Breaking down the Redskins’ quarterback depth chart for 2019
Starter: QB Dwayne Haskins
The Redskins spent a first-round pick on Haskins. While they may opt to sit him a bit at the start of the season, the fact of the matter is that he may win the starting job in training camp and the preseason. And if he doesn’t, he will almost certainly grab ahold of it by the end of the year.
Haskins is coming off a prolific career at Ohio State. Last season, he threw for a whopping 50 touchdowns and helped lead the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl. It was the first time in a long while that the Buckeyes had a very pass-heavy offense, and Haskins did well as their offensive leader.
Haskins has a very nice arm and can make throws downfield. He is accurate as well, especially in the short and intermediate game. He may numerous brilliant throws at Ohio State and should have the ability to become a playmaker in the NFL. It’s just a matter of whether or not his passing skills will translate immediately or if he will need more time to develop.
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For the NFL, Haskins will need to improve his ball placement all-around. He occasionally misses by just a hair, and if that continues, he could have problems with interceptions or pass breakups against better, quicker NFL defensive backs.
Additionally, Haskins’ lack of mobility will require him to mostly be a pocket passer. Because of this, he will have to improve his ability to read the field, which should be doable considering the upside he showed there as a one-year starter.
Haskins’ overall passing ability reminds me of Jameis Winston, a player with great arm talent but poor ball placement. But Haskins lacks Winston’s mobility and isn’t as much of a risk taker as Winston, so while he shares some traits, their playing style is different.
No quarterback on the ‘Skins has the upside of Haskins. And they clearly believe in him. After seeing the impact of last year’s rookie quarterback class on their respective teams, Jay Gruden and company may be content to throw Haskins into the fire right away and see what he can do. It may take him some time to learn, and there may be growing pains, but he has the skill set needed to be successful.