Denard Span endeared himself to the Lavar and Dukes audience Thursday when he shared that it only took him one weekend in D.C. to fall in love with the city.

Span – who came to D.C. in an offseason trade that sent pitching prospect Alex Meyer to the Twins – said Washington will be a welcomed change of pace from Minnesota.

“This is definitely going to be the first team that I’ve been on where the expectations are very high,” Span said.

He would add that no team he’s been on prior to 2013 has been built to win the way the Nationals roster currently is.

“I feel like we have three number one starters in our rotation,” Span said. “You brought in a guy like Dan Haren. I faced him a lot in Anaheim and to have him going as your fourth starter? That’s kind of unreal.”

And don’t think Span isn’t excited to fit into a centerfield cushioned by two former all stars; Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

“I know those guys are going to elevate my game,” Span said. “I’ve got two all-stars. I’ve never been to an all-star game so that’s something I strive to do, and playing along guys like that is definitely going to push me.”

When put on the hot seat to give his opinion on Shanahan possibly leaving RGIII in the playoff game against Seattle too long, Span showed trepidation; gentle with his words so as to not paint himself into a corner.

“Hindsight, it didn’t look good,” Span answered. “In the heat of the moment, you’re trying to win a Super Bowl.”

But let down the retaining walls when asked what he would do if it was him.

“You’d have to drag me off the field in Game 7.”


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