Portis says Haskins should sit this season

Ben Krimmel
August 09, 2019 - 1:58 pm

Washington Redskins fans got their first glimpse of first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins Thursday night vs. the Cleveland Browns.

And former Skins running back Clinton Portis told Grant & Danny Friday there were good signs of things to come, but also some worrying signs.

"We knew he had a beautiful pass, that first pass, that opening pass of the game gave you all the hope in everything that you wish for in getting him," Portis said on 106.7 The Fan. 

"And then you had some mistakes. You know, the underthrown ball, you threw the ball inside instead of the outside shoulder when you're throwing the wheel route or a go-route, you want to the ball on the outside shoulder. And coming up the seem on the verticals on the interception that was overthrown, when he misses he tends to miss deep," he added. "So, that stuff you can work out. The interceptions are gonna happen."

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But, Portis believes Haskins is not ready to be the Redskins' starting quarterback ahead of veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy

"Well, I think you should let Haskins sit," Portis told The Fan. "And I said you shouldn't put Haskins on the field before the bye week. And listening to Joe Theismann on the call, Joe feels similar. He said you shouldn't put him on the field before next year."

"I think it's kind of agreed upon that Haskins should sit, he should rest, he should be able to pick up the game because he's going to grow so much. You have Case, who's a proven quarterback, you have Colt coming back from an injury, who's a proven quarterback, let those guys play," Portis said.

Portis added that there is special pressure in Washington as a city specifically.

"There's no rush to throw Haskins into the situation because in this city if Haskins goes out and has failure early on and this city turns against him by Week 5 or Week 6 because you have a tough schedule," Portis said on Grant & Danny. "I don't care who's your quarterback, you could get Drew Brees or bring Peyton Manning back, with those first five games it's gonna be really tough to win those games. So, why put Haskins in that fire? Those are gonna equate to losses.

"And if he fails and you're 0-5 or you're 1-4, and everyone's like, 'Oh, boo, boo!' What do you do, go out and draft another quarterback next year?"

The plan is simple: "Give him the opportunity to grow, to get better, and wait for the package, there's no rush. There's no speed delivery. Allow him to grow and become the quarterback that you saw and you drafted."

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Portis did say there was a great deal of value in Haskins taking some licks in his NFL debut.

"His overall play, you want to see how he reacted to pressure in his face. And I think he had a clean shot at one point where he ends up standing in there to take that shot and you don't want to see quarterbacks taking shots, but this was his first live-action. And I think he has three games to grow and show you more," Portis said on 106.7 The Fan. 

"This was the starting point," Portis said. "You just want to see growth between that. Because now you actually get film to go out and measure Dwayne. And say, 'Hey, this is what we need to work on or look at this.'"

"When you're in practice and you're practicing against your team, it's schemed up, all ready for you to succeed. When you're playing against a live defense and live rounds and you've got d-ends chasing you and d-tackles (that are) looking to do a snack dance when they get a sack, you have to be ready," he said.

But for the Redskins rookie passer the pregame jitters from the first game are now out of his system, Portis said.

"It will all slow down, to him, next week," he told Grant & Danny.

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