Like anybody that watched Dwayne Haskins play in 2018 at Ohio State, new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner came away impressed with the quarterback. That carried over in 2019, Haskins rookie season with the Redskins.
Now that the two men will be working together, Turner is excited for the opportunity.
"All the physical tools are there, as he continues to get experience he's going to be a really good player," Turner said Wednesday.
When the Redskins hired Ron Rivera as head coach and to overhaul their football organization, what would happen with Haskins became a huge question. Washington drafted Haskins with the 15th overall pick last year, but that was the previous Bruce Allen led regime. Team owner Dan Snyder is said to really like Haskins' potential as well, but Rivera seemed reluctant to hand over the keys to a second-year passer in his introductory press conference.
Turner seemed to have no hesitation.
"He's a big, strong guy that can push the ball down the field," Turner said of Haskins. "Something he's also done in the past is get the ball out quick, distribute the ball to the playmakers."
Haskins started to show those abilites late in the year, particularly in his last two starts when it seemed like things started to click. In his last six quarters of 2019, Haskins completed more than 70 percent of his passes for nearly 400 yards to go with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
For the Redskins and Haskins, the immense potential started to turn into actual production.
Going forward, Turner said there is one thing above all else that can make young quarterbacks great.
"The number one thing is the commitment level," Turner said. "The approach, you have to be the most committed guy in the building."
In 2019, there were real questions about how excited Jay Gruden and the Redskins' coaching staff was to develop the rookie Haskins. For months, Haskins got little direct attention.
In 2020, there will be no questions. Turner sounds all in on Haskins potential, and needs to see the same from his young passer.
Turner's resume includes strong work with young QBs, names like Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater. Maybe Haskins will be the next name on that list.
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