Dwayne Haskins’ second year in the NFL has not gone the way he has hoped. The No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL draft began the season as the Washington Football Team’s starting quarterback. He was looking to prove to himself and the organization that he is the franchise quarterback Washington has been searching for over the past several years.
The opposite has happened, as Haskins hasn’t lived up to expectations both on and off the field. The second-year quarterback’s issues continued this season, which resulted in Washington making a tough decision about Haskins’ future with the team.
Dwayne Haskins’ inconsistent and immature NFL career
Two years ago, Dwayne Haskins was tearing up the college football landscape with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a top prospect going into the draft, throwing for 3,500+ yards and 50 touchdowns in his one season as a starter at Ohio State. The Washington Football Team selected him with the fifteenth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Haskins’ career has been mediocre at best in Washington. There were concerns about his preparation habits. He didn’t spend enough time studying or training as an NFL quarterback should. That became evident on the field, as he struggled to read opposing defenses. His accuracy was also an issue, not finding or hitting the open receiver consistently.
For his career, Haskins has thrown for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions per ESPN. He has been in and out of the starting rotation in his two seasons due to his inconsistent play. He was the starter in Week 1 of this season before being benched in Week 4. His inability to push the ball downfield has been the glaring issue in Haskins’ game at this point in his career.
Immaturity and off the field incidents is what ended up hurting Dwayne Haskins’ career in Washington. During the 2020 season, he had two separate instances where he violated the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. His most recent incident was when he was at his girlfriend’s birthday party without a mask. Washington fined him $40,000 and revoked his captaincy. Despite that, he had a chance to redeem himself against the Panthers in Week 16.
The Washington Football Team releases Dwayne Haskins
Haskins struggled against Carolina, throwing for 154 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. He was benched in the fourth quarter for Taylor Heinicke. There we many questions surrounding his future in Washington after his challenging week. The team answered those questions, releasing Haskins on Monday per ESPN.
“This afternoon, I met with Dwayne and informed him that we would be releasing him. I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward,” head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement, per ESPN. Rivera has supported Haskins since he arrived this past offseason, but things have not worked out.
Shortly after his release, Dwayne Haskins released a statement, saying, “I thank the team & fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for. I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of an NFL QB and will become a better man and player because of this experience.”
What does the future hold for Dwayne Haskins?
The future for Dwayne Haskins looks uncertain at this point. There are a few teams in the NFL that could be looking for their signal-caller, but has Haskins shown enough to convince front offices to take a risk on him? His time in Washington could make front office executives hesitant on bringing him in. He lacked maturity there, and they want to see if he is mature enough to handle the responsibility of being an NFL quarterback.
Playing in the NFL is a rare opportunity, and Haskins might’ve just blown his only one because of his inconsistent play and immaturity. He will be part of an underwhelming free-agent class of quarterbacks. With many teams having their franchise quarterback set in stone, it will be hard for Haskins to find his way back to a starting role in 2021. It might be hard for him to find an opportunity to back someone up, given his track record.
Even though it is a challenging situation, this is a learning experience for the second-year quarterback. The good news is that Haskins is still young, with a lot of room for improvement. He is 23-years old, which is more than enough time for him to change his ways. Haskins should take the time now to focus on his maturity, both on and off the field. If he can use this upcoming offseason to work on that, he could have a chance on another NFL roster for the 2021 season.
All stats courtesy of ESPN