If you're a young professional football player, it's easy to convince yourself that the team you've just joined has a strong chemistry and great desire to win. But new Redskins tight end Vernon Davis has been in the league since 2006, has been to a Super Bowl. He knows what kind of team he's joining in Washington and isn't disillusioned.
"I feel like this team will go as far as they would like," Davis said on "Redskins Nation". "It's predicated on how much time and energy we're willing to put in to get better. That's what it's going to boil down, how well we're able to go out there and execute and practice and work together to build that synergy that we need in order to win games."
Davis believes there's a great vibe after just a couple days at Redskins Park as he learns the ins and outs of living in Loudoun County, Va.
"The synergy is there," he said. "Guys come into work and they're all about getting better. I knew once I walked into this building that I was walking into a place where players wanted to get better, the organization, the coaches wanted to win, so I knew it was the right place for me."
Davis is nearing the end of his career but knows the talent on the Redskins is there to make another run. He watched Washington's progression last year making the playoffs, he said, and saw the potential in the culture that had been established.
"I said this is a team that's going to be dynamic, this is a team [that] has tons of talent," he said. "They may be missing a few components during that time last year, but I know during the offseason they would make some offseason acquisitions and it will continue to get better."
And, it's just nice to be home. The Washington, D.C. native has already received a home-cooked meal from his grandma, including chicken and turkey, collard greens, green beans and yams.
"Thank you grandmother, thank you thank you," he said. "I appreciate it."