Adrian Peterson “expecting big things” from Dwayne Haskins

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Veteran running back Adrian Peterson wasn’t wild about the idea of trading left tackle Trent Williams, but he still thinks Washington has better talent than in recent years.

And that begins with quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who Peterson thinks will take a major step this season.

I want to see him blossom,” Peterson said, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBCSportsWashington.com. “I’m expecting big things from him.”

Peterson said Haskins appeared to turn a corner late last year, before an ankle injury ended his season. Many things have changed since then, including a new coach and a third offensive system in as many years for Haskins, and Peterson said the quarterback has taken the appropriate steps.

“I know he’s been in his book and he’s working hard to be that leader we need him to be,” Peterson said. “I think last year was an eye-opener for him, just from the transition he went through from training camp to the end of the season. . . .You can see that by how he’s working out and how he’s approaching things.”

Haskins has the disadvantage of being an unknown commodity to the new coaching staff (which brought former Panthers backup Kyle Allen in as a safety net), but he appears to have the first shot to make the job his own this year.

8 responses to “Adrian Peterson “expecting big things” from Dwayne Haskins

  1. Haskins is a bust. Haskins posted a -43% DVOA last season as a rookie which is one of the worst ever for a rookie and 99% of the rookies who are that bad as a rookie have went on to become draft busts. For comparison Josh Rosen posted a -52% DVOA as a rookie, that’s how freaking bad Haskins was and he was the worst deep ball passer of all the rookies QB’s, Kyler Murray was the best of all the rookies QB throwing deep. I have zero faith in Haskins developing into anything more than a clipboard holder.

  2. That DVOA stat is misleading because it doesn’t show the progression Haskins made from the beginning of the season, when the coaches threw him in before he was ready, to the end of the season, where he posted quarterback ratings of 121.3 and 143.2 in his final games. No one in Washington who actually watched the games thinks he’s a bust. Neither does Ron Rivera who took the job and clearly believes Haskins is the guy. Don’t get me wrong, Haskins has a lot to prove, but people writing him off at this juncture simply have no idea what they are talking about.

  3. hogdropalogonbigd says:
    May 22, 2020 at 8:28 am
    That DVOA stat is misleading because it doesn’t show the progression Haskins made from the beginning of the season, when the coaches threw him in before he was ready, to the end of the season, where he posted quarterback ratings of 121.3 and 143.2 in his final games. No one in Washington who actually watched the games thinks he’s a bust. Neither does Ron Rivera who took the job and clearly believes Haskins is the guy. Don’t get me wrong, Haskins has a lot to prove, but people writing him off at this juncture simply have no idea what they are talking about.
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    To be fair…IMMEDIATELY trading for Kyle Allen doesn’t exactly scream ‘clearly believing’ Haskins is the guy. I realize that Allen isn’t a franchise QB and isn’t a long term threat to the job, but the fact hat Ron did that so quickly certainly shows he doesn’t think Dwayne may be 100% for the spotlight.

    But I agree…to write the guy off completely after one season on a horrible team is just silly.

  4. T o be fair…IMMEDIATELY trading for Kyle Allen doesn’t exactly scream ‘clearly believing’ Haskins is the guy. I realize that Allen isn’t a franchise QB and isn’t a long term threat to the job, but the fact hat Ron did that so quickly certainly shows he doesn’t think Dwayne may be 100% for the spotlight.

    But I agree…to write the guy off completely after one season on a horrible team is just silly.

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    Haskins was the only healthy QB on the roster and with no off-season, trading for a QB who was familiar with the offense was a prudent decision.

    It’s not like they went and got Cam Newton.

  5. hawkkiller says:
    May 22, 2020 at 8:01 am
    Haskins is a bust. Haskins posted a -43% DVOA last season as a rookie ….blah, blah, blah

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    Maybe your employer thought the same of you, after your first year on the job.

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