Steelers signal former Washington QB and first-round choose Dwayne Haskins to a one-year deal


Dwayne Haskins, lower than a month after being launched by Washington, has signed a one-year cope with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the staff introduced on Thursday. Haskins, who had beforehand visited with the Carolina Panthers, signed with the Steelers after reportedly having lunch with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin. 

Shortly after the information broke, Haskins posted pictures of himself signing his new contract. Haskins additionally revealed that he’ll put on No. 3 after carrying No. 7 in Washington. 

The fifteenth total choose within the 2019 draft, Haskins was launched following a subpar efficiency in Washington’s Week 16 loss to the Panthers. Haskins’ highly-publicized violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols additionally contributed to his launch. After being launched, Haskins described what he known as the “worst week of his life” throughout an interview with WUSA9’s Darren Haynes

“Gotta be accountable for the choices you make in life, and be capable of transfer ahead and make the perfect choices,” Haskins mentioned. “I’ve little question in my thoughts that I can overcome this, develop and change into a greater individual, a greater athlete, a greater quarterback and a greater chief due to this. That is one thing I am praying and dealing on to point out. I am hoping {that a} new change in surroundings will assist with that.”

In two seasons in Washington, Haskins went simply 3-10 as a starter. He accomplished 60.1% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In 2020, the previous first-round choose received simply one in every of his six begins whereas throwing extra interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (5). And whereas Haskins and fellow backup Kyle Allen went a mixed 2-8 as Washington’s beginning quarterbacks, veteran Alex Smith, the seemingly Comeback Participant of the 12 months, went 5-1 underneath heart whereas main the Soccer Workforce to an NFC East division title. 

Whereas a few of Haskins’ struggles have been his doing, the truth that he has needed to play for 3 totally different coaches and two totally different coordinators seemingly contributed to his lack of success. Haskins additionally needed to play behind an offensive line that allowed 50 sacks to Washington’s quarterbacks in every of the previous two seasons. 

Haskins did have some shiny moments throughout his time in Washington. In his sixth profession begin, Haskins threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns (whereas finishing practically 68% of his passes) in Washington’s 37-27 loss to Philadelphia. In Week 4 of the 2020 season, Haskins threw for 314 yards whereas finishing over 71% of his throws in Washington’s 31-17 loss to the Ravens

A former faculty standout at Ohio State, Haskins flourished in City Meyer’s quick-passing offense. That offense is much like the one the Steelers ran in 2020. Pittsburgh’s new passing philosophy was one of many most important causes for its 11-0 begin to the season. However after a their quick begin, dropped passes, accidents, and a scarcity of a operating sport finally led to the Steelers profitable simply one in every of their ultimate six video games. 

In Pittsburgh, Haskins will be a part of a quarterback room that presently contains Mason Rudolph and Ben Roethlisberger. Haskins will seemingly change Joshua Dobbs, who served as Pittsburgh’s No. 3 quarterback in 2020. Dobbs is slated to change into a free agent this offseason. Roethlisberger, regardless of being non-committal on his standing for the 2021 season, is anticipated to return for what could be his 18th season underneath heart in Pittsburgh. 


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