by scrambling out of the pocket, using his legs. Anytime you got a guy who gets the ball every single play and that dynamic, he has a chance to make plays.”