By Danny Cox
Robert Griffin III, the explosive rookie quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is going to face off with the New York Giants for the first time on Sunday. He is looking forward to every opponent that comes his way actually, and the Giants are anticipating his visit as well.
In fact, the Giants are so eager to face the great arm, blazing speed, and awesome agility of RG3 that they even have some messages for him.
Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul wants to graciously welcome RG3 on the field against his team, but nowhere near his side of the field.
“We like to set the edges,” Pierre-Paul said of containing the corners. “Yes, it’ll be a very good match-up. Not on my side, though. Not on my side. Or the other side.”
When asked about his side of the defense, Pierre-Paul responded: “Not on my side. Don’t bring it on my side. Don’t bring it. Go the other way.”
“Don’t come on my side, I told you that,” he added. “Don’t come to my side. Not my side.”
Everyone knows that Griffin is a huge threat with his arms and also his legs. Last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, RG3 rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns. That total includes an awesome 76-yard sprint for a score to help the Redskins defeat the Vikings 38-26.
Pierre-Paul is no slouch on defense though and he recently had a great game as well. Just this last week, JPP had two of the Giants’ six sacks in a dominating win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Other New York players are impressed with RG3, but not that much.
Earlier in the season, Giants’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he wouldn’t even call Griffin by “RG3″ because he hadn’t yet earned the right to have a cool nickname. Umenyiora said that Griffin’s name would simply be “Bob” until he got to that point in his career.
Griffin laughed about the “Bob” name and shook it off without much worry.
“Some of the media down here in Washington started calling me ‘Bob’ for a few days, trying to laugh it off,” Griffin said in a conference call with reporters. “Other than that, it [the Bob nickname] really hasn’t stuck. I don’t plan on letting it stick, either.”
“Osi is a guy that has proven himself in this league,” he added. “He’s a sack-master, he’s done a lot of great things over his career. I didn’t mind it at all. I got where he was coming from. It doesn’t matter, I’ve had people call me worse things on the field.”
New York and Washington are facing off in an important NFC East match-up, and the Giants are hoping that they can fare better this year against the Redskins than last year. Rex Grossman was leading last year’s Washington squad and the Giants went 0-2 against them.
Grossman is no RG3.
If New York loses against the Redskins, they will drop to 0-3 in the division and that’s an awful deep hole to try and get out of. RG3 could very well put the Giants there if New York forgets about the speed the rookie quarterback possesses.
One wrong move by the Giants, and RG3 could get behind them and be off to the races. Jason Pierre-Paul will surely keep his eyes locked on Griffin all afternoon, and that could be the different between a win and a loss.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.