Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins

Quarterback #7
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 231 lb.
College:Ohio State
Born:May 3, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 1 (15)
Draft Team:WAS

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

January 21, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

January 21, 2021 11:02 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

January 9, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 29, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 28, 2020 9:52 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 28, 2020 8:05 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 27, 2020 4:39 PM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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).

December 27, 2020 11:45 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 27, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 27, 2020 6:02 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: 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.

December 25, 2020 5:22 PM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Works again with first-team offense

Haskins handled first-team reps for a second consecutive practice Thursday, Julie Donaldson of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: At the same time, Alex Smith (calf) increased his activity level, progressing from throwing with the training staff on the side Wednesday to doing the same with receivers during individual drills one day later. Considering where the respective quarterbacks stand at the moment, Adam Schefter of ESPN speculated that Haskins is trending toward the start under center Sunday against the Panthers. Still, Washington has one practice and three days to make a definitive decision between Haskins and Smith.

December 24, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Taking first-team reps

Haskins took first-team reps at Wednesday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: According to Jhabvala, Washington and the NFL drew up a plan for Haskins to take part in practice while also joining his teammates in Zoom meetings after he broke COVID-19 protocols this weekend when social media posts showed him partying at a night club. Meanwhile, Alex Smith (calf) didn't take part in the team stretch Wednesday, instead throwing passes on the side, per Jhabvala. Washington remains hopeful Smith will return to practice this week and be able to start Sunday against the Panthers, but Haskins so far is setting himself up to be under center for that contest.

December 23, 2020 10:24 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Won't be cut after protocol violation

Washington has no plans to release Haskins after he violated the NFL's COVID-19 protocol Sunday, when he was spotted a nightclub without wearing a mask, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Photographs of Haskins partying at the club first surfaced on social media Monday, one day after he started in place of the injured Alex Smith (calf) in the Football Team's loss to the Seahawks. Haskins apologized for his actions Tuesday, but Washington is continuing to work with the NFL in determining a punishment for the 23-year-old, which could range from a maximum fine of one week's salary or up to a four-game suspension, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Washington is hopeful that Smith will be able to return to practice this week and start Sunday's game against the Panthers, but if Smith fails to progress as anticipated, Haskins' murky situation would leave the Football Team in even rougher shape at quarterback. Taylor Hoenicke is the No. 3 signal-caller on the roster, while Steven Montez looms on the practice squad as another option at the position.

December 22, 2020 9:25 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Mistake-prone in spot start

Haskins completed 38 of 55 passes for 295 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in Washington's 20-15 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 28 yards and fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Haskins had expressed confidence early in the week that he'd be a more collected presence under center after having had the opportunity observe veteran Alex Smith (calf) over several weeks. However, the second-year signal-caller's performance was reminiscent of some the rollercoaster efforts that earned him a demotion earlier in the campaign, with Haskins short-circuiting two drives in Seahawks territory with his pair of interceptions. Additionally, Haskins had to jump on his own fumble to prevent a third turnover, and although he led a long 14-play march late in the fourth quarter that had Washington in position for a possible go-ahead score, Haskins threw a pair of incomplete passes and took two sacks over Washington's last four plays from scrimmage. After the game Sam Fortier of the Washington Post reports that head coach Ron Rivera confirmed Smith would return to the starting job in a Week 16 matchup against the Panthers if he's healthy enough to do so.

December 20, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Getting first start since Week 4

Haskins will start Sunday's game against Seattle, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: After missing practice all week, Alex Smith (calf) was ruled out on the Friday injury report. Haskins is now set up for his first start since Week 4, following an uninspired performance filling in for the injured Smith during last week's 23-15 win over the 49ers. The 2019 first-round pick has completed only 60.8 percent of his passes for 6.3 YPA this season, with the same number of turnovers (five) as touchdowns.

December 18, 2020 11:07 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Takes first-team reps

Haskins directed the first-team offense at Wednesday's practice, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Alex Smith watched individual drills in the wake of suffering a strained right calf this past Sunday versus the 49ers. Haskins took over for Smith late in the second quarter but didn't fare well thereafter, completing seven of 12 passes for 51 yards and compiling minus-12 yards on four carries. There seems to be some optimism in Washington that Smith will be able to start Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but Haskins is on hand for spot duty, if needed.

December 16, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Struggles in relief duty

Haskins completed seven of 12 pass attempts for 51 yards and lost 12 yards on four carries during Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Haskins was called into action after Alex Smith (calf) suffered an injury in the second quarter. He completed just 58 percent of his passes and averaged just 4.3 yards per attempt with a long of just 13 yards. Smith's injury is not considered to be serious and he should start next Sunday's game against the Seahawks, pushing Haskins back to the bench.

December 13, 2020 5:42 PM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Still relegated to backup duties

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that Haskins is not being considered as a potential starter in place of Kyle Allen (ankle), Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Rivera said that it could benefit Haskins to "truly see how to prepare as a starter" by learning behind Alex Smith, who took over under center after Allen suffered a potentially season-ending dislocated ankle during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Giants. He did hint that the Haskins "may get his opportunity again," but for at least Week 10's upcoming matchup against Detroit, it doesn't appear that there will be any sort of competition between the 2019 first-round pick and smith. Haskins has been inactive since Week 4, but he could at least now have the opportunity to be available against Detroit.

November 9, 2020 7:44 AM EST

Dwayne Haskins: Healthy scratch against Giants

Haskins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Giants.

Analysis: With the team unable to move the sophomore signal-caller by the Nov. 3 trade deadline, Haskins has been relegated to the No. 3 seat in the QB room and tagged a healthy scratch for Sunday's NFC East tilt. It's been a quick fall for the 2019 first-round draft choice, having opened up 2020 as Washington's starting quarterback, but now sitting behind Kyle Allen and Alex Smith on gameday. Haskins threw to a 4:3 TD:INT with 234.8 passing yards per game Weeks 1 through 4 as Washington got out to a 1-3 record. He was sidelined briefly with an illness in mid-October and has yet to re-take the starting job.

November 8, 2020 9:01 AM EST

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