Dwayne Haskins’ rookie season with the Washington Redskins was pretty rough, to say the least. The team had all kinds of problems from the get-go. Between the Trent Williams drama and the team’s decision to fire head coach Jay Gruden mid-season, you had a recipe for disaster with any QB – let alone a rookie. But there was one area of the game totally within Haskins’ control that he struggled the most in.
According to Pro Football Focus, Haskins was the worst QB in the league when he had a clean pocket last year. The analytics site found that Haskins completed just 63.2-percent of his passes for 1,089 yards, five touchdowns and five INTs when protected.
His passer rating in that situation was just 81.8. Pro Football Focus noted that Haskins was one of only four QBs to have a sub-90 passer rating with a clean pocket.
Haskins started the season on the bench behind Case Keenum, and received only spot duty for the first eight games. He got his first start in Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills, completing 15-of-22 passes for 144 yards in a loss.
It wasn’t until his second start when he finally found the endzone for the first time. But it was well into garbage time in a 34-17 loss to the Jets when he hit the milestone.
Haskins got his first NFL win the following week in a 19-16 win over the Detroit Lions. He got his second against the Panthers a week later.
The former Ohio State star finished the year strong though. He completed 67-percent of his passes for 564 yards, five TDs and one interception against the Packers, Eagles and Giants.
Next season Haskins will have a new head coach, a new front office and possibly Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams. So there’s plenty of time and room for Haskins to improve.
Will Haskins show improvement in 2020?