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Louis Riddick thinks Dwayne Haskins could have an 'absolutely fantastic, monstrous year' in 2020

Louis Riddick thinks Dwayne Haskins could have an 'absolutely fantastic, monstrous year' in 2020

Every quarterback in the NFL is going to have skeptics and Dwayne Haskins is no different, but many out there are at least beginning to allow themselves to feel moderate optimism for the Washington passer in 2020.

There's nothing "moderate" about the stance that ESPN analyst Louis Riddick is taking, however. In fact, even after dropping that modifier, "optimistic" still isn't strong enough on its own.

Here's what Riddick offered up about Haskins during an appearance on NFL Live, in what may be the most positive comments about the 23-year-old to come out this offseason.

"I expect Dwayne Haskins to have an absolutely fantastic, monstrous year, provided everything else around him stays intact, because he's earned it, he's worked for it this offseason," he said.

The way Haskins has attacked the months leading up to his second season is largely why Riddick is so upbeat when it comes to what the former first-rounder could do starting in September. 

"I think Dwayne has taken the perfect approach this offseason," Riddick said. "If you look at his social media, he basically chronicled his entire offseason as far as how hard he's been working, how much weight he has shed. He looks absolutely fantastic." 

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Another reason Riddick is feeling so saucy is due to what's currently going on around No. 7.

Much like the former NFL coach who explained that Haskins found himself in "one of the most f----- up situations you can ever be in," Riddick also came across appalled at what the franchise put the guy through as a rookie. 

"Dwayne couldn't have been put in a worse situation last year," he said. "We all know he was put in a situation last year where he could not succeed."

With Ron Rivera and Scott Turner now slated to work alongside Haskins, Riddick envisions them providing a "platform in which he can grow." He even believes that platform could help replicate what happened with another recent QB who initially floundered but then ascended very suddenly.

"I think he's going to have one of those types of years here in his second year, maybe very similar to how Jared Goff took off with Sean McVay [when he] got his hands on him in L.A. and everybody was like, 'Whoa, wait a minute, this isn't the guy we saw a year ago,'" Riddick said. "And that's because people forget context is important when you're talking about quarterbacks."

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Most Washington Football Team fans would likely be thrilled if Haskins continued along the path he started on toward the end of 2019, when he put together a few solid afternoons that proved he was learning.

Riddick's hopes, on the other hand, are obviously much higher. He doesn't necessarily see Haskins merely resuming his journey on that path; instead, it sounds like he's anticipating Haskins picking things up miles ahead of where he left them. That outcome would certainly do the organization a lot of good.

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."

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Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

The Washington Football team on Wednesday released an up close and personal look of all angles of their new helmets set to debut this season, and let’s just say they received the stamp of approval by many.

We’re not the only ones that stan a classic, crisp, clean look of the burgundy and gold. Big time D.C. sports fan and rapper Wale retweeted the reveal with the caption “We love to see”, confirmation that the award-winning singer is on board with the new vision. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also kept his reaction short and sweet with a GIF, followed by a “they look amazing” tweet.

On the other hand, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reacted by providing us with some bold predictions for the upcoming season. Ready for these hot takes? Florio’s first prediction is that “if Washington makes the playoffs in 2020, they'll remain the 'Washington Football Team' for at least two more years.” His second prediction reads “if they somehow make it to the Super Bowl (stranger things have happened), 'Washington Football Team' will become the new name.”

We don’t plan on ruling out any possibilities, but just know we have this one bookmarked. 

 

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