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Santana Moss on Robert Griffin III: ‘He’s that dude’

You don’t have to pay very close attention to the NFL offseason to know that there is a lot of hype surrounding Robert Griffin III. Andrew Luck may have been the top overall pick in the draft, but RG3 is by far the most intriguing rookie in the league at the moment. If you ask his teammates, the buzz is well deserved.

“He has a pretty good zip on the ball,” Santana Moss said earlier this week according to CSNWashington.com. “He has a quick release and that’s something I didn’t expect until I got out there and started going through practice with him. Once I had seen a couple of throws, I was like, ‘He’s that dude.’”

Moss added that Washington has been looking for “that dude” for quite some time now. Griffin has yet to even play an exhibition game at the NFL level, but his teammates are already excited by what they see in practice. Last week, another Redskin said RG3 is way ahead of where Michael Vick was at this stage in his career. Moss, however, believes RG3 needs only be compared to himself.

“To be here with him practicing, going over the plays and seeing how he can throw the ball, that was an eye-opener for a lot of us,” Moss said. “He’s going to be compared to a lot of folks and a lot of people, but I feel like he can only be himself.”

Griffin is “that dude” and is about te become the first player in NFL history with Roman numerals on his jersey, so there’s no arguing he’s one of a kind. Let’s just hope living up to high expectations isn’t something that makes him nervous.

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Santana Moss Blames Todd Collins

I really haven’t seen this get much play, maybe because this was the most overlooked game of the weekend. After losing to the Seahawks 35-14 (fittingly by 21 points) and seeing his season come to an end, Santana Moss was answering questions for the media. It seemed pretty clear to me that he was hanging his quarterback Todd Collins out to dry with one of his remarks:

Collins finally had a pass land in the other team’s hands. When receiver Moss gave up on a route deep down the right sideline, Marcus Trufant easily hauled in the ball and returned it 78 yards for a score.

“I thought it was a dead play,” Moss said. “Then, all of a sudden I look up and the guy is catching it like a punt. You hate to be in a situation where the ball is coming and you don’t even know it.”

That changed the game from 21-14 with about five minutes left to 28-14, essentially giving it to Seattle. I can’t stand one teammate blaming another following a loss, much less when he’s the one who quit on a play. That’s like a double-negative, blaming a teammate and quitting on a play. I know you’re pissed your season just ended, but keep your mouth shut, Santana, and stop blaming others. Poor form Santana, poor form.

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