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Osi Umenyiora, who said Redskins' rookie Robert Griffin III would have to earn his "RGIII" nickname, is now speaking with the utmost respect for the NFC East's most explosive new player.
Week 7 will be the first time the Giants get a look at the new dynamic quarterback in their division, the Redskins' Robert Griffin III. Through the first six weeks of the season, RGIII has arguably been the most exciting player in the NFL. His performance has changed the initial perception of Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who refused to call him by the moniker "RGIII" in the offseason. Umenyiora instead opted to call him "Bob," stating he would need to earn the high-profile shorthand nickname in the NFL.
Now, Umenyiora is referring to the rookie with a title of respect, earned through the first six weeks of his NFL career. "Sir. His name is Sir Robert Griffin," Umenyiora said. "That's what I refer to him now." Umenyiora, who said Griffin has "earned whatever he wants to be called," said that the Redskins will present New York's defense with the kind of option look that they've never seen before. The veteran pass rusher extolled the dual threat skills of the Skins quarterback, differentiating Griffin's supreme skills from the running ability of San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick that they had to plan for last week.
The outspoken veteran is not providing any bulletin board material for Griffin. Umenyiora is hoping "Sir RGIII" doesn't scramble his way too often on Sunday. "I hope he doesn't come to my side," he said. "Hopefully, they'll be able to go somewhere else because I don't want any part of that. He's just a phenomenal football player and they're a good team and we've definitely got our work cut out for us. "
While Griffin III presents a new challenge for the Giants, Perry Fewell's defense will also likely apply more pressure than he's seen at the start of his young career. It will definitely be a strength-on-strength matchup.