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Dwayne Haskins: The Future Is Now

The Present

The Washington Redskins are 1-8 and have already changed coaches this season. Firing Jay Gruden after losing the first five games of the 2019 season, naming Bill Callahan as the interim coach. This is not where the team wants to be at this point in the season. So, according to Bill Callahan, ” this is a good opportunity for him (Dwayne Haskins) to take advantage of every rep so we can see growth in his play.”

Dwayne Haskins made his first career start November 3rd, against the Buffalo Bills. His numbers were not spectacular, 15-22 for 144 yards. However, he did enough well to warrant keeping him in the lineup as the starter. He joins Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones as the first-round rookies solidifying starting jobs.

The original plan involved letting Dewayne Haskins evolve slowly. The team did not want to rush him into the lineup. That plan derailed due to many contributing factors. Case Keenum struggled to learn the new offense. The team lost key players. Colt McCoy had issues recovering from a broken leg in December. Furthermore, the team kept losing. So, ready or not, it’s time to see what the Redskins have with their first-round pick.

The Past

Dwayne Haskins, the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft, has all the accolades a college athlete needs coming into the NFL. His 2018 season at Ohio St. is one for the record books. His 50 touchdowns are the Ohio St. and Big Ten single-season record. Haskins finished the season with 4,831 yards, also school and conference season records. He threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns in the Big Ten Championship game. Haskins threw three touchdowns in the team’s Rose Bowl victory, capturing the MVP for both games.

Dwayne Haskins earned a multitude of awards during his 2018 campaign. First-team All-Big Ten team, six Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards, the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year award, along with several other awards. Haskins was also named as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Having filled his shelves with awards, Haskins declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, forgoing his remaining two years of college.

The Future

There has never been a question about Dwayne Haskins’s athletic abilities. However, the one common knock on Haskins was his preparation. In his first two outings, coming during relief appearances, there were issues with his play-calling in the huddle. Furthermore, from watching the games, he often seemed overwhelmed and unsure. During the Buffalo game, Haskins, appeared more locked in, displaying poise in the pocket. His arm talent was evident on several throws.

Stating, during his Monday interview, Coach Callahan claimed, “His progressions were clean. He was decisive.” This being an, obvious, improvement over his first four quarters of action. Callahan also added, “It’s really important to have arm strength, and he needs the experience.”

Losing is a new experience for Dwayne Haskins. Throwing four interceptions in 22 pass attempts is something Haskins isn’t used to, throwing just nine in 590 pass attempts in college. However, he completed 68 percent of his passes without an interception against Buffalo. That’s closer to what the young QB expects.

So, as with anything, practice and preparation are keys to success. Going into Sunday’s game against the Jets, Haskins will have almost a month of first-team reps. He has this game and the rest of the season to prove himself to the organization and fan base. Ability and talent only carry you so far. Experience, desire, preparing, and putting the work in, create a better chance of becoming the best you can be.

The season may be a disappointment for the Redskins, but the future success is in Dewayne Haskins’s hands, and the future is now. HTTR!

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G. Milton
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