The Washington Football Team has decided to move on from Dwayne Haskins as team head coach Ron Rivera informed the 23-year-old quarterback on Monday that he would be released. Haskins, who was selected by Washington at No.
15 in the 2019 NFL draft, didn't meet the expectations in the nation's capital and Washington decided to move on from their first round pick after less than two seasons. When Washington used their first round pick to select Haskins, they had high expectations as they hoped the Ohio State product would turn into a franchise quarterback.
A week ago -- hours after a loss to the Seattle Seahawks -- Haskins was photographed at his girlfriend's birthday party with strippers. This past Sunday, Haskins started again for Washington at the quarterback position and again didn't impress as Washington suffered a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Washington would have clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Panthers. "I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward," Washington head coach Rivera said in a statement.
Haskins vows to learn from this experience
"I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB & will become a better man & player because of this experience," Haskins said in a tweet after being released by Washington.
After a loss to the Panthers, Washington head coach Rivera suggested the team could be moving from Haskins. "Sometimes you have to go through hard knocks. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can dig your way back out of it.
Sometimes a change helps," Rivera said. "With Dwayne, it's: What have you learned? What are you going to take from these experiences that are going to help you grow and get better? That's the big thing with him and the thing I hope he learns from these experiences.
Hopefully, they'll make him stronger and they'll help him and, hopefully, when he gets his next opportunity, he'll make the best of it." Haskins is still 23 years old and he wasn't selected for no reason at No.
15 in the 2019 NFL draft. "Well, like I've always said, you watch his talent and you see the arm," Rivera said. "That's the thing that I think is his most redeeming quality as a quarterback, which I think is probably the most important thing."