Should the Carolina Panthers take a chance on Dwayne Haskins?
By Dean Jones
Where’s it all gone wrong for Dwayne Haskins?
Despite a standout career with the Buckeyes, there were plenty who didn’t think Dwayne Haskins would succeed in the NFL. This was further reflected by an alarming fall in the 2019 NFL Draft, before Washington’s owner Dan Snyder reportedly overruled those in the front office who were skeptical about bringing the player into the fold.
Haskins started seven games as a rookie, going 2-5 in the process. He completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,365 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and as many interceptions. This resulted in a dismal QBR of 28.6, and a Pro Football Focus grade of 67.9.
Not the worst by any stretch of the imagination.
But if Washington was hoping for a second-year surge, it simply didn’t arrive.
Former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera took over at the helm and immediately set about putting Haskins in his place. He traded a fifth-round pick to reunite with Kyle Allen and even demoted the signal-caller to No. 3 on the depth chart, such the distinct lack of impression he made on a new coaching staff.
Haskins has been a disaster in 2020. His 1-5 record as a starter tells it’s own story even though his completion percentage is up to 61.4 percent with 1,439 yards, five scores, and seven picks.
The strip club incident involving Haskins shortly after their loss at Seattle was the straw that broke the camel’s back and in all honesty, if Washington had anything close to a viable option then the player would have been gone even before they came up against the Panthers.