Washington Football Team: Five players to watch in Week 3 vs. Browns
1. QB Dwayne Haskins
The start to this season has not been a great one for Dwayne Haskins. The Washington quarterback hasn’t been terrible, but he hasn’t been good either. The team has struggled to move the ball on offense and it’s time for Haskins to step up and get the ball rolling a bit.
Haskins should have a chance to do that against the Browns defense. The unit will be a good test for the young quarterback, as their pass rush could easily disrupt him given the state of his offensive line. But if he can step up, avoid pressure, and get the ball out quickly, he’ll have a chance to move the ball.
The middle of the field has been a weakness for them, so Haskins can attack that area with Thomas, as mentioned earlier, as well as Sims and McLaurin. And if he can take advantage of the corner opposite of Denzel Ward, whether that’s Terrance Mitchell or Greedy Williams, that would be a good move as well.
No matter what, Haskins needs to be watched because the offense hasn’t been able to move the ball early. Haskins needs to get off to a faster start and find a way to help the team avoid early three-and-outs and scoreless quarters. That’s not something they’ve done through two games, and they’ll need to right the ship there to avoid this becoming a true trend instead of shaking off the rust.
Haskins has done well to avoid turnovers, especially playing behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. But now, he has to sustain some drives. He’s going to be under a microscope this season because this is his big chance to emerge as Washington’s long-term starter. In order to quell concerns about his ability to do that, he’ll have to avoid a slow start in three consecutive games.