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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bird’s eye view: Michael Vick’s ex-teammate says Robert Griffin III is better

Washington Redskins’ cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a perspective that no one in the league has concerning quarterback Robert Griffin III and the player he will most likely be compared to throughout his career: Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick.

Hall played with Vick for three seasons as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. He has also had to play against Vick a lot in recent years since his Redskins play the Eagles twice a year so he knows Vick very well. He has seen Vick’s development from an athlete to a quarterback.

And as difficult as it has been to trust Hall’s judgment at times, it’s hard to speak against Hall’s assessment that RGIII is much further along at this point in his career than Vick was.

Of course Griffin really hasn’t done anything yet. He has no statistics that we can compare against Vick’s since he has yet to play an actual NFL game but Hall gets to see Griffin in practice every day.

Hall remembers how impatient Vick was in the pocket when he was quarterbacking for the Falcons and sees more poise in the way Griffin plays during the Redskins’ practices.

Hall would make the comment on ESPN 980 radio that "Mike felt like he could go out athletically and be great. RGIII is like, 'I know athletically I'm pretty good, but I want to be mentally great. If I can be mentally great and athletically good or great, then it is scary.' His ability to want to be that great quarterback now and just a great athlete is what is going to separate him from all the other guys out there."

Of course this could be just another case of a player sticking up for his teammate but Griffin has been receiving a lot of praise for the way he has performed and carried himself since being drafted by the Redskins.

Teammates, coaches and the media have all been quick to heap praise upon the rookie quarterback and many speculate that he will have a solid season with the Redskins this year. He’s expected to have an even better season than the quarterback who was drafted ahead of him, Andrew Luck.

But much those expectations come because the Redskins are considered to be a much better team than the Indianapolis Colts. People also see the enormous impact Cam Newton had with the Carolina Panthers last season.

Newton is another athletic quarterback who Griffin will be compared to throughout his career. Newton had a tremendous season both throwing the ball and as a runner last season which is the kind of production Washington hopes to get from its superstar rookie.

But until Griffin actually plays in a game we won’t know how true the comments being made about him are. Still, the way things are sounding he’s going to be exciting to watch.

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Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He is also a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He can be contacted at and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.

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