The New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins will be conjoining for practices next week. The practices should provide both teams with a little extra competition and spark headed into preseason. It will be a learning experience for everyone, perhaps none more than Robert Griffin III.
“I know I haven’t experienced playing against another team in practice, so it will be interesting,” Robert Griffin III said, via CSN Washington. “[But] to sit here and tell you I won’t be looking at Tom Brady to see what he’s doing, that’d be a lie. I’ll be looking at him.”
RG3 and Brady are different quarterbacks. RG3′s strength throwing the deep ball and using mobility to pick up extra yards are the notorious weak spots in Brady’s game. Brady’s consistency, leadership and maturity are arguably the main deficiencies in the younger, less-seasoned RG3. Mutual admiration may be in the best interest of both players.
“You always want to take things from other quarterbacks’ games,” Griffin said. “[I grew] up watching John Elway and all those guys. The command in the pocket that Tom Brady has… Being able to step up and maneuver and move around, even though he might not be the most fleetest of foot guy. You want to be able to control the line like Peyton Manning does. You want to be able to make athletic throws like Aaron Rodgers. All those things. Those guys have amazing attributes in the things they do well. So you take that from their game [and] add it to your own. But I’ll never mimic anybody else. You just have to make it your own.”
The joint practices will begin next week in the three days leading up to their preseason matchup on Thursday.