Williams: Dwayne Haskins needs to be at Redskins Park

The Fan News Desk
February 25, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The Redskins are expected to make a leap next season after a forgettable 2019 campaign. A new coaching regime is in place to change the culture at Redskins Park, and the improvement of 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins will be absolutely paramount.

Haskins' inaugural season had its ups and downs. With a mid-season coaching change, a Pro Bowl left tackle holding out, as well as a rash of injuries and an imposing schedule, the rookie quarterback's struggles were anticipated. Year No. 2 will be more defining in seeing what the former Ohio State star can do.

Redskins Senior VP of Player Development Doug Williams spoke with SiriusXM radio on Saturday about his signal caller's offseason regimen.

"I tell him all the time, 'I'm not your coach,'" Williams said. "I just try to tell him what he has to do to get him out of that mentality that I can just gallivant all over the place on the offseason, when really, you need to be here, trying to find out what I need to do for the season."

Williams' stance is nothing new. He knows how much potential Haskins has and witnessed his progression first-hand during the regular season.

Redskins VP of Personnel Kyle Smith told reporters Wednesday at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine Haskins has already begun planning offseason workouts with his receivers.

Williams spoke with media earlier this month about what Haskins has to focus on during the offseason.

"Dwayne has a long way to go," Williams told reporters. "But like I told him, he was doing what we expected him to do. He was ascending. Hopefully, the way he goes now, he keeps going up. All eyes are going to be on him. At the same time, you've got a new coaching staff and they're not married to him. ... He's got the ability to do what any coach wants him to do."

The Redskins are rebuilding this roster to compete, and next season will show what the future has in store.