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Osi Umenyiora changes tune on 'Bob Griffin,' calls RG3 an 'amazing talent'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Back in July, before the hype surrounding Robert Griffin III became reality, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was asked about the Redskins' rookie quarterback.

At the time, he said that "Bob Griffin" needed to earn the "RG3" nickname. Umenyiora has since changed his tune and pretty drastically, too: Umenyiora said Tuesday that Griffin is an "amazing talent" and said he'll be a "problem ... for a long time."

"He's going to be a problem in this league for a long time," Umenyiora told ESPN radio. “We're going to have our work cut out for us. I actually stopped by the facility and saw some tape of him, and I was just like, 'Wow, this guy's an amazing talent.' It's going to be a big test for us to keep him under control."

Geez, Osi. Settle down, buddy. Although Umenyiora's flip-flop take on RG3 is actually pretty spot-on with the rest of the world. We thought Griffin would be really good, the hype got a little out of control. Now, it appears RG3 somehow wasn't hyped enough.

But you gotta think Griffin still remembers Umenyiora's dismissive remarks from the summer, right?

"Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?" Umenyiora said at the time. "You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL, we're gonna call him RG3. Right now, he's Bob Griffin."

"Bob" has since graduated to full-blown phenom status, thanks largely to his ridiculous 76-yard, game-sealing touchdown run against the Vikings last week. That run, which we timed at about 9 seconds, is the sort of thing that won't be forgotten quickly.

Griffin is often compared to Michael Vick, primarily because both quarterbacks are fast. (Logic!) But Griffin is much more dynamic (and much better this year). Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who recently won NFC Defensive Player of the Week, understands that and expects RG3 to "get better with time."

"RG3, as you know, he can run the ball. I think he runs the ball a lot more than Michael Vick," Rolle said. "I mean, he's a fast guy. He has a very, very strong arm and I think he's an all-around quarterback and he's going to get better with time."

The progression of Griffin in the NFL is going to be fun to watch. He has already made the Redskins must-see television -- there's no better proof of that than him garnering respect from veteran, Super Bowl-winning defenders on the Giants just six weeks into the season.

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