Promise, picks, and protection issues define Haskins' debut

Ben Krimmel
August 10, 2019 - 3:38 pm

Washington Redskins fans got to see their team in action for the first time since a 24-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on the penultimate day of 2018 and the results were mixed.

With most of the offensive and defensive starters being held out, the top storyline of the preseason opener in Cleveland was the disappointing performance by the offensive line and the uneven day under center by Washington's top draft pick Dwayne Haskins. 

Friday on The Sports Junkies, ESPN's John Keim said Haskins debut showed there is still a long way to go before the youngster is ready to see regular-season action, saying Haskins showed a lot of talent but still has a lot to learn. 

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Keim highlighted Haskins throws but said there he is still a work in progress when it comes to understanding what it takes to work under center in the NFL, as opposed to the style of offense he ran at Ohio State University.

"Then you also saw some protection issues," he told The Junks. "And then sometimes the operation of getting in and out of the huddle, for the most part, I thought that was OK, getting out of (the huddle) in enough time, but there were some times early on where you'd see him trying to make an alert call and or change something when it was deep in the play clock and you leave yourself in a vulnerable position to false starts or to mistakes."

The Redskins should build for long term success, Keim said on 106.7 The Fan, and will build off what they saw from Haskins in Cleveland.

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