• Michael Marzzacco

Washington Football Team embarks on new era

It's a new season and a new vibe in Ashburn as the Washington Football Team gears up for a season they hope to improve on from three wins last year. Enter Ron Rivera, a proven veteran head coach from the Carolina Panthers, to change the culture and actually make it 'damn good'.

Dwayne Haskins enters his second year under center and he was named the Week One starter and captain against the Philadelphia Eagles. Last season Haskins had a 58.6 completion percentage and threw seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He talked about the impact his coach had on him after the team practiced at FedEx Field.

“I just think that Ron has done a great job with me just with attention to detail and self-awareness. I’m just trying to be a leader on this football team and he’s done a great job of just being very hands-on in my development. I appreciate him a lot for that," said Haskins.

Haskins will have a solid weapon beside him. Terry McLaurin aka Scary Terry looks to make a splash after 58 receptions for 919 yards his rookie year. Like Haskins, McLaurin also scored seven touchdowns and made some big plays. The two hope to connect a lot.

“Dwayne’s been great. Ever from the second that we were able to start working with the players, he’s attacked this thing full steam ahead. Even before that, before we were allowed to do that, he was in here rehabbing and everything like that. We told him to focus on himself physically, obviously because we couldn’t be around him because of the quarantine and everything. He did that," said offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

Perhaps the biggest strength of the Washington Football Team will be their defense. Upfront will be Da'Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen along with newcomer Chase Young. Payne has seven sacks in his career and had 56 tackles both seasons. Allen has 15 sacks in his career and looks to lead the defense and show the way for Young. The Washington Football Team drafted Young at second overall from Ohio State in the draft this year and he looks to be one of the next big stars in D.C. Sports.

"It was so good just knowing I'm about 12 minutes away from my house. It feels good that I can just come back and play where I'm from," said Young. "It just feels good. It's been a long time coming."

It all begins this Sunday inside an empty FedEx Field against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Keep it locked on All-Pro Reels where we'll bring coverage of the Washington Football Team to you.

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