Robert Griffin III In (Pretend) Action

RG3-styeria has swept the nation’s capital. 19,000 Redskins fans came to an event at Fed Ex Field almost immediately after he was taken.

Griffin says he is helping determine which plays in the playbook to call.

Here is what some teammates are saying:

“It’s so evident that he’s a tremendous athlete,” opined Chris Cooley. “No one will ever question that. … (But) his ability to be great for us and to be great early will be to understand what we’re doing offensively, and will be able to build a trust with the guys he’s around now. I think he has all the skills to do that… He stays after (conditioning sessions) for an hour and throws to guys. To watch the way he calls the plays in the huddle … learning the playbook in a month is very impressive.”

“That was huge for me. I’m in my 15th season. To go into another year not having a (quality) quarterback was not very appealing to me. When they were able to make the trade … it made the situation a lot better as far as coming back here,” London Fletcher said. “He’s very humble, very respectful, not coming in feeling like he’s entitled to anything…He has an aura about himself that people want to gravitate to and just get to know him…There are some first-round draft picks, especially high guys, they come in and feel like things should be given to them. That’s not the case with him.he continued.

“He’s been doing everything that we expect,” Santana Moss said. “He’s looking sharp. He doesn’t look like a rookie right now. I’ve seen him run a lot, but I see him throw the ball and it’s like pinpoint — right there, on the spot. You don’t have to do too much, and he’s giving us a chance to win every time…We got him here to be that guy. He’s our guy. Right now, he’s doing all the things he needs to do to show us that, ‘Hey, day-by-day, that I learn and grasp some more, that I’m going to be all that I can be for you guys.’”

“He’s doing a lot of great stuff,” says Pierre Garçon. “He knows the playbook, he’s calling the right plays, he’s putting guys in position, he’s making the throws on time, and he has a great, strong arm. He’s been like a veteran.”

From Robert Griffin III himself:

“To be out there with those guys, some of these vets, that was pretty special, so I appreciate everything that they’re doing to help me. It’s an honor to play with these guys. Chris has been very helpful. Santana was a guy that influenced me to play football. I was a fan of the U growing up. I wanted to go to the U. Just the way he way he played the game and how he played the game … the excitement.”

“With rookie minicamp, it’s more of you’re trying to show coach, ‘You drafted me. I’m as (good as) advertised.’ But when you’re with the vets, it’s more of, ‘I can help this team win, show them why coach has so much confidence in (me),’ so it’s a little bit more pressure.”

Robert Griffin III is the only professional athlete to have a roman numeral written on his jersey. Deal with it.

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