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Joe Theismann wants to talk to Dwayne Haskins but 'not opposed' to him wearing No. 7

Joe Theismann wants to talk to Dwayne Haskins but 'not opposed' to him wearing No. 7

Minutes after the Washington Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, legendary quarterback Joe Theismann welcomed him to the club.

Specifically, the Super Bowl champ highlighted the fact that he and Haskins — a former Ohio State quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist — both wear No. 7. And it made fans wonder if Theismann would give Haskins the go-ahead to wear the number for the Burgundy and Gold.

Theismann joined Monday’s episode of Redskins Talk with JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler, Pete Hailey and Ben Standig, and our crew asked him if that tweet meant he was giving Haskins permission to be the first player after him to wear No. 7.

“I’m anxious to sit down and talk to Dwayne about that,” Theismann said on Redskins Talk.

“I’m not opposed to it. I’m not saying yes yet, but I really want to sit down and talk to the young man and get a chance to meet him. I know he’s reached out and said he wants to ask me, so as early as I can get back into town and be able to set up an opportunity when he gets into town to be able to sit down and talk to him about it.”

Theismann also noted that he wore other numbers throughout his playing career, but he’s obviously mostly associated with No. 7, which he wore during his 12 seasons in Washington and for the team’s Super Bowl XVII win.

He continued to explain why he wants to get to know Haskins before saying it’s OK for him to wear the number, which has sort of been unofficially retired.

“It’s what’s inside the jersey that makes a big difference,” Theismann said. “I’ve been very honored to have the Washington Redskins not have it issued to anyone over 30-plus years, and this is the first 7 that we’ve had come along, I think.

“So I really wanna sit down and have a visit with him and talk to him about it and then we’ll sort of decide going forward.”

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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