We saw a little bit of everything from Dwayne Haskins in his first NFL action last week against the Browns. Early in his appearance, he made two throws that showed exactly why the Redskins drafted him 15th overall.
His first completion came off of a play-action bootleg:
That’s a 35-yard bullet on the move that Haskins delivered with ease.
Two plays later, he stood tall in the pocket and fired another accurate pass downfield, this time into the cover-2 hole:
Again, you can see that the physical talent is there. Haskins has plenty of big plays in that arm, and we’ll likely see Jay Gruden find ways to stretch the field with him when he does get the chance to play this season.
Unfortunately for the Redskins, Haskins also displayed some of the same issues with his vision and decision-making that would get him into trouble at times in college.
On Haskins’ first of two interceptions, the Redskins were trying to hit running back Byron Marshall on a wheel route against Browns linebacker Mack Wilson. The hope was that Wilson would be pinned inside by the X-receiver’s route, leaving the wheel open downfield for a big play.
Wilson was able to avoid the traffic and get on top of the wheel route, though. Marshall was not open, but Haskins threw it anyway. It looked like Haskins made up his mind to throw this ball regardless of the linebacker’s positioning. The result was a pick-6:
Haskins’ next interception came on another forced pass. This time, he was trying to hit tight end Matt Flanagan down the seam on first down:
There was really no point where Flanagan looked to be open. Given that it was first down, there was just over a minute remaining in the half, and the Redskins had three timeouts remaining, there was no reason to attempt such a risky throw.
The common theme on both of Haskins’ interceptions was that he did not read the field and respond accordingly. He forced the ball, and the results weren’t pretty.
Haskins isn’t the first rookie quarterback to predetermine his throws and force ill-advised passes, especially in his first ever NFL game action. However, when he did get into trouble at Ohio State, it was because of similar types of mistakes. This is an area he will need to improve to be successful at the NFL level.