Under a microscope, Dwayne Haskins' rookie campaign left much to be desired. Early struggles on the field were proceeded by some promising moments in the final weeks of the season, but his overall body of work wasn't the most perfect start.
However, when the curtain is pulled back, it becomes clear that there were other factors that led to some poor showings. As one former NFL coach explained, Haskins was forced into a messed up situation that included a coach that didn't want to groom a young quarterback and a franchise filled with dysfunction. Prior to 2020, he wasn't in the right environment to grow.
Now, the second-year quarterback appears to have the right support around him and a real opportunity to let his play show on the field. So, to the critics who disregarded Haskins after a few bad games in 2019, he only has one thing to say.
"Watch me work."
Haskins commented that on NBC Sports Washington's JP Finaly's Instagram post that relayed the comment the anonymous head coach had made about Haskins' situation in 2019. Whether he faces criticism or praise, Haskins is now saying that he wants his work on the field to do the talking.
Based on his offseason, he's been doing just that. The quarterback has worked out with numerous big-name players, lost weight and consistently looked great in videos detailing his past few months of training.
Now, with an open competition at quarterback, Haskins will need to carry that work ethic into training camp and the season. As he begins his second year in the NFL, one thing is clear: he's not going to let the critics or situation define him. Instead, he'll just go out and show who he really is on the field.
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