Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has announced that Dwyane Haskins will start the team's final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Haskins, who was taken at No. 15 in the 2019 NFL draft by the Washington Football Team, failed to live up to the expectation in Washington so the team released him last year.
"Excited about giving him an opportunity to see some reps against Carolina's first group," Tomlin said, per ESPN. Washington had high expectations for Haskins but they came to the realization that he would never turn into a franchise quarterback so they moved on from him.
"I feel like that game really just was tough for me more than anything," Haskins said on Wednesday. "Probably the biggest thing for me going into this game is understanding and realizing that that's not who I am now, and that's not what I was trying to be when I was playing.
... "I'm looking forward to showcasing and doing things that I know I'm talented enough to do. And go out there and put it on film."
Haskins is currently the third-string quarterback for the Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers' quarterback No.
1, while Mason Rudolph comes at No. 2. "It's all a business," Haskins said of limited opportunities with the first string. "You have to earn the right to have those type of reps. It's my first year here, so I think the opportunity I do get, I've got to do good stuff so I can get more.
"I don't have the expectation that I need to have varsity reps or I want to be with the 1s and if I don't have it, I won't be happy. I don't feel that way at all. But when I do get those reps, I look at it as opportunity to show why they brought me here."
Haskins insists his confidence has grown over the last few months. "I feel like being here has allowed me to be myself and be able to go out there and have fun," Haskins said. "I feel like you see it in my play, you see it in how I operate, how I talk to my teammates.
I feel like it's contagious." "It's a combination of everything," Haskins added, explaining the keys that led to his increased confidence. "Really just trusting myself, believing in myself and taking a lot of time to self-reflect on things.
And, of course, being in a situation where people around you want to see you succeed. That's probably the biggest thing."