Dwayne Haskins: I definitely feel I can be a starter in this league

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Washington cut former first-rounder Dwayne Haskins after less than two seasons. He started 13 games and threw 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and left with questions about his work ethic and his commitment.

Haskins’ talent has given him a second chance to try again at becoming a full-time NFL starter.

“I definitely feel like I can be a starter in this league,” Haskins said, via Will Graves of the Associated Press. “I got drafted for that reason. I really believe I have the talent to. I believe I can play with the best of them. I really just haven’t put it all together yet. And I know I have to do that if I want to put myself in a position to play.”

The Steelers took a flier on Haskins after Washington cut him Dec. 28, 2020. Haskins, the 15th overall choice in 2019, didn’t play a down in 2021.

Instead, Haskins sat back and watched Ben Roethlisberger.

“Having to play early (in Washington), I never had a chance to learn the NFL game the way it should be done and the way the Steelers wanted done,” Haskins said. “It gave me an opportunity to understand the ‘Steelers Way’ and how they wanted their quarterbacks to operate.”

Roethlisberger’s pending retirement will have the Steelers searching for a starting quarterback for the first time since 2004 when they drafted Roethlisberger with the 11th overall choice. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that “all options are on the table.”

Haskins and Mason Rudolph could get a chance to show they are the right quarterback for the job. The Steelers also could turn to a veteran quarterback via a trade.

Haskins, though, has faith he can win the job given the chance.

“(Tomlin) is looking for a guy that can move around in the pocket the way young Ben was,” Haskins said.

16 responses to “Dwayne Haskins: I definitely feel I can be a starter in this league

  1. This would be more of a story had he said he definitely feels he’s only a backup in this league…

  2. One problem here. Ben has not retired. I know his coach is pushing him towards the door, but Ben’s silence tells me something.

  3. Nobody disputes you have the talent like you said. You have a ten cent head and are immature on top of it, that’s the problem.

  4. He should get a chance. Looked much better than Mason Rudolph and improved from his Washington stint.

  5. I hear him talking but all I can see is how he behaved in Washington. I don’t expect much from him. He might be better than Rudolph though……that wouldn’t be too difficult.

  6. I’d like to see this guy get his head screwed on right, grow up, and succeed. I also think there’s only a 1.5% chance of that happening.

  7. Of course you have the talent, as a high first-round draft pick. What you seemed to lack is the other attributes.

  8. When the coach cuts you he will say when you grow up and you are serious, call me but not until then. See ya!

  9. Haskins is among a long line of promising Buckeye QB prospects. Chew on this high-achiever list: Tupa, Hoying, Troy Smith, T Pryor, Krenzel, Germaine, Cardale Jones. Not to mention Mike Tomzcak, who actually was a backup to J McMahon on the Bears SB team. And last but not least, the legend himself, Art Schlichter, who is more known for his time at Ohio State… PEN.

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