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When the Redskins drafted Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the team added another playmaker for its young quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

But Gandy-Golden is a man of many talents - and apparently with the ability to learn new skills quickly. He can complete a Rubik's cube in 44 seconds, he's bowled a perfect game, he does gymnastics, can throw a football from his knees and hit the crossbar, among other impressive feats. 

Simply put, Gandy-Golden is a fast learner — a skill that will bode well in what will be a significantly-altered leadup to the season for the league's newest rookie class. 

"For me, you know, I like to be in competition. And with those things, I like to be in competition with myself," Gandy-Golden said in an interview during the Redskins on the Clock show. "It's just a lot of fun, just picking up new things."

Gandy-Golden was the second offensive weapon Ron Rivera and company brought into the mix for Haskins, joining third-round pick Antonio Gibson — a receiver-running back hybrid from Memphis.

Those two prospects bring different skills to the table. Gibson is expected to be a do-it-all player that offensive coordinator Scott Turner can deploy in a number of ways. Meanwhile, Gandy-Golden is a physical, 6-foot-4 receiver who can beat defenses with his separation at the top of the route and ability to come down with contested catches.

 

"I'd say my game is physical. I feel like it's very polished as far as just my catching, you know, being able to get the ball through the defenders," Gandy-Golden said. "I definitely love Julio Jones and Larry Fitzgerald — those are two of my favorites receivers. I try to model my game after those guys."

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During his first two years at Liberty, the Flames played on the lower FCS level before moving up to the FBS ranks in 2018. Gandy-Golden was quick to pick up the game at the FBS level, recording 71 catches for 1,037 yards and 10 scores. He followed that up with 79 catches for 1,396 yards and 10 touchdowns in his senior campaign.

"I feel like I've gotten better every year. I attribute that to my coaches," Gandy-Golden said. "I know going into the league, I'll have a lot of new coaches and they'll bring a lot of new things to my game that I can just add. I learn pretty fast, so I feel like as far as elevating, I feel like I can grow in every way."

One area that Gandy-Golden said he hopes to improve is his releases from the line of scrimmage where he wants to create more separation from the outset of the play. NBC Sports Washington analyst and former Redskins receiver Santana Moss offered words of advice during the interview and even offered to be a mentor going forward.

"Take your time, be patient and use an arsenal of releases. One of the things I learned early was to have six, seven, eight of them when I go to the line of scrimmage," Moss said. "If you ever need me or want to scream in my ear for questions, man, I'm here for you."

There should be little doubt that Gandy-Golden can learn that skill easily given his history of picking up activities and mastering them in a hurry. In addition to his acumen with the Rubik's cube and in bowling, the Georgia native also juggles, dances, takes pride in his art and raised farm animals in high school. 

His resume of skills is exhaustive. The Redskins didn't draft him based on his ability to do any of those things. But as one of the draft's most interesting individuals with a unique set of skills, Gandy-Golden has shown that he can pick up things on the fly — and the Redskins playbook is next on his agenda.

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