A big shakeup occurred inside the Washington Football Team locker room after news emerged that head coach Ron Rivera will be going with quarterback Kyle Allen to replace Dwayne Haskins in the starting lineup. The bigger story perhaps isn't that Haskins was benched, but how he was relegated to third-string behind Alex Smith. Smith is notably returning from a broken leg he suffered in 2018 that ended his season and subsequently threatened his life.
On Wednesday, TMZ ran into former Washington Football tight end, Vernon Davis, to get his thoughts on the quarterback carousel in the nation's capital.
"I think everything that happens to him [Dwayne Haskins] is for the good," Davis said. "It's just temporary, he can get right back in it."
"I think Haskins is a tremendous talent, he's up and coming, the next big thing," Davis continued. "I think it's just a matter of time for him. He can just sit back, see everything, then the next thing you know he'll be bigger than life."
Davis was specifically asked whether he believes Smith still has enough left in the tank to play in the NFL.
"I think he [Alex Smith] can definitely be an effective quarterback," Davis said. " He's the most resilient man I've ever met in my life, and I think if he continues to get better he can play for however long he wants until he's ready to hang it up."
Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen went on the record Thursday about his belief in Smith, regardless of the injury he's returning from, saying Smith is "more than healthy enough to take a hit."
While nobody knows if we'll actually see Smith play anytime soon, it's promising to hear so many respected voices vouch for his toughness at this point in his 15-year career.