Dwayne Haskins struggled for the Redskins in 2019, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism around the Washington quarterback heading into 2020.
The 2020 season is a make-or-break campaign for Dwayne Haskins. If he plays well then it’s very likely that Washington will commit to him as their franchise quarterback of the present and future. If he falters, it’s very likely that the Redskins front office will consider drafting a new signal-caller to replace him.
The fact that Haskins only went 2-5 as a starter in 2019 should give the organization pause about making him the face of the franchise. The reality that Haskins was responsible for two of his team’s three wins last season does show that he had a positive impact on his team.
He still needs to take a big step forward in 2020 to silence the doubters. Haskins isn’t going to turn the Redskins into Super Bowl contenders next year, but here are five reasons why he can pilot Washington to respectability.
5. The division isn’ t overwhelming
The NFC East has some interesting teams, but there isn’t an obvious Super Bowl contender in the bunch. That means that the Redskins should be able to win some games inside their own division.
Admittedly, Washington is going to be an underdog in every road game. Haskins is going to struggle when he’s forced to play at Dallas or Philadelphia. On the plus side, the Redskins will have a strong chance to be competitive in every home game they play inside the NFC East.
The team’s front office wants to see Haskins make progress against teams inside their own division. The lack of a dominating defense in this year’s division is going to set up nicely for the quarterback’s development.