Each year NBC Sports football analyst Chris Simms ranks the top 40 quarterbacks in the NFL, and this year, the rankings are not kind to Redskins passer Dwayne Haskins.
3⃣9⃣ Dwayne Haskins— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) May 26, 2020
Really don't know how to sum up his rookie season. Some nice moments and throws that make you see why he was a 1st rd pick. Others where you shake your head and realize how raw of a talent he still is. Big Q about how new staff will embrace him#SimmsTop40QB
The only quarterback lower than Haskins is Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa, an immensely talented player coming off his surgery and significant medical questions. Mitch Trubisky ranked 38th, one spot ahead of Haskins, even though Chicago traded for Nick Foles this offseason to compete with Trubisky.
Simms' comments on Haskins are fair even if the ranking maybe isn't.
As a rookie, especially early on, Haskins looked out of his league. In his first two NFL games, but relief appearances after Case Keenum got injured, Haskins was terrible. He threw four interceptions in only 22 pass attempts.
But as he got more playing time, and more practice time, his performance improved. By the end of the year Haskins played his best, including four touchdowns, no interceptions and completing about 75 percent of his passes in Weeks 15 and 16.
Haskins is the biggest question mark for the Redskins this season, but he also seems much more poised and prepared to take on the challenge. In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast after the draft, Haskins explained that he knows how important 2020 is for his career.
"I feel really confident having guys that believe in me,” Haskins said. “I think I’m going to have a good year this year.”
If things go the way Haskins expects, next year's QB rankings will look much different.
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