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Report: Dwayne Haskins to visit Carolina Panthers

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As Dwayne Haskins begins a career after his time with the Washington Football Team, the free-agent quarterback is set to visit the Carolina Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

The second-year QB cleared waivers after being released by Washington on Dec. 28. While he had mixed results on the field in the nation's capital, there were noted concerns about his behavior off of the gridiron that also contributed to his release. 

Twice this season he broke COVID-19 protocols, one of which led to a tipping point where photos were made public of him partying with individuals not wearing masks. 

Washington kept him on the roster for a week due to the team's thin depth at the QB position. He actually started a game against the Panthers in which a victory would vault the Burgundy and Gold into the NFL playoffs. 

A zero touchdown, two-interception performance that had him completing only 50% of his passes and included a lost fumble ultimately concluded the Haskins era in D.C. He was benched for midseason signing Taylor Heinicke and a few days later the former first-round pick was waived. 

Head coach Ron Rivera, who did not draft Haskins, said in a statement that the move "benefits both parties" by going their separate ways. 

Carolina could be a fresh landing spot for the passer. Their organization is looking to change the identity as first-year head coach Matt Rhule looks to build off a 5-11 record. Starter Teddy Bridgewater was benched in Week 17 after a lackluster performance that mirrored much of his regular season (15 TDs, 11 INTs). With P.J. Walker as the only other QB on the roster, the Panthers are likely looking for options at the position. 

 

Carolina also holds the No. 8 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but will likely be out of the elite QB running at that point in the order.