Kevin Colbert “anxious” to see what Dwayne Haskins can do

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert did little to suggest that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s return to the team is a sure thing when he spoke to reporters earlier this week.

If the Steelers do part ways with Roethlisberger, attention will shift to what they do to replace him as their starter. Two options are already on the roster.

Mason Rudolph started once in 2020 and eight times in 2019, so the Steelers have a pretty good handle on how he fits with the team. There’s not the same familiarity with Dwayne Haskins, who signed with the team after being released by Washington before the end of the season.

Colbert said this week that he thought highly of Haskins coming out of college and is looking forward to seeing where he is after things fizzled for him in Washington.

“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can do with us,” Colbert said, via the team’s website. “It didn’t work out for him in Washington. We had high grades on Dwayne coming out of Ohio State. He got picked a lot higher than we were able to make that decision and it didn’t work. He’s a young, talented quarterback that we’re anxious to see what he can do once he gets here and gets working with us.”

Colbert’s take on the 2019 draft isn’t quite right. Haskins went 15th overall, which was higher than the Steelers’ initial draft position. They traded up to take linebacker Devin Bush at No. 10, however, and that suggests the team’s grade on Haskins wasn’t overwhelmingly high. That won’t matter much when it comes to evaluating him now, assuming, of course, that the Steelers have a position to fill.

25 responses to “Kevin Colbert “anxious” to see what Dwayne Haskins can do

  1. If Haskins has any brains, he will grab the opportunity offered with both hands, knuckle down and do some work! Getting him away from Maryland was a good start. New town, new people – he should grow up and learn from this.

  2. I’m excited to see what Dwayne haskins can do too. Says all the other GMs in the afc north.
    He wouldn’t have been cut after two seasons if there was a chance of success.

  3. i guess we’ll see if he just needed a reality check…or he’s just a bonehead… anyway, it’ll add some drama to camp

  4. Biggest wild card in this whole scenario.
    Ben’s gone soon if not right away.
    Mason is going into last year of his rookie deal and is an enigma.
    I went back and read all the pre draft stuff and Haskins had a lot of backers.
    We know it’s not the physical aspects.

  5. Smart play by the Steelers. Buy low on a player with potential. If Haskins has matured and learned from his mistakes in Washington, this could be a great pickup. And if he hasn’t it will be an easy cut… No lose…

  6. “Colbert’s take on the 2019 draft isn’t quite right.”
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    Um, there’s nothing wrong with his statement on the 2019 draft. He never said he was their TOP rated pick on their board remaining.

  7. There’s ample tape and evidence of what he can do on and off the field – thank god we got rid of him.

  8. Haskins has a great arm and can spin the ball.

    So could Jeff George and Jamarcus Russell.

    Haskins needs to get VERY serious about his NFL Career if he is going to stay in this league in any capacity.

    Ron Rivera is a no-nonsense coach. Mike Tomlin is cut from the same cloth. Hopefully Haskins has some VERY good guidance in his circle. He’s not a bad guy, he’s a good guy, but he has to take this chance VERY seriously.

  9. ariani1985 says:
    February 19, 2021 at 9:02 am
    Did he say this without laughing?

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    It’s tough to imagine a fan of a franchise that hasn’t won a SB in 60 years laughing at anything

  10. Long time Steelers fan but we are screwed. Offensive line is a big issue, they could not open up running lanes last year, and our defense which was supposed to be our strong point, fell apart at the end of the year and into the playoffs.

    Dwayne Haskins??? With our cap issues it’s time to gut the team and build for the future. We have some strong young talent to build around but this is looking like an 8-8 team at best.

  11. Why not right. The Steelers don’t have much to lose on him. If it works out, great! If not, oh well cut losses on the cheap and move on.

  12. shihtzumum says:
    February 19, 2021 at 8:31 am
    If Haskins has any brains, he will grab the opportunity offered with both hands, knuckle down and do some work! Getting him away from Maryland was a good start. New town, new people – he should grow up and learn from this.

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    As much as I used to try and get behind the Washington organization is a disaster reasoning for him not doing good out there. They ended up making the playoffs after cutting him. I’m hoping being cut is a humbling experience that propels him to better heights….but I’m a glass is half full type of dude

  13. Colbert’s take on the ’19 draft is still accurate. They did trade up to 10, but they had a bigger need at MLB than QB at the time. I like the idea of Haskins, but I’m skeptical that the reality of Haskins is one of wasted talent due to bad habits and lack of maturity.

  14. steelchampions says:
    February 19, 2021 at 10:32 am
    Colbert’s take on the ’19 draft is still accurate. They did trade up to 10, but they had a bigger need at MLB than QB at the time. I like the idea of Haskins, but I’m skeptical that the reality of Haskins is one of wasted talent due to bad habits and lack of maturity.


    Exactly, perhaps if they weren’t able to trade up to 10 and Haskins fell to them, they would’ve taken him.

  15. Signing Haskins was a very good move as he came with no need to trade anything of value. Haskins showed talent at Ohio State but immaturity in Washington. Hopefully he demonstrates more discipline with the Steelers b/c he will not get better opportunities.

  16. I was wondering if Bill Belichick might have tried Haskins as a reclamation project similar to what he tried with Cam.

  17. We’ve had two years of film on what Haskins-Robbins, the multi-flavored turnover machine, can do. The results speak for themselves. And when a guy who joined the team in December can run the offense like he was there for two years and actually showed the offense wasn’t about two yard passing plays, you know that Haskins-Robbins is absolutely a joke and a draft bust. You can change where the stench will be, but the stench will still be putrid.

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