Dwayne Haskins So Bad Redskins Thought He Was Dyslexic
Dwayne Haskins was so bad at reading the playbook that the Washington Redskins reportedly believed he was dyslexic.
The 22-year-old is not in fact dyslexic.
Haskins’ status with the Redskins is now in question after new head coach Ron Rivera admitted that the organization had plans to meet with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Both are considered top prospects at their position heading into he 2020 NFL Draft.
“Everything is an option,” Rivera said this week.
“We’re not closing the door on anything. One of the things that Kyle [Smith] and I talked about is that we have to go through this process because you don’t know what’s going to happen in front of you and we don’t know what’s going to happen with you.
“So we’re going to go through and Tua is one of the guys that were bringing in, just so everybody knows. We’re bringing in [Joe] Burrow and were bringing in Tua. And we will see both of their workouts. That’s just the way it is,” he continued.
“You just don’t know, so we’re going to prepare and we’re going to get ourselves ready.
“We’re going to obviously look at some of the other players, we’re going to look at Chase [Young]. We’re going to look at the corners, we’re going to look at everybody.”
What makes this proclamation particularly odd is that Washington has seemingly committed to Haskins as its quarterback of the future. The presumption up until this past week was that the team would simply use its looming draft pick on Ohio State’s Chase Young.
It is obviously possible that this is simply a smoke screen for leverage. Maybe the Redskins are just trying to make the teams drafting below them who clearly need a quarterback nervous.
Or maybe they are simply dissatisfied with Young.
Recently, Fox Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb shared a story that shines an interesting light on Haskins’ time in Washington. It would also explain why the team is interested in exploring other quarterback options.
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 27, 2020
“One Redskins source told me — Dwayne Haskins was so bad w/the Redskins playbook that the previous staff was concerned he was dyslexic (he is not),” he said.
Obviously it is impossible to confirm or deny Gottlieb’s story either way, but if it is true, it would certainly make sense why the Redskins were not sold on him as a starter.
Beyond Gottlieb’s take, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. recently suggested that Washington take Tagovailoa because of the potential that the youngster has to be a star.
Washington drafting another quarterback just one year after selecting Haskins would not be unprecedented. We saw a similar scenario unfold with the Arizona Cardinals. The team brought in a new coach, much like the Redskins did, and that coach decided he preferred Kyler Murray to Josh Rosen.
Perhaps the same thing will occur in Washington.
One thing is for certain: things will definitely get interesting as we creep closer and closer to April 23.