Redskins: 5 reasons why Dwayne Haskins will succeed
By Seth Barnes
We’ve heard about Haskins’ ability to quickly read defenses. This is the staple of all top quarterbacks. They need to correctly see what a defense is going to do before the snap and communicate it to the rest of the offense, or adjust accordingly. In many scouts’ opinions, Haskins did this better than anyone in college football last year.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks went so far as to say that Haskins has the potential to dissect defenses as well as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady! That’s high praise for a one-year college starter.
When asked in his press conference, “What do you feel like the other teams that picked ahead of the Redskins missed on you?”, Haskins answered, “I’m just looking forward to proving that when I get my chance to play.”
See the full press conference here, courtesy of Hogshaven.com.
A lot of players might have taken that opportunity to talk smack or to defend themselves. Not Haskins. He came across confident in himself, was well spoken, and responded quickly.
In other interviews, Haskins has done the same thing. He’s consistently well spoken, doesn’t come across nervous, and seems to answer questions with ease. The spotlight can be heavy, but Haskins seems to not let it get to him. He quickly processes questions and delivers solid answers.
This matters because being the quarterback taken in the first round means more than on-field performance. It means representing the franchise. It means talking with the media and maintaining a positive outlook. A lot of questions will come his way throughout his career. In his first days as a Redskin, Haskins seems more than capable of shouldering that load.