Dwayne Haskins hasn’t played a single game this year, and yet, he is being blasted for his actions before a game that he would not appear in.
The NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala tweeted Monday that Haskins “spent warm-ups throwing lousy passes (and) checking his phone” before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Haskins, the 15th overall pick in 2019, has been Pittsburgh’s third-string quarterback for most of the season. However, On Sunday, he became the primary backup as starter Ben Roethlisberger was out due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Washington released Haskins before the end of last season after numerous incidents. The 23-year-old made the Steelers 53-man roster back in August after impressing the Pittsburgh brass and even started the final preseason game versus the Carolina Panthers.
“Coach (Mike) Tomlin tells me I get opportunities and this is an opportunity to have one this game and I feel like this is a chance for me to show what I can do and get more reps,” Haskins said. “So I feel like if I do my job I can show that I can perform at a varsity level against varsity defenders and have varsity guys around me know that I’m deserving of those reps.”
Haskins finished that game 9-of-16 passing for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
With Washington, Haskins was 3-10 as a starter, played in 16 games and had 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 60.1% completion percentage.
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