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Steelers Reportedly Make A Decision On Dwayne Haskins

Just a few years ago, Dwayne Haskins was a first round pick and looked to be the quarterback of the future in Washington. After a major flameout with that franchise, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger.

For a young quarterback looking to prove himself, there may not be many better situations than the one in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger is a future Hall of Famer to learn from, and he will likely retire in the next few years.

If Haskins shows true development into that first-round talent, he could throw himself in the mix as an option to replace Big Ben when the time comes. For now, he took a big step towards that goal.

Haskins had a solid preseason with the team, completing 63.8-percent of his throws for 379 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in four appearances. With roster cuts looming, Ian Rapoport says that Haskins is set to make the 53-man roster in Pittsburgh. That was no guarantee, with the very experienced Mason Rudolph as well as Joshua Dobbs also on the roster this summer.

Haskins struggled mightily through two seasons in Washington. As a rookie, he appeared in nine games, completing 58.6-percent of his throws for 1,365 yards (6.7 per attempt), seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Last fall, he made seven appearances, upping his completion percentage to 61.4, but his yards per attempt slipped to 6.0, and he threw more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five).

He was cut before the end of the season, after dealing with issues off the field that shook Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team's faith in his ability to be their quarterback moving forward, including multiple instances of breaking COVID-19 protocols.

There's a big gap between landing as a backup with a new team and working back to one of the 32 starting quarterback jobs in the league, but it is encouraging that Dwayne Haskins has reportedly gotten some things together and should be on a roster this fall.


#Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins, the former WFT first-rounder, is expected to make the initial roster in Pittsburgh, sources say. A cool story, as Haskins worked his way back and has earned it.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2021

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