Dwayne Haskins needs to learn when to tame his 'live arm'

Chris Lingebach
November 27, 2019 - 11:40 am

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed great improvement in finding open receivers in Sunday's win over Detroit. Now, Santana Moss says, the rookie needs to learn when to take a little off the ball.

"This week, he played better when it comes to finding the guys, but he just overthrew 'em," Moss said during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance with Chad Dukes, presented by Paul Henry's Windows.

"He was a little erratic at times," Moss said. "And you can probably blame that on the weather or him saying he banged his wrist up a little bit. Who knows? But I can say that having a win out of that performance, to me, I will take it. But if we would have lost that game, there would have been a lot of folks calling in saying that he was the reason because of some of those throws."

"Now I'm okay with him because he gave our guys a chance to catch that ball, and not their guys, and knowing that they had a good guy in (cornerback Darius) Slay that was covering Terry a lot, you don't want to put the ball up in the wrong area and have that guy coming down with it," he said. "So I give him a little nod of that.

"And you know what, one of the things I liked too, man, is that he went out there and, regardless of all those situations where we had guys wide open and he missed them, he still came back and made up for some of those and got the ball in those guys' hands when the time was needed. Just getting a win out of an ugly performance by him."

Haskins completed 13 of 29 passes – just 44.8 percent – for 156 yards and one interception in Sunday's victory, his third start of the season. With two touchdowns and six interceptions over five games, the rookie now has a 55.9 passer rating on the season and a 1-2 record in games he's started.

One area Haskins struggled against the Lions was in missing those open receivers. Twice, he overthrew rookie receiver Terry McLaurin in the end zone.

"I'm pretty sure he knows that wasn't one of this best outings," Moss said. "And there was a lot going on. It was a windy day and, with him just being young, I've seen other guys in his shoes before, being young, being excited, having a chance. And having an arm like that, you know, he's gonna know that he has to tame his arm a little at times, because that arm is live."

"He has a live arm," Moss continued. "And when I mean live, when he releases that ball, nine times out of 10, it's gonna be coming hot and high. And I've played with guys that throw the ball that way.

"So eventually, with his quarterback coach, with the OC, they will show him this stuff in film and say, 'Look, you can tame that arm a little bit and come down with it a little. You don't have to so hot because it's already coming off of ou with a lot of velocity.' I think over the reps of just playing and being out there, that game experience will allow him to see himself, to teach himself and come back and be better next time around."