Steelers are an ideal match for Dwayne Haskins to revive the NFL profession

When the Washington Football team put Dwayne Haskins on the bench in early October, it was hard not to think about his future and where it would be.

For Haskins, who was selected as a draft pick in the first round 21 months ago, it was not a big sign of his job status at Washington to be on a bench after four games for journeyman Kyle Allen.

By now, you probably know what happened in the next three months. A string of injuries at Allen (then Alex Smith) led Washington to hand the starting job back to Haskins, who completed a disastrous run in two games. He lost both starts, was unable to light the scoreboard, and was released immediately after being photographed maskless at a party after the final defeat, resulting in his being fined $ 40,000 and stripped of his captain.

After that, Haskins admitted he screwed up in Washington. This was a good and necessary step in helping him complete one of the most difficult roles in the sport: removing a “first round bust” tag from your name in the NFL.

Life has a fun way to exercise at times, especially for someone who is 23 years old and has a rocket for their right arm.

Now, Haskins, who signed a reserve futures deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday afternoon, is suddenly in a situation to hope for as he tries to rebuild his career.

Dwayne Haskins’ career at Washington has spanned 13 starts since he was drafted in 2019. (Photo by Will Newton / Getty Images)

Pittsburgh looked like an ideal landing spot even in October. I wrote the following back then:

But if Haskins takes this setback and, as Michael Jordan would say, adds this protocol to his competitive fire, my guess is that he will get his chance for salvation very soon. Maybe with a different team like Pittsburgh, with a pocket-passer-friendly system and an experienced, established trainer. Or maybe even later that season in Washington.

Both happened, which is a victory for a soccer dork like me. I’m not bringing this up to pat myself on the back, I’m bringing it up to point out that if Haskins wants the first half of the prediction – a term with Pittsburgh – to end better than the second half of that prediction – a Second shot with Washington – he has to do all the things he didn’t do the first time.

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“My time with the WFT is unfortunately over,” tweeted Haskins after his release in late December. “I thank the team and the fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up for. I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of an NFL QB and for making a better man and player because of that experience. “

Now he has a chance to prove it, and there is no shortage of people to hope he does, including some who stay in Washington. That includes his former teammate Alex Smith, who spoke to Yahoo Sports this week to promote its new apparel line.

“I think the first thing I hope with Dwayne – and I told him – is that you stand no chance until you remove many of the distractions that are going on in your life,” Smith told Yahoo Sports. “And as a young player, it’s difficult, as a young draft pick – certainly a quarterback boost with a lot of weight and expectations – suddenly you have advertising deals, ad agencies, your own agent and you have lots of voices telling you different things.

“In the end, however, it comes down to playing well on the football field. And I think you have to be able to eliminate all that other stuff because none of it matters if you can’t go out and play at a high level. And you will never develop to your potential unless you eliminate all of these things. So my hope for Dwayne is to do that. “

The same applies here.

If Haskins is to be successful, he needs more support than in Washington. That’s the biggest reason I’m looking forward to his new opportunity. He will join a victorious, well-owned organization that is the opposite of much that surrounded him when he first arrived in Washington.

With Ben Roethlisberger (for the time being) and Mason Rudolph on the depth map in front of him, he won’t feel any pressure to be QB1. That means that Haskins, just a year old beginner in the state of Ohio, can learn and develop in peace.

In addition, Haskins’ new agent Brian Levy is also representing Steeler’s trainer Mike Tomlin. That connection will be good for Haskins, who needs a coach who will believe in him after starting his tenure in Washington with a manager in the hot seat (Jay Gruden) who didn’t want him at all.

In the end, Haskins holds his fate in his hands. We hope he finds a way to revert to one of the toughest starts into a career we’ve seen in a decade as a first-round quarterback when he was released faster than the legendary Raiders bust JaMarcus Russell.

“I’m sure there has been a lot of work against him in the last two years that has not allowed him to reach his potential because he is a crazy talented guy,” Smith told Yahoo Sports. “Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy talented – and he’s a good kid. So I hope that we all have different roads and paths and that we need different things to learn from and grow from. And so hopefully this can be one of those experiences for him that will help him get where he wants to be. “

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