Haskins Isn't Ready To Start, Still Has "A Ways To Go"

Dwayne Haskins isn't ready to be Washington's starting quarterback – and Jay Gruden knows it

Ferrall On The Bench
August 07, 2019 - 8:05 am
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Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are battling to be the Redskins’ starting quarterback this season.

Notice that Dwayne Haskins – the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft – was not in that sentence.

“Everything I know, everybody that I’ve talked to, this guy’s got a ways to go in terms of commanding the huddle and the playbook and getting everything organized and lined up at the line of scrimmage – all the little things quarterbacks have to do that we kind of tend to forget about when we just look at the box score and what kind of throws they can make,” D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan host Chris Russell said on Ferrall on the Bench. “So I really truly feel this is a two-way battle – not a three-way battle – for the Redskins’ starting job.”

In other words, don’t get too excited if Haskins plays well against the Cleveland in Washington’s first preseason game Thursday.

“He’s going to make some great throws, and you might see one or two of them on Thursday night in Cleveland,” Russell said. “ But does that really matter against a bunch of 9-to-5, ham-and-egg grocery baggers? What does that matter? What matters is can you get in and out of the huddle? Can you get all the verbiage out? Can you get everybody lined up? Can you make the checks? Can you slide-protect? Can you check out of plays and certain looks? I don’t expect him to do all that. Jay Gruden doesn’t expect him to do that.”

Gruden’s praise for Haskins – or lack thereof – has made that crystal clear.

“I’ll just say this,” Russell said. “I’ve covered Jay Gruden since he walked in the door. He is as tepid and as lukewarm in his endorsements and his quotes and his words about Dwayne Haskins as you can possibly be. I don’t know if he’s doing that just to temper expectations, but the bottom line is I don’t think Jay thinks he’s ready. And to release him to the hounds against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Bears (the first three weeks of the season) – that’s just utterly insane. It’s absurdly insane if anybody thinks that’s a good recipe for success.”

Click below to listen to Russell’s interview in its entirety.