After a pretty disappointing preseason debut for Dwayne Haskins, plenty of fans were curious to see if he could turn it around in Week 2. He answered those doubters with a performance against the Cincinnati Bengals that is garnering a lot of praise.
Just after the two-minute warning in the first half, Haskins dropped back for a pass with several Bengals defenders bearing down on him. Despite the heavy pressure, Haskins launched the ball deep, finding Robert Davis who took it 55 yards for a touchdown.
Haskins would finish the day with a respectable 7-of-14 for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals won the preseason game 23-13.
But it was the aforementioned touchdown that has earned Haskins praise by fans and analysts alike. NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo pointed to his poise in the pocket and skill on the play:
Of course, it wouldn't be a Dwayne Haskins highlight if he didn't pat himself on the back a little bit later:
Washington drafted Haskins No. 16 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Redskins have been hesitant to name him the starter.
In his debut against the Browns last week, Haskins seemed fairly lost. He was sacked twice and threw two interceptions in that game.
His performance stood in stark contrast to the debuts of fellow rookie quarterbacks Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones, and even Jarrett Stidham.
If nothing else, Haskins' strong performance yesterday should boost his confidence - and the confidence of the Washington fans moving forward.