Dwayne Haskins came into 2020 as QB 1 of a franchise that was predicted not to be good this season and possibly for a few more seasons. Even that wasn’t enough for the team to make a decision when they suddenly benched Haskins after just four games.
Haskins won the starting job this offseason, but hasn’t show much improvement as he currently has 939 passing yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
The team not only benhced him, but buried him on the depth chart behind Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.
According to Les Carpenter of The Washington Post, Haskins fell into poor study and practice habits. Apparently his lack of preparation is the reason why his timing is off with his wide receivers.
“Rivera’s benching of Haskins, the once-presumed quarterback of the future, after just four games was a surprise, given the seeming commitment the coach had made to playing Haskins the whole season. But inside the team’s practice facility, momentum for the move had been growing, a person with knowledge of the situation said, in part because Haskins had fallen into poor study and practice habits. The person said Haskins’s lack of preparation was hurting him in games, leading to overthrown passes and missed opportunities to hit open receivers.”
Carpenter added that Haskins worked extremely hard in the offseason to win the starting job, but seemingly took his foot off the gas pedal once he was named the starter.