Dwayne Haskins taking 'baby steps' to win starting job

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During a workout, it looked like this: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, taking a snap from under center, rolling to his right and stopping to throw a deep out to the left side with the receiver (Monday it was Cam Sims) catching it in stride. The presence. The big arm. The ease of the throw. Haskins is already displaying the traits that led him to be the 15th pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

The present, though, could look like this: Case Keenum, a smaller, physically less-gifted passer making smart throws here and there and mixing in a deep ball. One deep pass Monday hung up and was defended, but his ability to move was evident and it's hard to fully appreciate what his improvisation skills and experience will mean come September.

Of course, Haskins could be the present and the future -- the father of team president Bruce Allen once coined the phrase "The Future is Now." But two weeks ago, coach Jay Gruden said he's using this time to see if Haskins will be a serious competitor in training camp for the Week 1 job. And Colt McCoy, when healthy in training camp, will enter the competition. For now, it's about little steps for Keenum and Haskins -- both of whom are new to the Redskins.china nike nfl jerseys cheap3

"They have to learn the system first, then go out here and participate in practice and then produce and make the right reads and throws," Gruden said. "It's going to be a process. It's the very, very beginning."

Haskins (6-foot-3, 231 pounds) looks the part and has what scouts and coaches refer to as "special arm talent." Keenum has been a scrapper who keeps surviving to advance in the NFL. Even when he was producing for Minnesota two years ago, there were always questions about coach Mike Zimmer's commitment to him as the starter. After one season in Denver, Keenum was traded to nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

On Monday, Haskins threw one pass that was tipped and intercepted. Otherwise, he threw on time and in rhythm. His passes led targets into more yards when available. There's so much for Haskins to learn, starting with the rest of the offense. He hasn't come close to learning the entire playbook yet; they've been focused on adding details to the plays he does know. Haskins' football intelligence has always been a strength.

"I know what I'm doing with my eyes in the right place," Haskins said. "When you know where your eyes are supposed to be, it makes it a lot easier being able to read safety keys and read protections. You play fast when you know what you're doing. Like I said, it's all in the makings of watching film, studying after hours, and playing. When I'm on my P's and Q’s, I feel pretty good about it."

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