The NFL offseason can be a very boring time. This is often when you begin to see some predictions regarding the upcoming season.
Despite not having any OTA’s or rookie minicamps yet, the national talking heads need to have something to discuss.
Chris Simms, like he’s done in previous years, put out his rankings for his top 40 NFL quarterbacks heading into the 2020 season. You can see his entire list on his Twitter @CSimmsQB. The Redskins own Dwayne Haskins landed at number 39 on Simms’ list. Here is what he had to say about the second year signal caller.
3⃣9⃣ Dwayne Haskins— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) May 26, 2020
Really don't know how to sum up his rookie season. Some nice moments and throws that make you see why he was a 1st rd pick. Others where you shake your head and realize how raw of a talent he still is. Big Q about how new staff will embrace him#SimmsTop40QB
Now, everyone on social media is entitled to an opinion - we’ve all seen plenty of this. However, I do take issue with this ranking for two reasons. 1) To fully understand Dwayne’s rookie season, you really need to separate it into two parts, and understand he was not being groomed at all as a starter under Jay Gruden, and 2) Simms has Haskins behind a player who has never taken an NFL snap (how is that fair?), and another with a total of 4 career passing attempts!
Facts are, if you look at the complete dumpster fire that was the Redskins 2019 season, then look at how Haskins was handled, and how he performed, during his final 6 1⁄2 starts, it’s really a tale of two seasons.
Here are Haskins’ numbers over his final 6 1⁄2 NFL starts:
- 1081 yards, 61% completion percentage, 7 TDs, 3 INT’s.
Highest graded rookie QBs— PFF (@PFF) February 6, 2020
1. Gardner Minshew - 70.3
2. Dwayne Haskins - 67.6
3. Daniel Jones - 65.7 pic.twitter.com/Qmcmk2ufAn
I took a closer look at Dwayne Haskins' PFF numbers from his starts this year and it's pretty exciting to see where he ranks among rookies.— Nick Akridge (@PFF_NickAkridge) January 30, 2020
From Weeks 9-17:
- Passing grade: 73.3 (1st)
- Big-time throws: 8 (2nd)
- Turnover-worthy plays: 3 (1st)
Dwayne Haskins' 2019 PFF grade is higher than:— Hogs Haven (@HogsHaven) December 24, 2019
Obviously their ratings are subjective but I agree with this. Get him more weapons and o-line and his future looks bright.
Looking at Haskins’ 2019 season, you really need to be able to put into context the events surrounding the rookie, and really look at how he finished the season when making a fair judgement.
In this list by Chris Simms, I do not believe he did any of this.