Redskins video: Dwayne Haskins throws first NFL TD on 55-yard bomb
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden indicated that quarterback Dwayne Haskins still has plenty of work to do before being considered as a starter. Regardless, he quickly managed to show why Washington was so anxious to take him with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Haskins was able to end the first half in style with a 55-yard bomb to wide receiver Robert Davis, via NFL on Twitter:
— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019
It is encouraging to see Haskins potentially start to find his footing. He struggled mightily in the preseason opener versus the Cleveland Browns after throwing two interceptions in his debut. Fortunately, he has started to show signs of promise against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The devastating leg injury suffered by quarterback Alex Smith essentially spurred Washington into shoring up their depth under center this offseason. They managed to do just that by acquiring quarterback Case Keenum to hold down the fort while bringing in Haskins as their potential long-term option. As a result, there is now plenty of competition for snaps with quarterback Colt McCoy still in the mix.
Gruden has already indicated that they will look to take a patient approach with the rookie’s development while hoping to remain competitive with Keenum as the starter. As a result, Haskins could see an ample amount of quality snaps before the start of the 2019 NFL season.
Plays like these are a positive sign that he is not only getting more comfortable in the pocket but the rapport with his receivers has grown stronger as well.