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Can Alex Smith Overcome Past Failures and Lead the Redskins to the Promise Land?

Alex Smith is a scarred player, Vernon Davis said. The 12-year veteran tight end meant that as a good thing, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports.

“He’s playing at a totally different level than he’s ever played,” Davis said Saturday at the fifth annual White Party, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

The newest Redskins quarterback has seen the good, the bad and the ugly during the first 13 years of his career. There were enormous expectations as the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, but Smith never seemed to get fully settled in with San Francisco. He played under three coaches and six coordinators in seven years with the 49ers and, when the team reached the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, Smith watched from the bench as Colin Kaepernick directed the offense.

The organization then handed the keys to Kaepernick and traded Smith to Kansas City, where he played five seasons before he was dealt to Washington and replaced by Patrick Mahomes.

Davis, who was a teammate of Smith’s in San Francisco from 2006-12, believes all those trials and tribulations have prepared Smith for this moment.

“You can tell by an individuals’ scars, right?” Davis explained. “Based on their scars, that’s how they’re able to be successful. That’s why they’re successful, based on the scars that they have. Alex has been through so much. So many ups and downs. So many scars. So many offensive coordinators. Being traded from San Francisco. A lot of scars. The reason he’s successful is not by accident. It’s supposed to be. It’s inevitable.”

It cost the Redskins quite a bit to go out and get Smith, so having him come in and have any sort of issues upstairs is a major stumbling block that he’s got to come over.

We will see if Davis is right and Smith can get right and help the team get moving in the right direction in 2018.


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