Dwayne Haskins: Release from Washington wasn’t completely surprising

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Dwayne Haskins acknowledged Dec. 23 that he was down to his final opportunity to make good in Washington after violating COVID-19 protocols by attending a private birthday party. Five days later, Washington cut Haskins.

So obviously, Haskins, like anyone and everyone else, wasn’t exactly surprised by his release.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say I was surprised,” Haskins said Thursday, via NFL Media. “It’s just a part of the business. Wasn’t necessarily the people that, you know, were brought in by the new coaching staff and understanding that this is a business and realizing that as the season went on that things weren’t going the way that we both wanted it to.

“Just grateful for the opportunity Washington gave me, but it wasn’t completely surprising, but it was also definitely unfortunate to be able to be released the way that I was.”

Less than a month after his release, Haskins signed with the Steelers. It gives him a second chance to make good.

“I’ve been more concerned about Dwayne the person,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Getting to know him. Getting an understanding of what he’s been through and how that’s shaped him affected him positively, negatively. How it’s affected the growth and development of his game. I think more than anything, Dwayne and I are trying to get to know one another. I think it starts there, and then we can focus on some things relative to the game itself. I’ll leave some of the minutia and some of the details about his football development to him and (quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan) and (offensive coordinator Matt) Canada. I just want to get to know the young man and help him grow in that way.”

Washington coach Ron Rivera admitted in March that Haskins’ work ethic and commitment were issues, and recently retired quarterback Alex Smith previously noted that Haskins is “crazy gifted” but needs to eliminate the “distractions.”

Haskins vows to prove in Pittsburgh how much he loves football.

9 responses to “Dwayne Haskins: Release from Washington wasn’t completely surprising

  1. It was pretty obvious he hated being in D.C. He literally did everything he could to get himself released, and it worked. A rather warped way of betting on ones self but he found another team willing to take a gamble on him so let’s see how it plays out.

  2. How about we stop asking him questions until he gets a starting gig? There is a very long line of over-drafted, mediocre QBs in the NFL. Why does this 3rd-stringer keep getting mics stuck in his face?

  3. bassplucker says:
    June 17, 2021 at 3:27 pm
    It was pretty obvious he hated being in D.C. He literally did everything he could to get himself released, and it worked. A rather warped way of betting on ones self but he found another team willing to take a gamble on him so let’s see how it plays out.
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    I think you have given him too much credit. I dont think he was that smart to orchestrate his release from the team. I think he was too consumed with professional athlete living the life, instead of being the guy dedicated to winning SBs.

  4. bloodonhishands says:
    June 17, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    How about we stop asking him questions until he gets a starting gig? There is a very long line of over-drafted, mediocre QBs in the NFL. Why does this 3rd-stringer keep getting mics stuck in his face?
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    I think it is for the same reason Mike Tomlin has expressed such concern for the young man … skin color.

  5. He’s a primadonna and all about himself, as well as another OSU bust QB. He is a first read only QB who can’t go through his progressions without forcing a terrible decision/throw who also has terrible pocket awareness. Not very bright either as has been proven multiple times throughout last year.

  6. “I wouldn’t necessarily say I was surprised,” Haskins said Thursday, via NFL Media. “It’s just a part of the business.”

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    Yes, getting rid of self-centered malcontents who don’t do their jobs is part of any business.

  7. For a first round QB to get cut after 2 years is pretty awful.
    Its a huge blow to the organization, and you have to be dreadful (Paxton Lynch, Josh Rosen) to get cut after 2 years.

  8. bassplucker says:
    June 17, 2021 at 3:27 pm
    It was pretty obvious he hated being in D.C.
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    Don’t worry Washington fans hated him being in DC also

    BUST

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