Updated: Oct 23, 2020
As you may know, the Washington Football Team has just recently benched their young quarterback that they had just drafted with their first-round pick the year prior. To start this article, I'm going to have to start by reminiscing on his college days...
Haskins was one of the best Ohio State quarterbacks to ever play for the school and was pretty much a lock to be a top 10 pick. Bleacher Report had him as the #2 QB in the draft right behind Kyler Murray who is budding into a superstar right before our eyes. The pick of Haskins was definitely risky considering he only played one full season of college football. He was very inexperienced going into the draft and dealt with a lot of throwing accuracy issues. It seems like his stock was raised because of the fact that he went to a top ten school and had good stats. His one college season was very good. And by good I mean 4831 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 70.2% completion percentage good. I'm sure some of you are thinking, how can he have accuracy issues and still have a 70.2% completion percentage? Well, imagine having some of the best receivers in college football, and playing against some pretty bad teams. Tulane, Rutgers, Oregon State, and even a loss to Purdue where their offense only scored 20 points. Haskins' college career was short but sweet. One last thing to mention about Ohio State; there has never been a successful quarterback to come out of the school. The only three with recognizable names, unless you're an Ohio State fan, are Braxton Miller, who converted to wide receiver later in his career because the quarterback position didn't work out for him. Terrell Pryor, who had the same situation as Miller and had to convert to wide receiver to try and save his career, and if I remember correctly, he did alright as a wide receiver. The only somewhat successful quarterback that played as a quarterback in the NFL is Troy Smith, who was pretty much a career backup, but he had his moments.
In the draft, Haskins fell. That's the story on that. The Giants proceeded to draft another quarterback, Daniel Jones, with the 6th pick over Haskins and some draft analysts even had getting drafted in the second round. I think at the time, almost everyone who followed up on the draft thought Haskins was considered more talented than Daniel Jones although there was obviously something that the Giants didn't like about Haskins to make them take a projected late first-rounder in front of him. Haskins ended up going to Washington with the 14th pick in the NFL draft. Haskins did not start right away, they didn't think he was experienced enough, and his skills weren't developed as much as they would like.
Let's talk about Haskins' first year as an NFL quarterback. In his first start, he has 9 completions, 0 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. That is definitely not the way you want to start your career as an NFL quarterback. The next two weeks went about the same putting up 0 touchdowns both of those weeks. the rest of the year he stayed somewhat consistent. A lot of games he had 1 or 0 touchdowns. In his last two games of the year, he put up 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and over a 120 passer rating which was once you kind of started to see him getting used to the NFL. He finished the year with 1,365 passing yards, a 58.6% completion percentage, 7 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions in 9 games played. Now think about these stats this way; his first 3 games were horrendous, and I'm not trying to say to disregard those first 3 games they don't count. I'm just saying that people use those 3 games so much to show why he's a bad quarterback, and they made such an impact on his stats over 9 games. In his last 6 games, Haskins had 7 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and 1,081 passing yards. Those stats sound so much better. Now again, I'm trying to make the point that bad games happen, especially when it's just the beginning of NFL career, and those bad games, even if it's just a few, can make a massive impact on opinions.
This year, Haskins has been doing better, although he was benched for Kyle Allen. Haskins, through the first 4 weeks of the season, has 4 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 interceptions, 939 passing yards, and a 61% completion percentage. Remember what I said about having one bad game or how just a few bad games can ruin the way people think of the player? Well, that's because all 3 of those interceptions come from 1 game against the Browns. Now here's the alluring part. Daniel Jones, the quarterback that was drafted in front of Haskins, has 2 total touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and 889 passing yards. Do it Giants fans. Look me in the eye and tell me that Jones is a Pro Bowl quarterback. I have to point out the fact that Haskins is playing with one of the worst offensive lines in the league, and the only player that can actually get open on his team is Terry Mclaurin. The Giants also have a pretty bad offensive line, especially when it comes to run blocking, but they have three pretty good receivers and a very fast receiving tight end. Anyways, my point is, why is Haskins getting so much hate while other quarterbacks who are performing worse aren't getting any?
Here's my take on all of this. Give the man a chance. It's not like Washington is trying to win the super bowl this year. Let the young, highly drafted quarterback play out the season and show everyone what he's really capable of. If he doesn't perform the way you wanted, you can get Justin Fields, Trey Lance, or if they get really lucky, maybe even Trevor Lawrence. In conclusion, there are only two possible reasons to explain why Haskins has been benched. Either Washington thinks that they can work on him a little more and develop him without somehow ruining his own game through playing and creating bad habits. Or, Ron Rivera doesn't see any more in Haskins and doesn't think he is good enough to start.
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