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Despite a few highlights Dwayne Haskins knows his play 'wasn't good enough'

Despite a few highlights Dwayne Haskins knows his play 'wasn't good enough'

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played poorly on Sunday, throwing an awful interception in the second half and missing some opportunities throughout the game. 

He got sacked six times, so not everything was on him, and the Redskins run game was largely ineffective too. Still, after an encouraging performance in Washington's last game in Buffalo, Haskins disappointed in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets. The young quarterback admitted as much after the game. 

"It was okay," Haskins said of his play, where he completed 19 of 35 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. 

"It wasn’t good enough."

True words from the rookie, but what gets tough is to reconcile his full showing against the Jets. At halftime Haskins had fewer than 60 yards passing and most of his throws missed the mark significantly. His completions early on largely came at or around the line of scrimmage. His first half was a gigantic step back from the Buffalo game.

In the second half, he found some success, including a 45-yard touchdown throw to Derrius Guice that came on a screen pass. He also connected with Terry McLaurin on a 41-yard deep ball. 

"It’s tough. You have guys who have been in the league a long time. As a young dude with a new voice, you have to earn their trust," Haskins said. "You have to earn that ability to ask for what you see out there. As the game went on telling them what I want and what I think would help us make plays. They started listening to me. I have to keep earning that.”

Haskins' success did not come until Washington was trailing by more than four touchdowns. The Jets were mostly playing base defense. He eventually made plays, but they occurred long after the game had been decided. For Redskins fans, that makes a bit of a conundrum. Was Haskins' late surge impressive, or the result of a game already lost?

Put simply: In a lost season where the only thing that matters is the quarterback's long-term development, do garbage time stats matter? Does garbage time even exist in a garbage season? Bad football shouldn't create an existential crisis, but in a way, it has. Haskins was bad most of the game, except at the end, when he wasn't. Almost.

Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan didn't have much of an answer after the game.

"I think Dwayne's learning. This will be a great learning experience for him and he'll get better from it," Callahan said. "We all have those experiences in life where we fail and don't do as well. Then you come out of it learning a little bit more about yourself about, what you can do better and take it to the practice field."

Learning. Progression. The words exist but it's hard to know if they accurately describe Haskins' play. The Redskins scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game that was lost by halftime. 

Was that growth? Whatever it was, for Haskins, it wasn't good enough. The rookie quarterback said so himself. 

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Terry McLaurin hauls in incredible TD grab, his first from Dwayne Haskins

Terry McLaurin hauls in incredible TD grab, his first from Dwayne Haskins

The highlight reel from rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin continues to grow.

Late in the fourth quarter with the Redskins threatening, McLaurin ran an inside post route towards the center of the end zone. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who played much of Sunday's contest with a sprained ankle, threw a dart to McLaurin, but the pass was slightly behind him.

What McLaurin did next was incredible. The rookie rose up, stuck his left arm back and hauled in Haskins' pass with one hand for a 13-yard touchdown.

The touchdown was McLaurin's sixth of the season, and the first from Haskins, his fellow rookie and former Ohio State teammate. McLaurin finished with four receptions, 57 yards and the touchdown.

McLaurin's touchdown trimmed the Packers lead to just five with just over a minute remaining in the game, but the Redskins failed to convert the two-point conversion.

The Packers easily recovered the Redskins onside kick attempt, and with the Redskins out of timeouts, Aaron Rodgers was able to take a pair of snaps from victory formation to seal the Packers 20-15 win.

The loss officially eliminated Washington from playoff contention, but Redskins fans should be encouraged with what they saw from McLaurin, as well as Haskins' toughness playing through injury.

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In first game back from a concussion, Ryan Kerrigan leaves Packers game with calf injury

In first game back from a concussion, Ryan Kerrigan leaves Packers game with calf injury

Ryan Kerrigan is all of a sudden having some injury problems.

The Redskins' pass rusher, who played in 139 games to begin his NFL career, missed his first-ever contest in Week 13 against the Panthers due to a concussion. 

He returned in Week 14 against the Packers, having cleared concussion protocol. However, that return didn't last long. 

Kerrigan was forced to exit the second half of Washington's matchup in Green Bay with what was being called a calf injury. No. 91 motioned to the sidelines after a play in the third quarter and had to be helped off. After spending some time in the team's medical tent, he was ruled out.

While Kerrigan's leg issue was initially labeled as a calf concern, it may potentially be worse. The fact that he immediately called for trainers could mean it's something more: 

The 31-year-old is in the second to last season of his contract with the Redskins. He sacked Aaron Rodgers in the first half of Sunday's game to move within one sack of the franchise record.

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