JUNKIES: Time to get Haskins 'on the job training'

Ben Krimmel
October 21, 2019 - 1:46 pm

Sooner or later, he needs to play.

The Washington Redskins will start rookie Dwayne Haskins at quarterback at some point during the 2019 season. Or at least that is what everyone believes,  right? It is going to happen eventually.

One worry among Redskins fans is if Haskins does play he will struggle when making the transition from one-year college starter to the NFL.

"But what's wrong with struggling?" JP Flaim of The Sports Junkies asked. "I've been saying this for a couple of weeks... what do they have to lose by playing Haskins right now? You think he could lose confidence? I don't think he's that type of player that's gonna lose confidence.

"And people always talk about this line, this line is not that bad. It's not like they're giving up 10 sacks a game," Flaim said.

And while injury can happen to any quarterback on any play, this is the halfway point of Haskins' rookie season. After the Redskins play Thursday night in Minnesota, they have just two games over a 24 day period: at the Buffalo Bills and home to the New York Jets.

"You don't want to get him ready for the Bills game?" Flaim asked.

"I'm ready to toss him the keys for the Bills game," John Auville answers. "If they're 1-7, I don't care if (Haskins isn't) fully ready yet. He can be 60 percent ready and he's gonna get some on the job training."

"If you're a Skins fan, you need Dwayne Haskins to be prepared for Game 1 of the 2020 season, " Auville said. "I understand it's gonna take some time. But start the clock ticking with this Bills game."

The question becomes: When does it become a risk worth taking?

"If he doesn't start against the Jets, which is after the bye week, after the Bills game, that's coaching malpractice," Flaim said.  

"I don't care if he's only 25 percent ready. I want to see him by either the Bills or the Jets game," Auville responded. "'Cause you know what? I need a progress report. Sorry. I need to see the progress report of what he's learned and how much he's developed."

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