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Haskins has faults, but he's also grown in one vital area

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It's pretty easy to pick out flaws in what Dwayne Haskins is doing these days. Haskins himself did so on Wednesday, telling the local media that he wants "to be better at everything" following his most shoddy performance in the NFL.

Not ALL of his 2020 performance is bad, though. As a matter of fact, the second-year pro has actually taken a major step forward in one of his position's most essential areas.

As a rookie, Haskins was mediocre — and that may even be too kind — in the red zone.

When his offense had breached the opposition's 20-yard line, Haskins went just 8-of-23 (that's a low, low 34.7-percent completion rate) for 53 yards and five touchdowns. His passer rating was 83.2 and he took five sacks, which cost him 36 yards combined.

This season, he's been much more on point once Washington gets in close.

Through four weeks, Haskins has gone 9-of-12 (that's a high, high 75-percent completion rate) for 76 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating is 130.6 and he's taken a pair of sacks, yet those have only cost him three yards combined.

So, Haskins has already completed more attempts for more yardage inside of the 20 than he did last year, and his completion percentage is sixth-best in the league. He's also tossed three of his four scoring strikes while working on that prime real estate.

Thanks largely to Haskins' play, Washington as a whole is excelling in the red zone, finishing off their trips there with a touchdown 70-percent of the time. That's tied with the Chiefs for 10th in football. 

 

There's no argument that the 23-year-old has to step it up on the other 80 yards of the field, or else Ron Rivera could reach that "cut-off point" he referenced on Monday soon. 

There is something to be said, though, for how Haskins is helping cap off possessions with six points instead of three. That's something the most dangerous QBs are known for. 

Now, if he can be more instrumental in getting his offense into that territory more often, then he'll really be on to something.