He’s yet to take even his first NFL snap, but already Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is being mentioned with some pretty heady company.
Teammate Joshua Morgan has seen fit to already liken the former Heisman Trophy winner to icons Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.
“I love him to death and can’t say enough great things about him,” the fifth-year wide receiver out of Virginia Tech was quoted as saying by a local sports website.
“He came in so humble and so focused you don’t have any choice but to just rock with him,” Morgan said, which is also fine.
“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,”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t exactly try to temper the expectations on the second overall pick of the April NFL Draft either, saying, “the NFL is not used to…a quarterback with his type of speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that people haven’t done.”
RGIII has been impressive in the preseason, completing 65 percent (20 of 31) of his pass attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
In addition to his precision passing and nimble feet, Griffin II has shown a tremendous poise and command in the pocket that belays his youth.
The Redskins gave up a lot to acquire him, trading up with the St. Louis Rams from the sixth slot to the second to take the highly productive Baylor quarterback.
The move to land their franchise quarterback cost Washington its sixth overall pick in 2012, as well as its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, and a second-round pick in 2012.
RGIII signed a contract with the Redskins in July that is worth more than $21 million over four years, including a $13.8 million signing bonus.