JUNKIES: Growing pains worth it for Skins to start Haskins?

Ben Krimmel
May 25, 2019 - 3:30 pm

Yes, it is early. 

Yes, it is just Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer and fans won't see the Washington Redskins play a game that counts until after Labor Day, the unofficial close of summer. 

But... is it too early to start thinking about what it might look like to see Dwayne Haskins as the Skins starter? Never!

"(It is) very possible that Dwayne makes rookie mistakes," The Sports Junkies' Eric Bickel said Friday. "But even in like preseason and everything, I mean, he looks a little off. Looks a little like the game's a little too big for him right now, it's possible."

The Junkies agree Haskins may not start right away, but all expect him to get time under-center very soon. And all of them are predicting interceptions.

The extra early predictions: J.P Flaim's tally for Haskins was 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Jason Bishop predicted a more modest return of 10 scores and 12 picks in limited action. And the Oracle of Bickel landed on 15 TDs and 18 INTs.

"That's a ton of interceptions," Flaim said to Bickel.

"Well, it's a hard league," Bickel countered. "You're asking me to make a projection on something I've seen nothing of." 

But Haskins, who has been impressive at Redskins OTAs, has a growing number of fans around the NFL and you can add former NFL quarterback Chris Simms to that list.

WATCH: Why Big Ten analyst is impressed with Haskins

"I love his game," Simms said. "He's got a lot of things that excite me as a thrower and as a quarterback.

"I mention, he reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. (Haskins') arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms added.

Earlier this week, ESPN's John Keim told The Junks Haskins' arm strength has and skillset has impressed the Redskins.

"The skillset was always something that they were impressed with, and I think that's jumped out during these practices," Keim said on 106.7 The Fan. "And I think the personality, too. Haskins has a pretty good personality, guys seem to respond to him and like him."

Simms went on to say the rookie QB "has big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 

To connect the projection by Bickel to the educated analysis of Simms: The player who led the NFL in interceptions last season... Ben Roethlisberger. 

Feel free to add Simms to another list, too: People with connections to the New York Giants who are excited about the Washington Redskins' first-round selection.

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