Ryan Fitzpatrick was a fan of these two Washington playmakers before signing

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Fitzpatrick a fan of these two Washington playmakers before signing originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Burgundy and Gold fans are so eager to see how new Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can help bolster the team's receiving corps that one fan even created a Madden simulation of the veteran signal-caller throwing to fellow free-agency signing, Curtis Samuel

But what about the other offensive threats besides Samuel and captain Terry McLaurin? What does Fitzpatrick think about talented tight end Logan Thomas and one of the best young tailbacks in the league in Antonio Gibson? 

Still in the process of getting to know his new teammates, Fitzpatrick shared his excitement getting to know Thomas and Gibson on the latest Washington Football Talk podcast

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"I sent some video to Logan Thomas the other day. I saw him throw a dime in one of the games last year. I do remember him at Virginia Tech playing quarterback," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm excited to meet him."

That "dime" came on Thanksgiving last season, when Washington upended the Cowboys and Thomas found McLaurin on a well-executed trick play after taking the handoff from Alex Smith. 

Fitzpatrick, a Harvard alum, finding time to consume Virginia Tech college football games during the grueling NFL season just goes to show how much he loves the game. Thomas excelled at QB for the Hokies, compiling over 9,000 passing yards and 1,300 rushing yards from 2010-2013. 

That same football fandom continues today for Fitzpatrick, who continues to marvel at the young stars that show some promise and razzle-dazzle in their debut seasons. 

"And then Gibson, he really pops. Just watching football last year as a fan, it was 'who was this No. 24 dude? Holy smokes.' Every time he touched the ball it seemed like he was doing something special with it," Fitzpatrick said. 

The 38-year-old veteran knows that it's not just how he can mesh with talented offensive playmakers on the field that counts most, though. 

"I'm excited to get to know them on a deeper level, more of a human level," Fitzpatrick said. "To be able to establish some sort of personal relationship and hopefully it carries over to the field."