Tight end Vernon Davis is finally home and believes the Redskins have both the talent and the camaraderie to have a memorable 2016 campaign.
Like a kid on Christmas morning, Vernon Davis was ready to start playing for the city in which he grew up and spent his entire childhood.
"To be back here and see all of the change that has happened in the Washington D.C. area is unbelievable," Davis said after the second day of Redskins OTAs. "This is an amazing place to be and an amazing place to live. I'm just excited to be here and experience such a wonderful opportunity."
In fact he was so excited that he "tweaked" his groin on Tuesday, which prevented him participating in team drills the next day. After practice he said that he came out to the field way too excited and didn't warm up as much as he should have, causing the small pull.
The injury isn't a concern, however, as he was adamant that he will be back in shape by the weekend and certainly by next week. As far as Wednesday, he did a lot of one-on-one drills, working mostly on his hand-eye coordination and making sure it's up to speed.
In the meantime, Davis has been getting acclimated to the new team and has loved getting to know everyone.
"I think it is one of the best locker rooms I have ever been in," Davis said after OTAs on Wednesday. "The coaching staff, the player, and upper management, everyone is fantastic. I look forward to playing for these guys and with these guys. We don't have a lot of guys here that are cocky or conceded. We don't have that. There's a lot of camaraderie and synergy within this group. I'm elated to be here and experience this."
Davis got very excited during practice seeing all the attention Jordan Reed was receiving from Trent Williams, and said he was licking his lips in anticipation of being part of the tight end-friendly offense. Not only does he still have speed and pass-catching ability, but Davis' addition could be very important in enabling the offense to free Reed up more.
Check out images from the Washington Redskins' offense during their third day of OTAs at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
You know, the competition of Vernon [Davis] is very strong at the point of attack…but you know I think we have some wide tight ends…core blocking tight ends that can compete: Logan, Vernon, Niles," head coach Jay Gruden said. "They can all do it. Jordan [Reed] can still block at the point of attack. He's getting better at it. He can be more of a move guy. Niles can be a move guy, so we have a lot of versatility at tight end which is exciting."
In other words, Davis gives the Redskins another tight end who can handle the in-line duties, someone adept at blocking. Reed, while being a decent blocker is not the biggest tight end at 6-foot-2, 237 pounds. Davis, meanwhile, is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. This will help in preventing Reed—who is already very injury prone—from injury prone situations.
"I think Jordan Reed runs routes better than the best wide receiver in the league," Davis said. "Watching him, I was in awe. I think it's great because I'm actually lined beside someone that I can actually learn from in so many different ways. He's great guy, and a hard worker."
Reed has learned from Davis, too.
"He taught me a couple things in the running game and things like that and some over the top stuff I can use in my own game," Reed said. "It's going to be great learning more from him and being around him more."
If a 10-year veteran, who has won a Super Bowl, can still learn from someone younger, then you can understand his excitement to be in Washington. Now, Davis will just need to channel it into warming up on the field a little longer.