The Dwayne Haskins era did not exactly get off to a great start. The Washington Redskins' first-round pick averaged 166.2 passing yards per game while throwing 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions across his first five starts. Washington went 2-3 during that period.
However, Haskins actually turned it on down the stretch, which should create some optimism about the 23-year-old's future.
Over his final two starts, Haskins threw for 394 yards, 4 TDs, zero picks and had a stellar 131.3 passer rating. He didn't finish the second game, but he completed 12-of-15 passes for 133 yards and 2 scores before exiting. Six quarters is obviously an extremely small sample size, but this is encouraging nevertheless.
To be fair, he didn't exactly face top-tier competition during that stretch. Last season, the New York Giants were the NFL's second-worst pass defense, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and the Philadelphia Eagles were No. 16.
Haskins did face the similarly-ineffective Detroit Lions' defense in Week 12, though, and he was terrible, throwing for 156 yards, zero scores and 1 interception. Clearly, he was unable to take advantage of a weak defense earlier in the year, but by the end of his rookie season, he was tearing up some below-average defenses.
Even if it didn't come against the best competition, this is undeniably a step in the right direction for Haskins. If he continues on this trajectory, he could become a real threat.
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