This time last year one persistent question thrown at then Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins came about his mobility. Or more accurately, his lack of mobility.
After one season in the NFL, Haskins answered that he's got way more mobility than most expected. In seven starts in 2019, Haskins ran for more than 100 yards and averaged 5 yards-per-carry.
He's never going to be confused for Buffalo's Josh Allen or Arizona's Kyler Murray, but Haskins is far from a stiff pocket statue that some made him out to be before the 2019 NFL Draft. For example, watch this play from last season against the Jets. That's an athlete at quarterback.
Dwayne Haskins played better down the back stretch of the season. One of the biggest reasons was pocket comfort. He wasn’t as hesitant with climbing into the eye of the storm to make throws. pic.twitter.com/XrGDvXlaTy— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) May 9, 2020
And in 2020, it looks like Haskins could be moving even faster.
In a recent interview on the Redskins Talk podcast, Haskins looked noticeably slimmer than the 2019 season, and earlier this week on social media Haskins said he had his weight down to 220 lbs. Last year he was listed at 231 lbs.
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) May 14, 2020
An ESPN report also showed that Haskins lowered his body fat last season from 17 percent to 13 percent, another reason to believe he should have increased mobility this fall.
Looking back at Haskins 2019 pre-draft profile the term "limited mobility" and the phrase "athletic limitations could keep him pocket-bound" painted a picture of a quarterback unable to evade pressure or make plays with his feet. Look, Haskins isn't Lamar Jackson, but he's not Drew Bledsoe either. He already proved as a rookie he can move.
The best comparison for Haskins' mobility might be an evolved version of Ben Roethlisberger. Nobody ever would call Big Ben a runner, but he had the size and strength to keep plays alive in the pocket and the mobility and vision to do so outside the pocket. Haskins has a similar skill set.
Make no mistake, Haskins' best attribute will always be his rocket right arm, but it looks like he's working hard to have his legs keep up.
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