Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Why 2020 Is An Important Season for Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins was taken by the Washington Redskins fifteenth overall in the 2019 draft after spending his college career at Ohio State.

Haskins threw for 50 touchdown passes and rushing for four touchdowns in 2018, also passing for 4,831 yards.

Haskins was third in the Heisman voting as well as first team All-Big Ten honours to just name a few. He was also the 2019 Rose Bowl MVP.

But after just one year in the NFL, is Haskins already in danger of his NFL career as a starter being over?

The Initial View On Dwayne Haskins

Haskins was seen as a draft steal and someone who teams will regret passing on. Many pundits and Redskins fans were left wondering how Haskins fell to Washington.

However, in his 2019 rookie season in the NFL, he started just seven games. In those sevens games, Haskins threw for seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He would only win two games a starter as the Redskins went 3-13 in the 2019 season.

He was also widely criticised for taking a selfie with a fan during the Redskins’ winning formation, with Case Keenum having to come in to take the knee.

Dwayne Haskins was a big college prospect with plenty of people, including myself, feeling he had the potential to become a great NFL player.

Instead, he was the starting quarterback for a team that won just two games in his seven starts.

How Does The Future Lie For Dwayne Haskins?

Jay Gruden was the head coach when the Redskins drafted Haskins but Gruden was fired before Haskins had even started a game.

Ex-Carolina Panther head coach Ron Rivera is now in Washington and he will want to get Washington back to the good times.

Washington have won three Super Bowls, in 1982, 1987 and 1991 but have only reached the play offs in six seasons since that 1991 season, where they won the Super Bowl against the Buffalo Bills.

Haskins has to be worried with the new head coach, especially with the Redskins getting Kyle Allen in the off season.

Allen is someone new head coach Ron Rivera knows well. Allen was the stand in quarterback in Rivera’s last season in Carolina in 2019.

Rivera did not draft Haskins and knows Allen so the question remains as to who will start for Washington.

Dwayne Haskins’ ceiling is probably higher than Allen’s but Rivera will want his new team to hit the ground running.

Haskins was far from reliable in his first year, albeit with a below average head coach.

Rivera may want to give Haskins a chance and a fair crack of the whip if he impresses in training but with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all 32 NFL teams, will Dwayne Haskins even get the chance to impress Rivera in person?

If Rivera does not get the chance to see either in person before the season starts, there is a good chance that Rivera picks someone he is familiar with.

If that does happen, Allen could still struggle and allow Haskins the chance to step in and secure his place as a starter.

But what if Allen performs well?

Haskins would certainly be in trouble and in the NFL, once a team doesn’t want you as a starter, the majority of quarterbacks often struggle to get a place back in the NFL as a starter.

In conclusion, Dwayne Haskins will need to impress, and whilst I do think he has the potential to become an NFL level quarterback, he needs to make the most of every opportunity to impress Ron Rivera. Otherwise, he is in extreme danger of becoming the NFL’s next journeyman back up.

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