Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Countdown To Camp: RG3 Adjusting To The NFL

Training camp starts in a few days, marking the third year of the Shanahan era. With each new training camp comes a new batch of questions regarding the team.  As training camp approaches, we will examine some of these questions.
How Will RG3 Adjust To The NFL?

The comparisons of RG3 to Cam Newton and Michael Vick have both been scrutinized, mostly because RG3's collegiate passing numbers put him above both Vick and Newton as a passer. But there is still an expectation that RG3 will be using his feet frequently in addition to his arm like the other 2 QBs.

The rookie proved in college he can pass, and according to reports, he has taken to his first NFL playbook like a fish to water. Externally, he’ll be dealing with a less-than-stellar offensive line and receiving corps, both of which could seriously hinder his development.

Additionally, no defense he’s seen in the Big 12 will compare to what he’s about to see in the NFL.

The adjustment factor from college to pro is never easy, and after the stellar rookie performances of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton last season, the expectations in one of the NFL’s largest market’s will be brutal. It’s safe to say that Mike Shanahan’s tenure in Washington could come to a bitter end if RG3 doesn’t show encouraging signs starting this season.

With all these concerns taken into context, the pressure on the rookie starter seems immense. The Heisman winner has already faced pressure in his young career, but none like what he’ll see this year in Washington. If RG3 turns out to be who Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan and Dan Snyder think he is, they’ve got a person who can handle everything being thrown at him.

Anything less could be disastrous and set the franchise back for years. “No pressure no diamonds” indeed.

--Written By Kirk B.--

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