Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer may be Dwayne Haskins' social media activity, but if it's done one thing for us this offseason, it's shown us that the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback has lost plenty of weight. The former No. 15 overall pick has been posting pictures of himself working out over the past few months, and he has looked noticeably slimmer.about
Haskins mentioned that he has felt aentering his second NFL season, and his actions have shown it.
While the Redskins only won three games last season, Haskins had a hand in two of those victories. In nine total games played, he threw for 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his seven starts, however, he threw for 1,225 yards, seven touchdowns and just three interceptions. Haskins had a bit of an up-and-down rookie campaign in all, but did appear to put it all together during the end of the season. In his last three starts, he threw for 564 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception. If anything, there's no doubt that he has potential as a quarterback in this league. With a slimmer version of Haskins, we should expect to get a more athletic quarterback in 2020.
Haskins rushed for just 101 yards in nine games last season, and 108 yards and four touchdowns during his sophomore season at Ohio State. He is by no means considered a "dual-threat" quarterback, but he is someone who is quick enough to scramble out of the pocket when necessary. Haskins proved that during his third preseason game last year, when he stepped up in the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals and gained six yards instead of taking a sack.
Haskins ran a 5.04 40-yard dash time at the combine last year, but should run faster than that number suggests with how much weight he has lost over the last year. While he won't suddenly morph into Michael Vick or Lamar Jackson, a faster Haskins could mean defenses now have to respect his ability to scramble and pay more attention to read option plays.
Additionally, one thing Haskins showed during his rookie campaign is that he's great at stepping up in the pocket, remaining focused and throwing passes under pressure. Haskins could be quicker at stepping up when the defensive front closes in, and also could be able to use those opportunities to rush if he sees the opportunity.
Dwayne Haskins isn’t going to win rookie of the year. He’s inconsistent and “raw” but he has shown some promise.— Jordan Dajani (@JordanDajani) November 18, 2019
Take this play: 3rd and 7, senses pressure, steps up, knows he’s about to get hit from 3 diff angles yet keeps eyes downfield, delivers a nice ball for 1st down.#HTTR pic.twitter.com/AdmHNdNHNW
With a new head coach in Ron Rivera, Haskins is going to have to prove that he's the quarterback of the future for the Redskins. While he was able to rebound towards the end of his rookie season, that doesn't mean anything heading into 2020. But it's fair to say that this offseason has been a success for Haskins. He is showing he's committed to keeping the starting job and improving his body. Haskins wants to see the Redskins experience a major turnaround, but more importantly he wants to lead it.