Haskins completed seven of 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown Thursday against the Bengals in the Redskins' second preseason game.
Haskins entered the game after Case Keenum and led the team to its only touchdown of the contest. The rookie showed particular rapport with Robert Davis, completing two passes to him, highlighted by a 55-yard touchdown. While Haskins posted a similar completion rate and yardage total to his preseason debut, he showed improvement Thursday by not turning the ball over. Case Keenum remains the favorite for the Week 1 starting job, but Haskins still has some time to make a push.
Haskins is expected to play approximately two quarters during Thursday's preseason contest against the Bengals, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Haskins was hit and miss in his first pro appearance last Thursday, completing eight of 14 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions while taking two carries for 17 yards. After another week of practice under his belt, the Redskins are aiming for progress from the rookie signal-caller, namely how he handles protection calls and timing on different throws. Haskins will take the field after Case Keenum gets some run with the first-teamers.
Haskins completed eight of 14 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions during Thursday's 30-10 loss to the Browns. He added 17 yards on two carries.
Haskins' debut started off well enough, with a nice little boot play for a 27-yard gain. The rest of the game was less kind as two fellow rookies picked him off. The first, a misplaced lob, was intercepted by Mack Wilson and returned for a touchdown. Later, Greedy Williams cut off an ill-advised throw to no-man's land down field. Twitter observers figure to be talking about the low-lights Friday, but there were enough well-placed passes for Haskins to build on in the coming weeks.
Haskins is listed as the No. 3 quarterback behind Colt McCoy (foot) and Case Keenum on the Redskins' first unofficial depth chart, Ryan Fowler and Kyle Stackpole of the team's official site report.
Coach Jay Gruden is rolling with the experienced hand in McCoy as the top option for now, while offseason acquisition Keenum, who is getting a majority of the first-team reps, will kick off the preseason slate as the listed backup. Considering both signal-callers are veterans, the aforementioned breakdown isn't a shock, but performance during exhibition season and McCoy's health (or lack thereof) may force Gruden's hand in another direction. The 15th pick in this year's draft, Haskins has impressed the coaching staff with his superior arm strength, but his knowledge of the scheme remains a work in progress. He acknowledged as much Monday, telling John Keim of ESPN.com that he's growing more comfortable by the day in spite of the lack of reps. Haskins will get his first chance to make an in-game impact on Gruden and company Thursday at Cleveland.
Coach Jay Gruden said Haskins, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy all will get reps throughout training camp, with their competition potentially coming down to the wire, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
With a veteran head coach and a promising defense, the Redskins aren't likely to place much weight on long-term upside when they make their decision on the Week 1 starter. Haskins' age and draft status might give him the tiebreaker in a close call, but the competition mostly will come down to performance in training camp and preseason games. Gruden made it clear after June minicamp that the rookie will be given a fair shot to win the job.
Haskins is a serious contender for the Week 1 starting job, ESPN.com's John Keim reports. "He's put enough out there on tape to say he deserves a shot, without a doubt," coach Jay Gruden said. "When he's on, there's nobody you'd rather have than Dwayne. It's pretty. He stands tall; he has a cannon, and he can quicken up his release. He's got great touch. But sometimes when he's off, he's abnormally off. It's kind of weird."
The 15th overall draft pick seems to be as advertised so far, displaying the inconsistency that's almost inevitable for a one-year college starter. The good moments apparently have been impressive enough to put Haskins on even footing in a camp/preseason battle for the starting job with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy (leg). Each of the three figures to get work with the first-team offense, though McCoy seems like a long shot to actually win the job. Haskins has a huge advantage in terms of size, arm strength and youth, but Gruden may decide Keenum gives the team a better chance to win games in September. Either way, the rookie is a strong bet to make starts at some point this season.
Haskins is a candidate to be the Redskins' starting quarterback Week 1, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports. "We're going to go at it, throw the ball out there and let these guys [also, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy (lower leg)] compete," coach Jay Gruden said Saturday.
After acquiring Alex Smith last offseason, the Redskins got 10 games out of the veteran before he suffered a career-threatening lower leg injury. McCoy was the next man up, but a fractured fibula forced him to the sideline Week 13, and he has endured three operations in the interim. Addressing the QB room, the team acquired Keenum from the Broncos and Haskins via the 15th pick in this year's draft. Keenum seems to be the presumptive favorite for the No. 1 spot to kick off the upcoming campaign, but Gruden wouldn't rule out Haskins or even the still-recovering McCoy for the gig. If Haskins sees the field right away, his lack of mobility will be a detriment, and the Redskins don't exactly have the skill-position talent for immediate success. Still, he torched college football last fall in his sole season as the starter at Ohio State, completing 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions, so he could take advantage of the situation.
The Redskins selected Haskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 15th overall.
Haskins (6-foot-3, 231 pounds) is a big quarterback with a big arm, and by any sensible measure he's a far better prospect than Daniel Jones, who the Giants selected sixth overall. Haskins can't run at all and may prove significantly limited in terms of evading the pass rush, but if he keeps developing, his passing acumen would more than offset that. Haskins was outrageously productive for Ohio State in 2018, completing 373 of 533 passes (70 percent) for 4,831 yards (9.1 YPA), 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 14 games as a redshirt sophomore. With a powerful throwing arm and a blazing fast start to his young career, Haskins has many high-upside indicators. The concern here is the landing spot. Jay Gruden is an excellent coach, but all bridges to Dan Snyder burn eventually and Washington's management practices beyond Gruden's jurisdiction are universally, eternally awful. The personnel among the pass catchers is highly discouraging, as well. Haskins should thrive if Gruden sticks around, but if Gruden is out after 2019 then the entire foundation in Washington could crack. It in any case is up in the air as to whether Haskins or Case Keenum is the Week 1 starter for Washington. Haskins has all the talent, but he's raw by most measures and Keenum is at least quite seasoned at this point.