Redskins tight end Vernon Davis continues to fall in love with the game of football, thanks to the "energy" he's getting from his teammates in training camp.
For anyone who's been to training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., they realize that the heat has been, and always will be, a major factor throughout the day.
If you ask Redskins tight end Vernon Davis to give his opinion on the oppressive heat that surrounds the city during the summer, he'll tell you it is rough, but it's actually something he and his teammates embrace, as they fight through it during each and every practice.
"This is a brutal environment right now with the humidity," Davis said on Friday. "If you can push through this you can push through anything. Sometimes you come out here and you feel the heat it's like, 'Ahh, I don't feel like doing it today. It's too hot.' We don't have guys on this team that are complaining. When you complain your mind starts to wander. You become a pessimist and you won't get your full day's work because you're thinking about the negative things and not the positive things. I can't say anything bad about this group because it's just a wonderful group of guys who just want to come here and work."
Davis knows the deal when it comes to the weather and how to deal with it being from Washington, D.C., native, so it's nothing new to him. Davis has taken to it well, and it's made the first few days of training camp pretty outstanding for him.
"It's been going really well and I'm excited to be here," Davis said. "This team is amazing, and a great group of guys, and being around them just brings the kid out of you. There [are] a lot of young guys on this team, and you need that, and it's great. Just the energy and camaraderie we're able to build, and continue to mold ourselves as a team and work together."
Davis may be one of the most experienced players on Washington's roster, but he's not taking an old man's approach to his job. Davis has actually dipped even further into the fountain of youth this offseason in being around so many young players.
Check out images of tight end Vernon Davis during his first few months with the Washington Redskins.
"[It's] about cultivating a relationship with them," Davis said. "Just spending time, and over time as you continue to indulge, and grow with your teammates, you continue to grow, and fall in love with football over and over again, and after a while you just find yourself doing things you didn't know you could do."
After Friday's practice, Davis spent time working with a JUGS machine, which hurled footballs in his direction about as fast as quarterback Kirk Cousins could throw it at him.
Davis says those extra reps he puts in after a two-hour practice is beneficial for the progress he continues to make with his new team.
"It helps," Davis said. "It's like Steph Curry or LeBron James shooting three pointers, right? As receivers, I always tell the younger guys that it's the same thing. You come out here, and catch from different angles, and different positions, and you're turning your body, and working on that three pointer. You're working on a great habit. You always work on that habit that you can learn from and grow."