Former first round pick Dwyane Haskins has one goal and that's to prove the Pittsburgh Steelers that he loves football and wants to help them achieve success. Haskins, who was selected at No. 15 in the 2019 NFL draft by the Washington Football, was released toward the end of last season.
After his release, the Steelers decided to pick him up and give him another opportunity in the NFL. "I just wanted to prove to the coaching staff and my teammates how much I love football," Haskins said on Thursday.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here and showing them that my mind is in the right place and I'm willing to work to be able to show my talents and be able to work and earn a spot here." Haskins breached COVID-19 violatins during his days in Washington, attended parties and it all resulted in him being released.
"I just wanted to be at a place where I felt like I was wanted and I feel like I'm wanted here," he said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to be somewhere where I just feel I can be myself and play ball and not have to worry about all the other stuff that comes along with it."
Ben Roethlisberger hopes Haskins succeeds in Pittsburgh
"I was just telling (quarterbacks) Coach Sully [Mike Sullivan] the other day that his release and throwing motion mechanics are some of the prettiest I have ever seen," Roethlisberger said during OTAs.
"I told him I wish I had that. I joked that he could throw it through a car wash, and it wouldn't get wet." Haskins impressed Steelers quarterback coach Mike Sullivan. "Everything he has shown to this point is things that you would want out of a young man who has a second chance and is trying to make the most of that and is trying to compete," said Sullivan, who previously worked with Eli Manning on the New York Giants' staff.
"So, he's put in a great amount of time. He's a hard worker, done everything that we've asked him to do. It's exciting to see as he continues to progress and gets more opportunities where this will end up."
Haskins is determined to show the Steelers that they didn't make a mistake by taking him. "My expectations here is to make everyone who decided to take a chance on me look good and just work as hard as I possibly can and let my work speak for itself," Haskins said. "Of course, I want to take after Big Ben and stuff like that, but that comes in due time."