On a day when Urban Meyer watched the Redskins from Washington owner Dan Snyder's suite, somehow the biggest names still came from the field. That's how good Dwayne Haskins played (let's forget the last play).
The rookie quarterback played his best game as a professional, throwing for more than 261 yards, a career-high. He connected on two first-half touchdowns to fellow rookies Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims, and Haskins - for most of the game - also showed plenty of quickness and good decision making with his feet, picking up more than 20 yards on the ground.
Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan named Haskins the starter in Buffalo, six weeks ago, and the performances have been inconsistent. He's shown his big arm but has struggled with accuracy. On Sunday against the Eagles, he looked like the same QB that threw 50 touchdowns last year at Ohio State.
More than just the statistics, Haskins remained poised behind the line of scrimmage and in command of the Redskins offense. Give credit to Washington offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell for a well designed game plan, as well as a solid rushing day from Adrian Peterson. Both those factors help Haskins get comfortable.
This was exactly the performance the Redskins needed to see from their rookie. Draft position alone would not necessarily guarantee that a new head coach would have full trust in Haskins next season, but now the front office and ownership can point to this game against the Eagles for not just potential but production.
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