Haskins has 'one of the strongest arms' Vernon Davis has ever seen

Ben Krimmel
May 31, 2019 - 12:42 pm

Add another name to the list, Redskins fans.

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis can now be counted among the people singing the praises of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

"Dwayne looks amazing, he looks great, he has a lot of potential," Davis told The Sports Junkies Friday. "He's still working through everything, just learning the offense, learning the scheme and trying to just put everything together like he did in college. So he's just working through it right now. He's a rookie, it's to be expected, but he looks phenomenal."

When asked by one of The Junks what specifically jumped out to him about Haskins, the veteran tight end didn't hesitate to think about his answer.

"The kid can spin it, man," Davis said.

"He can throw, he can really throw. When you watch him throw the velocity on the ball... Sometimes when (guys) throw, the ball can, it starts to, I want to say, descends a little bit. But when (Haskins) throws it's on a straight line consistently. It's just amazing to see him throw the ball. The way his arm is so strong, he probably has one of the strongest arms I've ever seen." 

Davis went on to say he thinks Haskins is doing a great job handling all the information being thrown at him during Redskins OTAs. 

"He's very intelligent. He has a lot of enthusiasm when it comes to football and he seems to be very focused. And that's the first thing I noticed about him, he's focused and he just works. He just comes to work," Davis told 106.7 The Fan.

Earlier this week, former Redskins executive and NFL analyst Louis Riddick also praised Haskins football intellect, saying it was something that jumped out to him.

"You can recognize that kind of thing in a quarterback just based on the decisions that he makes on the football field in crucial situations, the ability to recognize front, coverage, put the ball where it needs to be put from a decision-making process," Riddick told ESPN's John Keim. "He was one of those kinds of guys, who even in the course of a game where things weren't going well for him, he eventually figured it out which takes a degree of football intelligence and a high degree of football character. And that's what attracted me to him even more so than his outright physical ability, which when you watch it, is I believe, spectacular." 

After The Junks asked Davis about Alex Smith's recovery from injury, he confirmed Smith was still wearing the external fixator but the quarterback is "doing really well."

"He's in and out of the building. Had an opportunity to see him, he had the biggest smile on his face that I've ever seen. So that tells me he's in a good mood, he's in a good place in his life," Davis said.

Haskins wasn't the only young player to get special praise from the veteran, Davis said running back Derrius Guice, who lost his rookie season to a knee injury, is "talented."

"I can't wait to see him out there this year, I'm a big fan of Guice. I just want to see him do well because he's a hard worker. He comes in with a great attitude, just wants to play ball," Davis said. "He had a little setback with the injury but he's where he was when he first came in (last year)." 

Speaking of players who haven't lost a step from their rookie year, when asked how fast his 40-yard dash time would be now, Davis, who is entering his 14th NFL season, said, "I'll give you a 4.3 all day."

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