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Rushing Dwayne Haskins may create more harm than help

Rushing Dwayne Haskins may create more harm than help

For some, deciding whether or not to start Dwayne Haskins comes down to a simple principle. If he looks the best and shows he can give the Redskins the best chance to win games, the job is his. Just ask JP Finlay, Pete Hailey, Brian Mitchell and Mike Florio. In one explanation or another, they've all expressed that way of thinking.

Yet much like their name, NBC Sports Washington's The Outsiders Nick Ashooh and Wes Hall are not a part of that crowd. They both believe that sending Haskins out there from the get-go is not what's best for the rookie, though they have different reasons as to why.

For Ashooh, part of his reasoning stems from who the Redskins will face in the opening weeks. A daunting schedule that features the Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, Giants and Patriots through the first weeks is a tough stretch for any quarterback to handle, much less one that has never played in a regular season game before.

"I send out Case Keenum as the sacrificial lamb for that gauntlet of a start to the schedule. I wait till after the bye week, I wait for the Dolphins maybe," Ashooh said. "Then if Haskins looks ready, that's when he goes."

It is important to take into account the fact that the schedule on paper isn't everything, which Ashooh did. Just because it looks to be challenging based on preconceived notions and past results, things could potentially be a lot different by the time the teams hit the field. But, if it proves to be as rough as many predict, he is worried that early struggles could negatively impact how Haskins' mentality.

While the physical improvements can be made, battling back mentally from a poor start is something he'd like to see Haskins avoid.

"I just don't want him out there right away and then playing poorly the first couple of games at the beginning of the season and then he loses all of his confidence," Ashooh said. "Confidence, the mental side of sports, is very important."

Wes Hall agrees that starting Haskins Week 1is not what he would do. However, he doesn't see the teams in front of Haskins as the main problem since the entire Redskins schedule is challenging throughout all 16 weeks. Instead, he doesn't want Haskins on the field because of what lies immediately in front of him on every single snap. 

"Solve the other problems that need to be addressed first, like the offensive line. Just starting there alone. I figure if you put the kid out there too soon with holes in the offensive line, you're only setting him up for disaster," Hall said. "Take your time with him, he's your quarterback of the future, right? Drafted for the future, you got Case Keenum now."

Even if Haskins looks to be the guy heading into Week 1 The Outsiders are fine with continuing to let him sit, as Hall would be content with Haskins not playing a single snap this regular season. Whether it be because of the competition or the holes surrounding him, both don't see the need to rush the rookie into a potentially bad situation when there is a veteran quarterback capable of wading through those waters.

"You don't have to rush these rookie quarterbacks," Ashooh said. "Even if he looks better in training camp than everybody else, you don't have to rush this kid out Week 1."

"If I don't have to, there's no reason to rush him," Hall said. "There are too many other things that need to be worked on."

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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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