Dwayne Haskins’ stint with Washington Football Team came to an unexpected halt in Week 16. After multiple issues – on the field and off it as well – coach Ron Rivera and Washington’s managerial chiefs made the call to waive the 2nd-year quarterback from their roster. The former 1st-round pick ended his tenure in the American capital with a 3-10 record.
In 7 games this season, Haskins threw for 1,400+ yards with 5 passing TDs and 7 interceptions. He was let go just a week before Washington’s all-important game against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title and spot in the Playoffs. Now, a little over a month later, Haskins has a new NFL team to call home, Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
The retirement of Chargers great Philip Rivers has inadvertently brought up the conversation surrounding Ben Roethlisberger’s future in Pittsburgh.
Big Ben, drafted in 2003 just like Rivers, returned to Mike Tomlin’s first-team setup this season after an injury setback in 2019. He led the Steelers to an 11-0 start before they lost to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card Playoffs.
The Steelers must be planning for the future, considering Ben’s declining age. In the post-match presser a couple of weeks ago, the veteran neither confirmed nor denied that the Browns’ loss will be his final game as a Pittsburgh player. Maybe the move to bring in someone like Haskins is to buy some depth in the QB department.
At present, Mason Rudolph is the backup quarterback for the Steelers. The 25-year-old was a 3rd-round pick and arrived in The Steel city in 2018.
He made his debut last season when Roethlisberger was sidelined due to an elbow injury. Haskins will come in and aim to displace Rudolph as coach Tomlin tries to up the ante within his squad.
Dwayne Haskins is a former 1st-round recruit (15th overall). Despite his off-field struggles, he remains a youngster with huge potential. If the youngster manages to turn things around playing under Tomlin, the Steelers might have a hidden gem on their hands.