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Chris Thompson sees improvement in Dwayne Haskins in ways the box score doesn't show

Chris Thompson sees improvement in Dwayne Haskins in ways the box score doesn't show

Dwayne Haskins' final stat line in the Redskins' Week 13 victory over Carolina was not eye-popping or overly impressive.

The rookie QB completed just 13 passes at a 54 percent clip with no touchdowns. Washington relied heavily on the run game, which ran for a season-high 248 yards, and their defense to bring home their third win of the season.

While Haskins' numbers don't stand out, the improvement and strides he's made in other aspects have been noticeable to many, including running back Chris Thompson.

Thompson returned to the field Sunday after missing five games with a toe injury. His return marked the first time he played with Haskins during the regular season; the last time the two took a snap together was in training camp.

The seven-year veteran joined The Sports Junkies on Monday and praised the improvement in Haskins' command of the huddle and understanding of the offense -- two things the Redskins are specifically looking for a development of during the remainder of the 2019 season.

"Just being in the huddle, I feel like he's taken more control," Thompson said on Haskins. "I feel like he's more calm out there. Everybody knows the story, he'd go out there and have a wristband [of the plays] and things like that. He's put more [pressure] on himself to not even want to use the wristband. He's just trying to learn everything."

Thompson pointed out Haskins' understanding of coverages and the ability to change pass protections at the line of scrimmage as one area he's drastically improved in.

Recalling back just two weeks ago, Haskins struggled in that aspect against the Jets. He was captured on video asking his offensive lineman on the sidelines "What can I do to help you?"

Two weeks later, the difference is clear.

"He was out there being able to flip protections to be able to protect himself. That's what I love to see," Thompson said. "I remember one time I was calling out the protection, I was saying it out loud. I was saying 'We need to flip this protection.' We had what we call a dummy count, and he walked up, switched the protection and put us in the right position for him to be able to get all six guys blocked up. That's the growth I've been seeing."

Although the play resulted in an incomplete pass, Thompson pointed out one sequence against Carolina that showed him a significant amount of progress in terms of the quarterback going through his progressions. On a third-down play, Haskins avoided multiple defenders in the pocket, kept his eyes downfield and found an open Jeremy Sprinkle for what would have been good enough for a first down.

The tight end dropped it, but Haskins's effort on that play did not go unnoticed.

"As playmakers, we continue to make plays for him, I think he's going to continue to get better and better," Thompson said. I love that extended play that he threw to Sprinkle. Sprink ended up dropping it. I think it was on a third-and-12 or something like that. Those are the steps I see he's been making and I can tell he's getting more and more comfortable with the game and the speed with everything out there."

Taking care of the ball is vital to success in the NFL, and it's something rookie quarterbacks usually struggle with. In the two relief appearances he had earlier in the season, the rookie threw four interceptions in his first 22 pass attempts. In Haskins' first three starts, he had three turnovers.

But in the win against Carolina, Haskins also did not turn the ball over, which is a step in the right direction.

"That's huge for sure," Thompson said on Haskins playing mistake-free football. "I think that has come with him just growing and being able to read defenses better. The more he gets these game reps, he gets to read and see things differently. I know he's putting all the time in to continue to progress and help us win these games and I'm happy for him and his team."

These are all small steps, but steps that the Redskins hope to look back on and be excited about the progress and maturation Haskins has made during a short amount of time.

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Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

The Redskins recruiting coordinator and quarterback Dwayne Haskins wants to reunite with another one of his former Buckeye teammates in the NFL.

On Thursday, Haskins quote tweeted a video of WR K.J. Hill's highlights at the Senior Bowl with the caption "Need em."

After a back-and-forth, the Redskins' first-round draft pick sealed his approval on the draft prospect by tagging the Redskins' team account. 

K.J. Hill overlapped with Haskins for two years with the Ohio State Buckeyes. During Haskins' final year in Columbus, Hill was the No. 2 receiver with 70 receptions for 885 yards and six touchdowns. 

There was a small dip in production for Hill after Haskins left for the NFL, however, he became a bigger red zone target with 10 touchdowns. 

If the Redskins decided to adhere to their QB's requests, he would not be the only former pass-catching Buckeye to wear the Burgandy and Gold. Third-round draft pick Terry McLaurin was also on the 2018 Ohio State squad before making the move to the NFL.

Hill is just the latest player to be endorsed by Haskins since he became the Redskins starter.  Haskins has tweeted support for the Redskins to bring on Chad Johnson as a wide receiving coach, to draft Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick, and to sign free agent WR Antonio Brown

Additionally, he understandably asked Trent Williams to come back to protect him on the offensive line after Bruce Allen was removed. 

Could the Redskins go and get another Buckeye in the draft?

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Redskins' Tress Way on his Pro Bowl experience: 'I did not realize it was this fun'

Redskins' Tress Way on his Pro Bowl experience: 'I did not realize it was this fun'

The Redskins may just have one Pro Bowler, but punter Tress Way is having an incredible time in Miami thus far.

The second-team All-Pro recipient has been in Orlando for less than 48 hours, but has quickly realized just how fun the week of the NFL's all-star game truly is.

"This sounds funny, but I did not realize it was this fun," Way told Redskins.com's Gabe Henderson on Wednesday on how his week has been thus far.

One of the punter's favorite parts of the week thus far was the basketball shoot-off Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll organized.

"Coach [Pete] Carroll had a shoot-off, had a basketball goal set up and a free throw line," Way said. "He kept calling offensive and defensive guys to come shoot for 30 seconds, and whoever made the most won. The place was going nuts. We had a quick meeting, came out here and did a glorified walkthrough, blasting music, dancing, throwing the ball around. It's seriously so fun, and it's just getting started."

Way, a first-time Pro Bowler, is not enjoying the experience by himself. Several family members made the trek down to Orlando to support the 29-year-old.

"I'm so thankful. This is so awesome," he said. "My whole family is here. I got more family coming. It is definitely surreal."

But perhaps the part Way is looking forward to the most is how he's planning on spending his Thursday evening. 

Way and his family are planning on spending the night at Harry Potter World. The punter never got into the series, much to his mother and little brother's dismay, but plans on going all-in when he arrives.

"I plan on learning all the spells, picking up a custom wand, and having a couple butter beers," Way said. "Really just embarrassing my wife, that's the main goal here. I will be the Master of Death; I will have all three deathly hollows by the time I leave, and pretty much just nerding out the entire night."

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