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Why it was a 'no brainer' for Sean Davis to sign with Redskins and join Landon Collins

Why it was a 'no brainer' for Sean Davis to sign with Redskins and join Landon Collins

Sean Davis spent his first four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he always stayed up to date on the happenings of one other team. 

That would be the Washington Redskins, the safety's favorite team growing up. Davis grew up in Prince George's County, just a 20-minute drive from FedEx Field, where the Redskins play their home games. He stayed local for college, starring for the University of Maryland. When he was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2016, it was Davis' first time leaving the DMV area.

Davis became a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason, and the Redskins had a much-needed hole to fill at free safety. So when the opportunity came up for Davis to sign with him hometown team, the safety was not going to pass the chance.

"It was a no brainer, honestly," Davis said on a conference call Wednesday. "The opportunity to come home and play for the Redskins, it was a no brainer. It was a really easy decision. Just glad to be a part of the organization."

The chance to play for his hometown team certainly played a role in Davis' decision to sign with the Burgundy and Gold, it was not the only reason by any means.

Davis fits nicely within the Redskins defense, and has experience playing multiple positions in the secondary. The safety is extremely versatile, a trait that new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has prioritized with many of the team's free agent signings.

"I just like being on the field," Davis said. "I feel like I can play any position you really want me to. If I'm on the field, I feel like I'm going to make an impact on the defense."

In Pittsburgh, he did just that. As a rookie, Davis played a little bit of cornerback and both safety positions. He was the Steelers full-time starting strong safety in 2017 before moving to free safety in 2018.

Davis feels that his experience playing multiple positions, similar to new Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller, allows him to understand the defense better as a whole.

"Just bouncing around, I feel like it's evolved my game," Davis said. "[It] gave me a better understanding of the defense and how all the positions work together and how we feed off each other."

While the 26-year-old admitted he does feel more comfortable playing closer to the line of scrimmage, he cited his range, speed, and athletic abilities as the reason he's able to be successful at the free safety spot. 

Davis will be asked to play free safety with the Redskins, pairing on the backend with highly-talented safety Landon Collins, whom the Redskins inked to a lucrative six-year deal last offseason. Sticking at free safety is something Davis is excited about.

"I'm looking forward to being the deep guy, being the one that everyone has to depend on, be the last man of defense," Davis said. "[Moving to] free safety two years ago, that really helped my game and my overall skill set."

The Maryland product mentioned that tackling is something he prides himself on, and a sure-tackler is something the Redskins defense will highly benefit from.

"Open-field tackling, that's one of the hardest things in football," Davis said. "That's one thing I pride myself on. Each year, I've missed less tackles. So I'm just looking forward to improving my game each and every year. The best is yet to come."

The new Redskins safety duo has yet to meet in person, but Davis is eager to get to work with his new partner on the backend of the defense.  Although Collins is expected to play closer to the line of scrimmage with Davis as the last line of defense, both of them have experience at each safety position. The duo's versatility is something Davis thinks will benefit the Redskins greatly in 2020.

"Defenses are evolving, and we have to be able to play both safety [positions]," Davis said. "Being versatile is another thing that helps us. I'm looking forward to meeting Landon and working with him."

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Report: NFL teams must hold training camp at own facilities amid coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL teams must hold training camp at own facilities amid coronavirus pandemic

If and when training camp begins as scheduled in late July, the Redskins will not be traveling to their usual camp location in Richmond.

The NFL has informed clubs on Tuesday that all training camps will be held at each team's respective facility due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

ESPN's Todd Archer was first to break the news, reporting that the Dallas Cowboys will not be headed to their typical training camp location in Oxnard, California.

Besides the Cowboys, the Panthers, Raiders and Chiefs are among the several NFL teams that hold their annual camp at an offsite location, too. 

Washington has held its training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond since 2013. Prior to that, the Redskins had hosted training camp at their Ashburn facilities form 2003-2012.

While the pandemic has prevented all in-person offseason activities, the NFL has yet to determine whether training camp and the regular season will begin as planned. Training camps across the league are expected to open in mid-to-late July.

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One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

No one will look at the Redskins' quarterback situation and call it superb or even settled, but with a slimmer and more experienced Dwayne Haskins positioned as starter and ex-Panthers signal caller Kyle Allen reuniting with his old staff as depth, fans can at least reasonably hope that things will work out under center in 2020.

NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris, though, doesn't envision a positive outcome for Washington's passers this year. During an interview on the Redskins Talk podcast, he explained why.

First, Norris gave his opinion on Allen. When the Burgundy and Gold initially acquired the former Carolina QB, some asserted that Allen would actually beat out Haskins for the top job. Norris, however, flat out doesn't believe Allen has that kind of talent.

"My lowest moment of 2019 was that two-month span where people tried to make Kyle Allen a starter in the NFL," Norris told Redskins Talk. "It was bogus. It was so ridiculous."

"I understand the production was there and he went on some starting streaks and they won some games," he continued. "But he's at best an NFL backup."

In the end, Norris compared Allen to Colt McCoy. Yes, most rosters need someone like McCoy — hell, he just left the area after a six-year run with the franchise and he's now a Giant, so he's clearly valued — but those kinds of guys aren't the ones coaches want running their offenses for more than a few quarters or so.

Now, here's the part where it gets dispiriting: While Norris doesn't think much of Allen — in addition to the McCoy comparison, Norris labeled Allen inaccurate and too susceptible to pocket pressure — he still expects him to start for team in 2020. That stems from Norris also doubting what Haskins will be able to do in his second season as a pro.

"We still don't know who he is," Norris said of the 2019 first-round pick.

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Yes, Haskins improved as a rookie in a situation that was largely a catastrophe, so it's not crazy to conclude he should continue to ascend now that the organization is more settled. Norris himself acknowledged the growth Haskins made.

However, even with that maturation, as well as Norris' positive feelings about Ron Rivera, Scott Turner and many other aspects of Washington's potential turnaround, the analyst still sees a glaring weakness that'll directly affect Haskins and could contribute to a less-than-stellar campaign for No. 7.

"What is possibly the most important part of quarterback success is offensive line play, and I think it's fair to question the Washington Redskins' offensive line right now, especially the left tackle spot," Norris said.

In the end, Norris anticipates Haskins having issues for a certain number of weeks, Allen stepping in after and the Redskins overall being unhappy with their collective output at QB. 

"We've seen NFL storylines repeat themselves," he said. "A [staff] goes to a new organization and brings a quarterback that may not be starting caliber but understands exactly what they want to do and he ultimately ends up starting a handful of games because of that, because they want to stabilize the situation as much as possible."

How stable does that really sound? The answer, of course, is not at all. 

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