Dwayne Haskins

Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #7
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #7

Dwayne Haskins News

Tops 100 yards in preseason start

Haskins completed nine of 16 passes for 108 yards, a touchdown and an interception while also rushing three times for six yards in Friday's 34-9 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Haskins drew the start Friday since Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph were held out of the game, and he played the entire first half. The 24-year-old also saw additional playing time late in the contest after Joshua Dobbs suffered a toe injury. However, he failed to generate much offensive production while playing 62 percent of the snaps. Following the game, coach Mike Tomlin said, "It wasn't the performance he wanted or we wanted." Rudolph appears to have secured the job as the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback, while Haskins may be on the roster bubble ahead of the regular season following inconsistent play during the preseason.

Aug 28, 2021 9:14 AM EST

Starting Friday night

Haskins will start Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: At first glance, it might sounds like good news for Haskins, but Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com relays that it likely means Mason Rudolph has locked up the No. 2 QB job (he'll be rested Friday night). It's now between Haskins and Joshua Dobbs for the third spot.

Aug 25, 2021 9:37 AM EST

Plays tertiary role Saturday

Haskins completed four of seven passes for 56 yards in Saturday's 26-20 preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: Haskins led three touchdown drives during the Steelers' second preseason game against the Eagles, but he didn't enter Saturday's exhibition contest until late in the game since Ben Roethlisberger started at quarterback. The 2019 first-rounder was less productive than Mason Rudolph, who was on the field for 50 percent of the team's snaps and completed 13 of 18 passes for 138 yards. Haskins will likely see more action in Friday's preseason finale against the Panthers, but he appears to be behind Rudolph in the competition for the backup quarterback job.

Aug 22, 2021 10:30 AM EST

Leads three TD drives

Haskins completed 16 of 22 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown to go with two rushing attempts for minus-5 yards in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Haskins threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson in the third quarter and also orchestrated a pair of drives culminating with one-yard touchdown runs, which were scored by Anthony McFarland and Jaylen Samuels. The offense looked much more dynamic with Haskins and Pittsburgh's backups against the Eagles' backup defenders than it did with Mason Rudolph and the starters against Philadelphia's starting defense. Haskins has likely made up some ground on Rudolph in the competition for the backup quarterback job, and the 2019 first-round pick will likely see some action with the starters in next week's preseason tilt against Detroit, especially if the Steelers continue to hold Ben Roethlisberger out.

Aug 12, 2021 9:00 PM EST

Set for similar role Thursday

Haskins is expected to close out the first half in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old finished the first half in the Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys, and he completed eight of his 13 passes for 54 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Mason Rudolph will start once again in Thursday's exhibition contest as the two quarterbacks compete to serve as Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup, while Joshua Dobbs will relieve Haskins in the second half to close out the game. Although Rudolph drew the start in the Hall of Fame Game, Haskins led the team's quarterbacks by playing 41 percent of the offensive snaps.

Aug 10, 2021 11:26 PM EST

Sees extended action Thursday

Haskins completed eight of 13 passes for 54 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for four yards during the Steelers' 16-3 preseason win over the Cowboys in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.

Analysis: The 2019 15th overall pick officially began his journey toward what he and the Steelers hope is a career revival by getting an extended opportunity to man the Steelers offense beginning late in the first half. Haskins averaged a modest 4.2 yards per attempt, but unlike the player he's battling for the No. 2 quarterback job, Mason Rudolph, he did not commit any turnovers. The job battle between the two players figures to run through the balance of preseason, and Haskins may eventually get a chance to work with multiple first-team wideouts in at least one preseason game, as was the case with Rudolph on Thursday.

Aug 5, 2021 8:17 PM EST

Playing time mapped out Thursday

Haskins is expected to finish the first half in Thursday night's Hall of Fame game against Dallas, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: While Mason Rudolph will start Thursday's preseason opener, Haskins should still receive ample playing time before Joshua Dobbs enters the contest to finish the second half. Haskins has taken plenty of snaps across the first several days of training camp and has drawn praise from coach Mike Tomlin. "He's grown by leaps and bounds," Tomlin said. "He's done a good job of communicating with players and coaches and gaining a rapport with the receivers, trying to do the things we want him to do." Since the Steelers figure to use Ben Roethlisberger sparingly in the preseason ahead of his age-39 campaign, Haskins should have plenty of chances to compete with Rudolph and Dobbs for the No. 2 job at quarterback.

Aug 4, 2021 3:31 PM EST

Busy at practice

Haskins took a lot of snaps during Friday's practice, with coach Mike Tomlin explaining that he wanted to allot more work to players that will have significant roles in the Hall of Fame Game against Dallas on Aug. 5, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It seems a little early to start preparing for a preseason game, but Tomlin apparently disagrees, or else is using it as a convenient excuse for limiting Ben Roethlisberger's workload at Friday's practice. Regardless, Haskins apparently has recovered from the facial injury he suffered this summer, and he should see a good number of snaps in the Hall of Fame Game, competing with Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs for the backup QB job in Pittsburgh.

Jul 23, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Suffers offseason injury

Haskins suffered a facial injury in early July when he was allegedly assaulted by his wife at a Las Vegas hotel, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Haskins' wife faces a domestic violence charge following the July 3 incident that led to the quarterback heading to the hospital due to a split upper lip and other injuries to his mouth that required dental work. The Steelers said Thursday that they are aware of the situation but didn't offer a comment. Haskins signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh in January, and it's not yet clear whether his injuries will impact his availability for the start of training camp.

Jul 15, 2021 5:59 PM EST

Signs with Steelers

Haskins signed a contract with the Steelers on Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This represents a fresh start for the 2019 first-rounder, who was released by the Washington Football Team this past December. With the signing of Haskins, Pryor notes that the Steelers "signal they're focusing on a future without Ben Roethlisberger -- either this year or soon after." The team's long-time QB has one year left on his deal, but his 2021 status has yet to be cemented. With Josh Dobbs set to become a free agent this offseason, Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph and Haskins are the signal-callers Pittsburgh currently has under contract for next season.

Jan 21, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Expected to join Steelers

The Steelers are reportedly poised to sign Haskins, according to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com.

Analysis: Per the report, the 2019 first-rounder, who was let go by Washington in December, is meeting with Pittsburgh's coaches, and "if all goes well, a deal will be hammered out." The team currently has Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph under contract for the 2021 campaign and adding Haskins to the mix would give the Steelers a player with some upside to develop behind the 38-year-old Roethlisberger, who's tentatively expected back next season.

Jan 21, 2021 11:02 AM EST

Will visit Carolina

Haskins will visit the Panthers on Monday, independent NFL reporter Josina Andersonreports.

Analysis: Haskins was cut loose by Washington after playing the past two seasons with the team. The exploratory visit could potentially turn into a signing for the quarterback, who completed 60.1 percent of his 444 passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during his time in Washington.

Jan 9, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Goes unclaimed on waivers

Haskins passed through waivers unclaimed Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Haskins had a tumultuous first two seasons as a professional, much of it self-inflicted. In his 16-game sample on the field with Washington -- including 13 starts -- he completed 60.1 percent of his 444 passes for 2,804 yards (6.3 YPA), 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Haskins also didn't contribute much on the ground (40 carries for 147 yards and one TD) and lost five of his 12 fumbles. While he's unlikely to get a chance with another NFL team so late in the season, some organizations have already shown interest in the 23-year-old signal-caller, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Dec 29, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Cut loose by Washington

The Football Team waived Haskins on Monday.

Analysis: The writing seemed to be on the wall after Haskins' poor performance during last weekend's loss to the Panthers (154 passing yards, three turnovers) led to his being demoted to the No. 3 role for a second time this season, but it's nonetheless surprising to see a first-round pick receive such a short tenure. Just 20 months ago, Washington selected the former Ohio State star 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins has started 16 games in his career, a sample size equivalent to a full season. In that span, he has just 2,804 passing yards, a 60 percent completion ratio, a 12:14 TD:INT and 6.3 yards per attempt. Any team that claims Haskins off waivers would inherit his fully-guaranteed $4.3 million salary over the next two years.

Dec 28, 2020 9:52 AM EST

Back to third-string gig

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Taylor Heinicke, rather than Haskins, would start Week 17 if Alex Smith (calf) remains sidelined, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rivera pulled Haskins during Washington's final two drives of last Sunday's loss to Carolina, at which point the 2019 first-round pick had three turnovers, no touchdowns and only 154 passing yards. Heinicke managed to spark a bit of life into the Football Team's offense in limited action, throwing for 137 yards and a touchdown while avoiding any interceptions. A combination of off-field issues and lackluster play appears to have lost Haskins' the trust of his coaching staff, and it seems unlikely he sees the field again this season.

Dec 28, 2020 8:05 AM EST

Pulled in fourth quarter

Haskins completed 14 of 28 pass attempts for 154 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 16 against the Panthers.

Analysis: Haskins was pulled midway through the fourth quarter, as Washington desperately tried to recover from a 20-6 deficit. As could be implied from the score, Haskins struggled to get the offense moving. He also had three turnovers, one of which led directly to a touchdown for the Panthers. With the NFC East title on the line in a Week 17 matchup against Eagles, it seems unlikely that Haskins will be under center.

Dec 27, 2020 4:39 PM EST

Another spot start

Haskins will serve as Washington's starting quarterback Sunday versus the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: During a week in which Haskins faced scrutiny for attending a night club in violation of COVID-19 protocols, Haskins will get another chance to lead the Football Team's offense with Alex Smith dealing with a strained right calf. Smith himself isn't active, allowing Haskins to face a Carolina defense that ranks 18th against the pass (239.7 yards per game).

Dec 27, 2020 11:45 AM EST

Slated to start Sunday

Washington will start Haskins at quarterback Sunday against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Football Team had been hopeful that Alex Smith would be ready to return from a one-game absence after he practiced fully Friday, but the signal-caller's strained calf is apparently still preventing him from doing everything he needs to do to run the offense effectively. As a result, Haskins will pick up his second start in a row, with the Football Team expected to make Smith inactive while having Taylor Heinicke and Steven Montez dress as backup options, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. Haskins completed 38 of 55 attempts for 295 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while adding 28 yards on the ground in Washington's Week 15 loss to the 49ers.

Dec 27, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Trending toward Week 16 start

Haskins appears to be the leading candidate to start at quarterback Sunday against the Panthers, as Washington continues to have concern that top signal-caller Alex Smith (calf) -- who is listed as questionable -- won't be able to do "everything he needs to do to be effective," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After starting in place of Smith in last week's loss to the 49ers, Haskins found in himself in the midst of controversy after he violated the NFL's COVID-19 protocols when he was spotted at a nightclub without wearing a mask, but he avoided a suspension and was instead subjected to a $40,000 fine and stripped of his team captaincy. Haskins continued to take the starter's reps at practice through Thursday before Smith returned to full participation Friday and resumed taking most of the reps with the first-team offense. Smith thus appeared poised to slot back in as the Week 16 starter, but his strained calf is apparently still presenting issues for him, which could force the Football Team to turn to Haskins for a second straight game. Expect Washington to put Smith through a pregame workout before a decision on his status is made, but even if the veteran is active for the contest, he may only be available to serve as an emergency backup to Haskins.

Dec 27, 2020 6:02 AM EST

May still start Sunday

Haskins' position mate Alex Smith (calf) took most of the reps with the first-team offense Friday but is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: After logging limited sessions both Wednesday and Thursday, Smith increased his activity level enough Friday to be considered a full participant. Having said that, coach Ron Rivera will wait to see how Smith's balky right calf feels Saturday before making a decision about Washington's starting quarterback for Week 16. Prior to Friday's session, Haskins worked with the first-teamers in preparation to start if called upon, and the fact Smith's status remains in question means the second-year signal-caller still has a chance to be under center once Sunday's contest kicks off at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Dec 25, 2020 5:22 PM EST

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