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Meet the new Redskins No. 89

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Meet the new Redskins No. 89

Walk through the stands of FedEx Field, and in the sea of Burgundy and Gold, one jersey appears quite often: No. 89. Santana Moss made the jersey famous for the Redskins, and this fall will mark the first time in 10 seasons he will not suit up for Washington.

A 15-year veteran receiver, Moss made many electric plays with the Redskins. Fans loved him, for both his speed, ability and a fun-loving attitude, including his famous first down finger point. He racked up more than 7,500 yards with the 'Skins and 47 touchdowns, none more famous than the pair of long bombs late in a Monday night game at Dallas to give the Redskins a miracle win.

And now he's gone. A stark reminder of life in the NFL, Moss only played in 10 games last season and GM Scot McCloughan made clear he would not be bringing the wideout back when he took over the team earlier this year. 

It may seem weird, but there is a new 89 at Redskins Park. Meet Devin Mahina, an undrafted tight end out of BYU.

"I've heard Santana Moss was a great receiver. It is an honor to wear his number," Mahina said after OTAs in Ashburn.

There is a strong chance 89 will go unworn come the regular season, as Mahina's prospects for making the team aren't great. The Redskins are deep at tight end, with Jordan Reed, Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen all basically assured to make the roster. Yet, with Reed working back from a knee injury, Mahina is making the most of the additional reps.

"I know about Santana, what an electrifying receiver he was," Mahina said. "I got other things to worry about. I'm starting from the bottom of the totem pole."

Growing up in California, Mahina didn't get to watch many Redskins games. Asked if it was any additional pressure wearing the number of such a fan favorite, the rookie was very composed.

"I can't live up to other people's expectations. I just got to go out here and do my thing, show that I can play."

And what about all the fans wearing 89 jerseys? Mahina hopes they will root for him now.

"It's all good." 

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Aaron Rodgers and Brooks Koepka, Kirk Cousins and Rickie Fowler and other QB/golfer comparisons

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Aaron Rodgers and Brooks Koepka, Kirk Cousins and Rickie Fowler and other QB/golfer comparisons

You may not immediately think quarterbacks and golfers have a lot in common, but the two types of athletes do share quite a few similarities.

They both look to rack up yardage. They both need to play their best on Sundays. And they both have to be as mentally sharp as they are physically in form.

So, with all that in mind (and, frankly, because Redskins training camp is still more than a month away), why not try to match up QBs with guys on the PGA Tour? 

FOR THE GALLERY FEATURING QB-TO-GOLFER COMPARISONS, CLICK HERE

That's the purpose of this NBCSportsWashington.com gallery, to pair up passers with golfers because of key traits they share. Who's the Patrick Mahomes on the links? Who's the Dustin Johnson of the NFL?

Those answers, and plenty more, lie in this list. So, go ahead and run through it, then head over to @PeteHaileyNBCS on Twitter to praise (or rip... yeah, most likely rip) the choices. No one will throw a flag or assess you a two-stroke penalty if you have some disagreements.  

FOR THE GALLERY FEATURING QB-TO-GOLFER COMPARISONS, CLICK HERE

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Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins reacts to winning Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year

Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins reacts to winning Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year

Ohio State named former quarterback Dwayne Haskins the 2019 Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, a few months after the Washington Redskins drafted Haskins in the first round. 

Washington drafted Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, after Haskins threw 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with Ohio State in the 2018 season, the first season he started for the Buckeyes.

Haskins also set 28 Ohio State and seven Big Ten records in his junior year with the Buckeyes, after which he was awarded the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award. 

Now Haskins vies for a spot as the Redskins' starting quarterback, after attending both Washington's voluntary organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. The rookie is one of three players––including Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, who is working back from injury––fighting for that spot in the starting lineup, as Washington prepares for the preseason.  

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