Antrel Rolle, Osi Umenyiora say RGIII will be a handful

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates with

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates with fans after a 76-yard touchdown run during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings. (Oct. 14, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The comparisons between Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III are natural. They're also wrong, says Antrel Rolle.

Although he has not studied the Redskins' rookie quarterback, Rolle said the little he has seen of him separates him from Vick, a quarterback whom the Giants have faced often in recent years.

"Of course they're different," Rolle said on WFAN Tuesday. "They're two totally different quarterbacks and their game, as far as their offensive approach, is extremely different. RGIII, we know that he can run the ball. I think he runs the ball a lot more than Michael Vick . . . He has a very strong arm. I think he's an all-around quarterback and he's only getting better with time."

Osi Umenyiora, on ESPN Radio, said Griffin is the fastest QB the Giants have faced. "I actually stopped by the facility and watched some tape of him and I was like, 'Wow, this guy is an amazing talent,' " Umenyiora said. "It's going to be a big test to keep him under control."

That's a turnaround for Umenyiora, who earlier this season said he would call Griffin "Bob" until he earned his nickname of "RGIII" in the NFL.

Rolle said he'll call him RGIII because that's what everyone else does. "I just call him whatever I hear," Rolle said. "Maybe after the game, we'll see, maybe he'll go back to the name Bob. I don't know. Maybe he'll be RGIII. Who knows. We just want to go out there and play an effective game. Whatever his name is, it is. Hopefully they won't be calling his name too much during the game."

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Giant steps

Victor Cruz said on WFAN he had treatment on his sore knee but is fine. "I'm feeling good," he said. "I landed a little awkward on my knee." . . . Sunday's win was Tom Coughlin's 78th in the regular season as Giants coach, passing Bill Parcells for second in franchise history. Steve Owen has 153.

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