Nate Burleson: Dwayne Haskins is 'gonna light this league on fire'

Chris Lingebach
July 11, 2019 - 8:11 pm
Nate Burleson: Dwayne Haskins is 'gonna light this league on fire'

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The Redskins have largely kept expectations for rookie passer Dwayne Haskins to a muted tone.

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What they can't control is what people outside the building are saying about the 15th overall pick. And Haskins has a huge supporter championing him on national television in Nate Burleson, who, just days after the Redskins selected the Ohio State quarterback, called for them to "start the young pup now."

Now, with training camp only weeks away, Burleson is back to hyping Haskins on NFL Network's morning show, "Good Morning Football."

This was the question posed to Burleson: "What do you really see from him that makes you think he should start Week 1?"

"It's not about what I'm seeing, because what I have seen is what the world has seen in Dwayne Haskins when he was in college," he said. "He just said it, the 50 touchdowns. That's no joke. You don't do that by accident. You have to be efficient, you have to be a smart football player and you have to have the arm strength."

"For me, it's not about what I'm seeing during the summer; it's about what I'm hearing during the summer," Burleson continued. "Vernon Davis, who's played with every quarterback because he's been in the league 45 years, he came out and said, 'He can throw. He can really throw. ...The way his arm is so strong, probably one of the strongest arms I've ever seen.'

"And how about his wide receiver, Josh Doctson? He said, 'He's good, man. He's a quick learner.' And then he went on to say he throws with a lot of accuracy. So there's all these different things that players are saying, more specifically the pass-catchers, and that's what gets me excited. When a guy's talking about arm strength, when they're talking about intelligence, talking about consistency, being a quick learner."

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"That's usually things that you say about an OG quarterback, a quarterback that's been in," Burleson went on. "That's usually what you say about a guy like Case Keenum. And I'm not saying they're not saying that about him, but I am saying that having a young rookie coming in right away, and kind of stealing the headlines from the quarterback in Case Keenum who is supposed to be your starter, it just makes it even more intriguing.

"And like I said before, yes, when he gets on the field – I say it should be this year – but whenever he gets on the field, he's gonna light this league on fire."

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