Vick to RG3: 'You have to be cautious'

Vick to RG3: 'You have to be cautious'
September 4, 2013, 6:45 pm
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RG3 mentally prepared to face Philly

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, and Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III meet after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. Washington won 27-20.

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Michael Vick had some advice for Robert Griffin III on Wednesday, one mobile quarterback to another.

“What I’ve learned is that you have to be cautious because these guys in this league, they hit so hard and we only weigh 210, 215 pounds,” Vick said on a conference call with local reporters. “And these guys taking all types of angles on us and we don’t even see them sometimes. So it’s important for us to protect ourselves and be conscious of where we are on the field and, most importantly, understand how much we mean to our football team.”

But that’s easier said than done, Vick acknowledged. In fact, the 33-year-old veteran of 11 seasons and many serious injuries, said he’s still learning when to get down and not fight for that extra yard.

“It happens over time, and I can honestly tell you right now I didn’t learn it until this year,” said Vick, who suffered a concussion last season and missed six games. “This preseason was the most I’ve gotten down and slid and ran with a sense of getting down and not trying to score all the time. I think once you tell yourself that’s what you’re going to do, then you kind of ingrain it in your mind.”

Told of Vick’s comments, Griffin joked that he intends to begin protecting himself much sooner.

“Monday night,” Griffin said, asked when he’ll start sliding and getting out of bounds. “I mean, you guys have been talking to me about it for eight months. I think it’s ingrained in my head now. I’ll be getting down on Monday night.” 

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