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Dwayne Haskins named one of Washington's five team captains

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The Washington Football Team announced its five team captains for the 2020 season on Wednesday, and second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins was named one of them.

Joining Haskins from the offense is right guard Brandon Scherff, the second time the offensive lineman has earned that title. The defense's two captains -- Jonathan Allen and Landon Collins -- were also given the honor last year. 

The group is rounded out by special teams captain DeShazor Everett, marking the third season he has received the 'C' on his uniform.

Along with earning the starting quarterback job, being named captain was one of Haskins' goals entering his second season with the team. 

"I'm just trying to be that guy, be a captain on this football team is something I really worked hard for this offseason," Haskins told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay in August. 

Now, Haskins has done both. And the 23-year-old is eager to prove to head coach Ron Rivera that he's the quarterback to build this franchise around for the future.

For Haskins, being named team captain is not an honor that should be taken lightly. The decision is made by players, not the coaches, and it shows that the quarterback has won many of his teammates over with his approach entering the 2020 season.

Haskins has done all the right things this offseason, and both his teammates and coaches have taken notice.

But, Haskins knows that his offseason work only goes so far. Now that the season is here, it's all about translating the work he's done over the past nine months into victories on Sundays.

 

"Success for me is helping this team win more games than last year," Haskins said Tuesday. "Success for me is helping this team have a better overall demeanor on the field. Success for me is finding ways to lead and be a presence. That’s something that I’m just looking forward to doing and being quite successful at it because I know that I can do it and my guys can do it. I’m looking forward to leading these men."