The Redskins’ decision to cut Dwayne Haskins late last season appears to be addition by subtraction.
Haskins was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft, by the previous regime, so Ron Rivera and management really had no ties to him. Gone is Bruce Allen, as are others who were responsible for putting so many eggs in the Haskins basket.
It was clear that Haskins’ mechanics were a major issue, and that had an impact on his accuracy. But he was also known to lack leadership ability. In fact, he was actually viewed to be a negative locker room presence, which was a big reason the team cut bait with him, even being in the playoff picture.
In is Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Redskins linebacker Jon Bostic appears to be quite happy about the quarterback change. Check out what he had to say, which sure seemed to be some shade thrown in Haskins’ direction.
“You can see just how much of a step that offense has taken already,” Bostic said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, as transcribed by Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “I think he’s really, really going to help those guys out. I can start to see how he’s improved how they’re running certain routes, and he’s like, ‘I’m going to throw you open here,’ some of these 7-routes, instead of running them maybe like a clear-cut 7 (route) maybe bend it a little more, it’s going to make it harder for the linebacker to try and get under (the route).
“I’m very pleased with where we are on the offensive side of the ball and happy as we’re growing as a football team.”
Fitzpatrick has always been a great locker room guy, so this isn’t surprising. As for Haskins, well, not so much.