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NFL expert: No quarterback is in a worse situation than Dwayne Haskins

NFL expert: No quarterback is in a worse situation than Dwayne Haskins

Despite having just nine NFL appearances to his name, Dwayne Haskins is becoming quite the polarizing figure.

Some look at what the 2019 first-round pick did as a rookie and see some really standout plays, moments that act as little snippets that hint at what he could become even if his basic stats aren't promising. They note how poised he was in the pocket and compliment how he protected the football better than his young peers.

Those on the pro-Haskins side essentially say that, as long as you pay attention to the right areas, you'll come across the talent and potential he possesses. They also expect the talent and potential to be more apparent in 2020.

Not everyone is holding their breath for that, though. In the anti-Haskins camp, there are analysts who wonder if he can even beat out Kyle Allen to start for Washington this year. Others think he will beat out Allen — only to cede the job to him after a handful of weeks.

Overall, the latter group just doesn't anticipate Haskins working out in the Burgundy and Gold, whether that's because they aren't high on his skill set, aren't high on the Redskins as a whole, or aren't high on the combination of the two.

Count's Gregg Rosenthal among the second bunch. Actually, make's Gregg Rosenthal the leader of that crew.

During a recent episode of the Around the NFL podcast, Rosenthal delivered the following scorching line of analysis.

"No quarterback in the league, I think if you look at whole situation — offensive line, coach, receivers, everything — I don't know if anyone has a worse situation than Dwayne Haskins," he said. "He is set up to fail."


Much like when ESPN's Bill Barnwell labeled Haskins a "loser" of the offseason a few weeks ago, Rosenthal's criticism is grounded. Well, it is on the surface, anyway.

As the presumptive starter, Haskins will largely be tasked with turning around an offense that scored the fewest points in the sport last year for a team that went 3-13. That's a bad situation.

But is it really the worst in the league? And is he being set up to fail? Those statements feel hyperbolic. 

Haskins' new head coach, for one, appears to fully be in the QB's corner. This is the same head coach who supported Cam Newton through everything Newton faced in Carolina. Ron Rivera is a very important part of the equation, as is the presence of offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

As for the offense itself, yes, it's a weak one on paper. However, it's not like the organization has completely ignored it the last few months.

Up front, they signed Cornelius Lucas and drafted Saahdiq Charles in an attempt to shore up left tackle as best as they could. As for the skill positions, they drafted Antonio Gibson and Antonio Gandy-Golden, and brought in a few other role players to round out running back and tight end. They even made a heavy run at Amari Cooper, before ultimately losing out to the Cowboys for his services.

Overall, the Redskins seem ready to let Haskins attack 2020, a major gesture for a franchise that's entering a new era and easily could've moved on from him.

That alone suggests they aren't exactly setting him up to fail like Rosenthal said; instead, they're setting him up to determine his own future. The rest will be up to him, which is all any pro could ever want. 

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SEE IT: Antonio Gandy-Golden makes incredible one-handed catch on pass from Dwayne Haskins

SEE IT: Antonio Gandy-Golden makes incredible one-handed catch on pass from Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins has spent the offseason working on his craft with so many wide receivers it's hard to keep track of all the names. Antonio Brown, Jerry Jeudy, Chad Johnson and Terry McLaurin are just some of the names he's connected with as he prepares for Year 2 in the league. 

One player he hadn't worked with yet was Washington's fourth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Antonio-Gandy Golden. That is until now.

Videos have circulated on social media of Gandy-Golden joining Haskins for the latest round of training, and the two look like they already have some strong chemistry.

As good as that looks, you may be thinking "okay, but let's see how they look when there are defenders involved." Well, this is what happened when Haskins worked with Gandy-Golden in coverage. Hint: it's even better than the first clip.

Note: There is profanity in the video.

That's right, just your casual one-handed grab, no big deal. A replica of that in the end zone during Sundays this season is something Washington fans -- and Ron Rivera -- would love to see.


When it comes to the receiving core in Washington, Terry McLaurin has established himself as the clear-cut first option. But besides that, Haskins is still in search of consistent targets. Gandy-Golden is young and will need to adjust to the defense and route-running at the professional level, but there's no reason he can't eventually assert himself as a main target.

The more he and Haskins can work together to build a sense of familiarity, and the more insane catches he can make, the brighter the future will be in Washington. 



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SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

The Washington Football to Red Wolves transition has gained an unreal amount of support -- and not just via social media, but nationwide. 

It now seems as though the concept has another supporter, specifically of this particular style and color scheme, QB Dwayne Haskins.

Take a look.

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Howl to the #Redwolves? (Concept done by @catchtheblitz)

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If you look closely in the comments you'll see the 23-year-old chime in with his thoughts. 

"Not gone hold you. I can fw this," Haskins said. 

In this setting, it is used as a term of favoritism for said post.


Moving past the QBs comments, the concept is extremely clean, maintains the Burgandy and Gold color scheme that so many fans yearn to maintain, and keeps the #HTTR hashtag intact (sort of). 

While none of us actually know what the name may be, we do know which name some key players on the roster favor.

Just saying.