The NFL Draft wrapped up about a month ago, and while technically free agency remains open, the bulk of the action took place in mid-March.
Ready or not, Ron Rivera's first Redskins team is largely built. The 2020 season is coming.
Plenty of questions remain for Washington, to be expected for a team that went 3-13 last year and overhauled nearly the entire organization this offseason, but the biggest question is not about something that changed this offseason. Rather it's about the most important holdover in the organization: second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Rivera needs to know what kind of player Haskins is in 2020, but almost more urgently, Rivera needs to know what kind of player Haskins can become.
There is evidence to support many claims but the truth is 2019 provided Haskins with little opportunity to prove his worth. He showed ability late in the season, but showed serious flaws prior to that.
In Haskins' first two NFL games - both coming off the bench - he played awful.
In those two games he completed about 56 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and four interceptions. His QB rating for those two games came in at 36.
In his first two starts, Haskins took a slight step forward. He completed about 61 percent of his passes with two touchdowns against just one interception. His passer rating jumped to 83.
In his final two starts of the year, Haskins looked like the real deal. He completed 74 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating soared to 132.
What version of Haskins will Rivera see?
It seems nearly impossible to think the version of Haskins that took the field in the two early relief appearances will ever emerge again. In those games, the rookie quarterback clearly wasn't ready for the situation, and it showed.
Even his first two NFL starts showed marked improvement from the prior appearances, though neither start offered real reason for excitement. That reason emerged late in the year, and that momentum seems to be carrying Haskins forward for the 2020 season.
"I feel really confident having guys that believe in me,” Haskins said via the Redskins Talk podcast last week. “I think I’m going to have a good year.”
Sure, the Redskins drafted Haskins 15th overall last year, but as an organization, it was never clear he was the priority at quarterback.
Now, at least right now, it seems like he is.
Haskins seems confident despite plenty of uncertainty. There are reasons to think his struggles could continue. He will be playing with his fourth offensive coordinator in three years. The Redskins have no clear answer at tight end, or left tackle, or left guard, and it's unknown what receiver will start opposite Terry McLaurin.
That's a lot for any quarterback to handle, let alone a 23-year-old with seven career NFL starts.
Ask Haskins though and it's the time for opportunity that has him most excited.
"I have the urgency right now. I’m itching," he said.
If all that happens - if Haskins can grasp new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system and merge a number of new teammates from the offensive line to the skill positions - then in 2021 there will no longer be any question about Dwayne Haskins.
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