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Yes I think it's a stupid question to answer definitively at this point. But for all intents and purposes, he better be the real deal.
However, people need to be reminded that Griffin has yet to take an official snap in the NFL. So before we give him the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, let's let him get through training camp. He has looked great in shorts in the spring time, but let's see how he reacts when everything speeds up in training camp.
RGIII has proven that he is a very poised, charismatic and talented young man. But he has yet to prove he is an elite NFL QB.
He has most certainly impressed during OTAs with the media and teammates alike. This doesn't mean that we have to believe all of the hype that surrounded him through the draft process.
From his late-season performances through the bowl season to winning the Heisman and ending up at draft night in New York City, RGIII had a meteoric rise in popularity, coverage and on many NFL organization's draft boards.
Looking back, the former Baylor QB had as much press if not more than the No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Luck. Many in the media even thought that the Indianapolis Colts would take Griffin III over Luck.
Everyone fell victim to the hype.
But that's OK as long as we realize that Griffin III doesn't have to be Johny Unitas, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. RGIII just has to be himself which seems, at this point, to be light years ahead of what Washington had under center last year with Rex Grossman.
Could RGIII have an impact on the franchise like Sonny Jurgensen did in the '60s and '70s? Sure.
Could he have a career like Joe Theismann that is incredibly productive but tragically cut short? It's always a possibility.
But before we start electing him to the Hall of Fame, Griffin III's got to get through his rookie season.
As rookies transition from college to their first OTAs to training camp, the speed of the game and pressure increases exponentially. Griffin needs to come out in camp and prove that he can keep up with the competition and has a firm grasp of the playbook.
So far he has done all of the right things, but his performance in training camp will lay the groundwork for the Washington Redskins 2012 regular season.
And what if Griffin has a mediocre first year in Washington; is the franchise doomed for good? No.
Is it playoffs or bust this year or next? No.
All he has to do is come into training camp continuing to work his tail off and prove that he can keep up. If RGIII makes it through camp looking every bit as good as he does now, as Redskins fans we can all collectively exhale and let him become the QB we want him to be over time, not overnight.
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