What do you think would be better: being a highly-touted NFL quarterback or a superhero? Well for Dwayne Haskins, he can now say he is both of those things...kind of.
In a recent collaboration between ESPN and Marvel, comic book-inspired designs were created for some of the NFL prospects in this year's draft. Recreating the debut comics of some of the world's most famous superheroes, the pieces were made for five different players preparing to begin their journeys in pro football. One of them was none other than the Redskins first-year passer.
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Brian Burns and DK Metcalf all got covers as well, starring as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and Luke Cage, respectively.
Haskins' cover mimics that of Thor's first modern appearance into the comic book universe, which happened back in 1952. Coming from someone who's had his fair share of Marvel obsessions over the years, the idea is great. It seems as if Haskins agrees.
For the Redskins, they can only hope that he becomes the Thor of the NFL. If Haskins can sling the ball around the field anywhere close to how well Thor can sling his hammer, Washington will be in good shape.
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Besides the quarterback competition between Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, one of the biggest storylines from Redskins training camp will be whether the team and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff can agree on a contract extension before the start of the 2019 season.
On Monday, a report came out from 106.7 The Fan's Erin Hawksworth that Scherff has been offered multiple contract extensions from the Redskins, but "the two sides are far apart."
Scherff is entering the 2019 season on the last year of his rookie deal and set to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
The fifth-year guard will make a base salary of $12.5 million in 2019 after the Redskins picked up his fifth-year option a year ago as part of his rookie deal.
Should Scherff hit the open market, he will be a hot commodity.
He may not receive a contract as big as Cowboys' guard Zack Martin did, but expect him to command close to top-market money. Martin received a six-year, $84 million deal in 2018 with $40 million guaranteed. A contract extension for Scherff could look something like the five-year, $66.5 million deal Jaguars' guard Andrew Norwell signed in 2018.
Besides tackle Trent Williams, Scherff is without a doubt the most important piece to the Redskins offensive line. With Williams currently holding out, Scherff's presence on the offensive line is even more important.
Scherff missed eight games a season ago with a torn pectoral muscle, and his absence was very visible.
One thing is for certain: if the Redskins are not willing to pay Scherff top-market money, barring something unexpected, he will certainly get it somewhere else. And no Redskins fan wants that.
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It's been a long road to recovery for Redskins quarterback Alex Smith after suffering a gruesome leg injury against the Houston Texans last November.
Following the original break, Smith's injury became infected, requiring more surgery and for him to wear an external fixator on his injured leg, a large metal, circular device that ran from his knee down to his foot with metal screws to hold bones in place.
Smith had been wearing the fixator for the past eight months, but on Monday, the brace was finally removed. Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted on her Instagram account a picture of Smith holding the recently removed metal device.
"The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy," Elizabeth Smith wrote on her Instagram. "Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched."
This is a major step in Smith's recovery process, as he still hopes to play football again.
"That's the plan," Smith said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay of returning to the field. "I got to conquer some more steps before I get there."
But first, he must learn how to run and change direction again.
Earlier this summer, Smith was seen throwing passes at Redskins OTAs. He most certainly won't play in 2020, and his future on Washington has a lot to do with the success of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Washington's first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
While Smith won't help the Redskins on the field, don't be surprised if Smith has a positive role in the development of Haskins. A team captain in 2018, many of his teammates have praised Smith of the leadership he displayed a season ago.
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