The latest morsel of hype regarding the former Baylor star comes from one of his teammates.
According to USA Today's Simon Samano, wide receiver Josh Morgan said this: "He's as fast as Michael Vick, but he can make all the throws that Peyton Manning can make and he can make all the reads Tom Brady can make. He's got the whole package."
Honestly, you can't get higher praise than that, but Morgan's statement raises the bar higher than it already was for what folks will expect from the rookie in 2012. How in the world is RG3 supposed to live up to that?
Here are the reasons Griffin III will live up to the enormous hype that's been surrounding him ever since he won the Heisman Trophy back in December of 2011.
Poise and Confidence
The single, most important attribute a young quarterback needs to succeed in the NFL outside of natural talent is poise. Thankfully for the Redskins and their fans, Griffin III has a deep well of poise that makes guys like Kevin Kolb look like court jesters.
Griffin III also isn't short on confidence—a trait that I'm sure has caused some to believe he's cocky.
After his first preseason game, RG3 shocked a lot of people when he said this:
Is RG3's statement here confident or cocky?
Practice is a lot harder than the games. Our defense was definitely on top of a lot of stuff we were doing during practice. You come out to the game and you can see all the reads a lot clearer just because you’re not going against that defense every single day. The holes were a lot bigger. I felt like I was able to read things a lot cleaner and get the ball out of my hands (h/t Redskins.com).
Nothing the Redskins have thrown at Griffin has fazed him this summer, and nothing he's seen during the preseason confused him. He looked like someone who knows what to expect, and when plays broke down, RG3 never looked nervous or confused.
Arm Strength, Accuracy and Athleticism
RG3 can make all the throws, and he has the accuracy and touch to hit his receivers in stride. This gives the receivers a better chance of gaining yards after the catch, and as a result, Griffin III's numbers will inflate.
Then, there's the simple fact that the young man is supremely gifted from an athletic standpoint. The dude ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, for heaven's sake. Even when defenses get pressure on him in the pocket, he's quick enough and smart enough to escape.
Once he escapes, he's a threat for six no matter if he passes the ball or runs it.
Defenses would be smart to keep a spy on Griffin III. If they don't, he's going to run rampant. The only problem with spying him is that it leaves opposing defenses with one less defender covering his receiving targets—a pretty darn good group.
RG3 and Mike Shanahan Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
There's a good reason that Jake "The Snake" Plummer was running Shanahan's offense in Denver for four years, and it isn't because Plummer was such a stud at the quarterback position.
Shanahan loves mobile quarterbacks. Bottom line.
RG3's skill set is perfect for a Shanahan offense, and I predict we'll see things from this duo in 2012 that haven't been seen in the NFL for years.
In addition to the fact that defenses won't know how to handle the things they'll see, Shanahan's knowledge of the NFL will give him a leg up compared to say, a college coach implementing new concepts.
I have high hopes for Griffin III in 2012. I've gone out on a limb and have predicted that the Redskins will win the NFC East, much to the amusement of many of my readers, but I'm firm in my stance.
RG3 will live up to the hype. He is too good not to do so, and he's got a veteran head coach that won't be phased by anything teams throw at his prized pupil. Let the games begin.
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