Ron Rivera might be hesitant to name Dwayne Haskins the Washington starting quarterback but right tackle Morgan Moses did not hold back with his praise of the second-year QB.
"Seeing his change, knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 QB has probably been the most impressive thing from a rookie guy that some had written off," Moses said on Friday.
Speaking on a Zoom call with local reporters, Moses explained that Haskins' growth and improved confidence stand out compared to his rookie season. Last year it was understandable that at times Haskins would struggle with play calls or specific offensive concepts, but this year, he's taken command.
"You can hear every word he says in the huddle. Those are the things he might have struggled with the year before," Moses said. "He's developed that mental aspect of his game."
Haskins struggled mightily early on as a rookie in a messy situation. As the year progressed and he got some understanding of life in the NFL, he improved. By the end of the season Haskins played his best football, and this offseason, it seems he's used that momentum to prepare for a big 2020 year.
"He did a great job of turning himself around this offseason," Moses said.
While the team was unable to practice or run through organized football activities, Haskins did work out with some of the Washington wide receivers in the offseason. He also shed weight and added muscle and impressed the new coaching staff with his command of the playbook. Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner talked earlier this offseason about quizzing Haskins, and that the former Ohio State star nailed the questions.
In the end, however, winning the offseason won't matter. It's about what Haskins can do on the field this fall that will determine his future in Washington.
Moses said that every player in the locker room has plenty to prove this fall, to themselves and to the new coaching staff, and that includes Haskins. The biggest takeaway though is that Haskins has done his best to put himself in a position to succeed. Coaches noticed, and now players are too.
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