By Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.comAlthough Sonny Jurgensen hasnt had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Robert Griffin III yet, the Hall of Fame quarterback got the chance to study the rookie during mini camp last month at Redskins Park.And, its safe to say, Jurgensen liked what he saw from the Washingtons touted first round draft pick.This is exactly what the Redskins need, Jurgensen said. Hes very gifted. Hes such a tremendous athlete. Ive never seen anyone so quick playing that position.I think, the former Redskins great added with a smile, hes going to have a great year.Jurgensen made the comments Friday afternoon at Landsdowne Resort, where he and nearly four-dozen fellow Hall of Famers gathered to support Bobby Mitchells charity golf tournament. The 22nd annual event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and, on Sunday morning, will be open to the public in exchange for a 5 donation.While athleticism is the first characteristic that stands out about Griffin, its only part of what will make him successful as he transitions from the college gridiron to pro ranks, Jurgensen said.Hes smart enough to understand just ask anyone who knows him, he added, asked whether he believes the Heisman Trophy winner can cope with the hype thats already been heaped upon him. Hes from a military family. He understands theres a lot of work that goes into making everything happen.Griffins biggest challenge, Jurgensen said, will be remaining patient in the pocket and straddling the fine line all dual threat quarterbacks have had to walk, particularly early in their careers.The thing he has to do, as a young quarterback, is let the game come to him, rather than trying to take over the game, Jurgensen said. And thats always tough when youre as gifted as him.When youre paid to throw the football, its when do you let your legs take over? he continued. Its something that quarterbacks like Steve Young, Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick had to figure out.Theyre paid to throw the ball but when they cant find an open receiver, theyve got a reserve and then take off running. He doesnt want to make his living running with the football; he wants to make his living throwing the football and leading this football team.Speaking of throwing the football, Jurgensen said Griffin does it as well as anyone hes watched in recent seasons.I was very impressed with the velocity he had on the ball, his arm strength, the quickness of his passes, Jurgensen said. Also -- something you dont normally get with a young man -- is the touch he has on the ball. He has excellent touch on the ball on crossing patterns, laying it over to the tight end on the deep crossing patterns that youll see Fred Davis run.Jurgensen also said the acquisition of wide receivers Josh Morgan and Pierre Garon will take some of the pressure off Griffin because they can use their veteran savvy to get open and make plays after catching the ball.They will be helpful, Jurgensen said before pointing out that the offensive line will be equally as important to Griffins success. If they can protect him the offensive line will come under a lot of scrutiny now because they have to protect him.
By Tarik El-Bashir