Dwayne Haskins' future in Washington, even before this past weekend, was bleak at best. After getting caught partying maskless this past Sunday following the team's loss to Seattle, that future is now even more in question.
By his choosing, Haskins addressed reporters on Wednesday for the first time since the incident. The 23-year-old was asked whether he feels that he's on his last chance to prove himself in Washington, and he delivered a painfully honest response.
"Yeah," Haskins said.
"But you know, you get a chance, you got to make the most of it," Haskins continued. "I'm just grateful to even have that chance."
Haskins was a participant in practice on Wednesday, as the team and the NFL have agreed on a plan to allow the quarterback to practice this week despite blatantly breaking the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday that Haskins has been stripped from his captaincy and was fined $40,000 for violating NFL COVID-19 protocols as a result of the incident. But, Haskins will still be the starting quarterback this upcoming Sunday against Seattle if Alex Smith is unable to play due to a nagging calf injury.
Additionally, Rivera said that he spoke to Haskins on Monday once the team became aware of the incident, and the two of them had a productive conversation. Rivera said he has spoken to the quarterback "five or six" times since then, and they are putting what happened in the past. Haskins is also getting tested for coronavirus twice per day.
"I just appreciate how receptive Coach Rivera was of the situation, being a role model in my life and helping me out through this moving forward and giving me a second chance without any questions as to why," Haskins said.
"I know my team needs me," Haskins added. "I need to step up to the plate and can't be selfish and I need to stop getting in my own way."
There have been a handful of incidents throughout Haskins' tenure in Washington that have shown his immaturity. Two stand out more than others: Haskins missed the final snap against Detroit last year in his first career victory because he was taking a selfie with fans; earlier this year, he was reportedly bragging about his stats following a loss to Baltimore.
Haskins vowed this past summer that he had put his immature tendencies behind him.
"Now that I've turned 23, still being young, still growing, I just wanted to — whatever there were, questions about immaturity or lack of whatever it was — I was going to change that," Haskins said June 10.
This latest incident proves Haskins isn't there yet. Another episode like the one Sunday and Haskins knows his NFL career is in jeopardy.
"I will learn from my mistake and do everything I can to help this team," Haskins said. "I'll do everything in my power to make the most of my second chance."