Redskins’ Ron Rivera speaks out on the most impressive game of Dwayne Haskins’ rookie season
The Washington Redskins selected quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was expected to be the obvious quarterback of the future due to that.
However, halfway through his rookie season, head coach Jay Gruden was fired. Then at the start of the offseason, Ron Rivera was brought in to take over.
Rivera has made it clear that no job is guaranteed, and that goes for the QB as well. So now it’s not exactly Haskins’ job. He needs to fight and earn the spot just like everyone else.
That being said, it doesn’t mean Rivera wasn’t impressed with some things Haskins did in year one. In fact, he spoke about a particularly impressive game from his rookie season.
The thing that excited Ron Rivera says Dwayne Haskins “is not anointed, that’s for dag on sure,” but the thing that excites him was looking at that Detroit game and Haskins poise on those two drives they needed to score. He wants a QB the team can win with and because of #HTTR
— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) February 26, 2020
The Redskins squared off with the Detroit Lions in Week 12. It was just their second win of the season, and Haskins’ first win as a starter.
In that game, his numbers weren’t exactly stellar. He managed 156 yards and no touchdowns (one interception) on 13-of-29 passing. Haskins also had 28 yards on three carries and a fumble.
So the numbers weren’t great.
That being said, Haskins orchestrated two field-goal drives with under six minutes to go, to help Washington tie the game, then take the lead in a 19-16 victory. In those two drives, Haskins went 6-10 with 68 yards, and had one carry for 11 yards. Clearly, the pressure didn’t get to him.
Haskins made a couple of great throws and the scramble was massive as well.
This was a big turning point for the quarterback, who started to play much better as the year went on.
Obviously, Rivera was impressed by the performance too. It appears the coach is going to be looking into a lot of factors when picking a quarterback, and Haskins may have passed a test already.