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Ron Rivera reiterates his excitement for the 'pure competition' between Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen

Ron Rivera reiterates his excitement for the 'pure competition' between Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen

Ron Rivera's been given plenty of chances this offseason to fully crown Dwayne Haskins as the franchise's starting quarterback — and he continues to brush them aside.

There have been, without a doubt, real signs of Rivera's belief in Haskins. The coach himself has explained that he didn't make a move to draft a passer in April and bypassed on bringing in Cam Newton because of what he sees in the second-year pro. There was also his March appearance on a Charlotte radio station where Rivera told the hosts he'd be going into camp "believing that" Haskins is the top option.

But none of those examples were definitive, slam-the-door-on-any-other-outcome statements. Neither was what Rivera discussed during a Tuesday Zoom call with reporters when a potential battle between Haskins and Kyle Allen was brought up once more.

"Again, I still think it's a competition," Rivera said. "We'll have a longer period of time than I anticipated to get ready to roll. So, again, this is going to be pure competition. I like the fact that we've got a good group of guys that will push one another."

At some point, Alex Smith could enter this conversation, but with the Washington Football Team slowly starting up training camp, the "pure competition" will be between the in-house Haskins and the recently-traded-for-Allen. 

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Taking a big-picture view, as long as Haskins carries over a promising past few months onto the fields in Ashburn, he should absolutely earn the starting role. While Allen has accomplished more when looking at each of their brief NFL careers, Haskins appears to have far more tools and the potential to become something pretty special. Allen, on the other hand, has the makings of a very reliable backup.

The one advantage Allen has, however, is that Rivera and Scott Turner already really know him, and he already really knows their scheme. Remember, too, that Rivera made sure to point out how Allen could "have a leg up" in any sort of altered camp scenario. Overall, the staff is clearly very comfortable with the thought of relying on the ex-Panther. 

Now, how will Rivera look to settle this competition? He acknowledged that the lack of preseason will make that task more difficult but still far from impossible.

"I think the big thing, more so than anything else, it's going to be about how each guy develops over the period of time," he said. "We're going to have to try and create as many game-like situations in our practices as possible so we can get a good evaluation on our quarterbacks."

It's still expected that the "good evaluation" will lead to Haskins (finally) being placed at the No. 1 spot of the depth chart. Rivera's obviously not ready to do that yet, though, so no one else should be, either. 

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Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Washington linebackers Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster are at two very different points in their respective NFL careers.

The former is entering his 15th NFL season and is on the tail-end of an incredible career, while the latter is still trying to find his place in the NFL. The two are separated by 11 years in age.

Yet, both linebackers are expected to have significant roles in Washington's defense come this fall, a team they have yet to play a snap for. In a Zoom conference call with local media on Friday, Davis shared his excitement for what Foster has the chance to bring to Washington's defense.

"Reuben is a physical specimen," Davis said. "I was telling somebody the other day you have people who are born to play a position. When you look at Reuben, he’s one of those guys. I feel like he was born to play the linebacker spot."

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It's been a long and windy road -- both on and off the field -- for Foster since Washington claimed him off of waivers in November of 2018.

Foster was released two years ago by San Francisco after two separate domestic violence accusations. Washington claimed the linebacker, yet he would not play for the team at all that season after immediately landing on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Later that year, Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony on the first incident, and charges were dropped on the second. The linebacker got clearance from the NFL to play shortly after.

Foster returned to the field for OTAs in 2019, but his first practice with his new team ended rather quickly. On just the third snap of the session, Foster suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury, tearing multiple ligaments. His recovery took longer than usual, as he lost feeling in his toes in January -- months after the surgery. 

Earlier this week, Foster was removed from the active/PUP list and placed on the team's active roster, 21 months after he was originally claimed by Washington and 15 months after his devastating injury. Foster spoke with reporters shortly after Davis did on Friday, and opened up about his life from the past year and a half.

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If there's someone who can relate to Foster's rehab process, it's Davis. Over a 23-month span from 2009-2011, Davis suffered three (!!) separate ACL tears.

Yet, Davis bounced back from those injuries in tremendous fashion. Since returning from the final ACL tear in 2012, Davis has been extremely durable. Over that span, he's earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named to the NFL's All-Pro squad in 2015. Even at age 36, Davis racked up 112 tackles for the Chargers last season.

"Just seeing [Foster] make progress each and every day has truly been special," Davis said. "As a guy who has his own rehab story, to see Reuben being able to do the things he’s doing day in and day out, I’m extremely impressed and I’m excited for him."

With so many twists and turns in his young NFL career, Foster has finally reached the point where he can make football his top priority.

And now in Washington, he has someone he can look up to as a mentor in Davis.

“I try to talk to Reuben as much as I possibly can," Davis said. "Reuben, he’s excited, man. He’s energetic, he’s up-tempo. He’s always just ready to get back on the field as much as he possibly can when he was that opportunity. He’s just out there working hard and we’re just trying to constantly encourage him to continue to fight, continue to work and just let the chips fall where they may at the end of the day."

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SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

Another day, another Washington Redwolves concept. 

Except this time, we may have found a winner. 

On Friday afternoon, an unaffiliated team account, @WashRedwolves posted a concept by Raymond Santiago that combines the classic Burgandy & Gold color scheme with the highly requested Redwolves logo.

Take a look:

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As you can see nothing really changed from the team's current uniform, just the Redwolves logo rather than the numbers they're currently rocking.

And that's absolutely fine. 

Because the team seems to be committed to keeping the identity intact as much as possible post-name change, less would serve as more. 

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