Dwayne Haskins is looking for a fresh start after flailing out in Washington. The former No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has shown promise at times, but a lack of consistency and maturity lead to his release in only his second season.
The final straw? A poor performance the week after breaking COVID-19 protocol to go to a strip club. The Football Team decided to move on, and none of the other 31 teams claimed the Ohio State product.
The 23-year-old still has enough youth and raw ability to earn an opportunity somewhere, however, and CBS Sports recently gave two intriguing options. Those options were the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams. Here were the reasons for each fit:
Mike Tomlin doesn’t put up with off-field antics, but here’s a chance for Haskins to repair his reputation and re-learn how to play the quarterback position under offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada — who has worked with Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett in the past.
The appeal with the Rams is offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator during Haskins’ rookie season in 2019. Haskins improved under O’Connell in the final weeks of 2019, completing 72.1% of his passes for 394 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the final two weeks of his rookie season.
Washington moved on from O’Connell and he joined McVay in Los Angeles. Perhaps a reunion could salvage Haskins’ career as he takes a year to develop behind Goff — or challenges him for the job down the road.
The article also shared another two potential landing spots for Haskins, which you can check out here.
There is still enough to like about Haskins for another team to take a shot on him. But he will also understanding moving forward that he won’t get many more opportunities. We’ll see where he ultimately lands.
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