Dwayne Haskins Jr. is excited for his return back to Ohio this week when Washington goes on the road to face the Cleveland Browns. He talked about playing with Denzel Ward in college when they were teammates at Ohio State. He also mentioned Browns defenders Miles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, and Sheldon Richardson. Haskins knows Washington are the underdogs on the road against the Browns.
“We’re going into their house. No one is expecting us to win, probably. And that’s good; we want it that way.”
Haskins talked about the need to improve, and trusting the play, not letting the last play affect the next play. He mentioned not coming off a progression to potentially make a bigger play. Haskins feels comfortable in a no huddle offense, but mentions it’s difficult to slow down when playing up tempo. He has to trust his progressions and have more patience.
Dwayne Haskins Jr.
Dwayne Haskins spoke to the media about the challenges of the Browns' defense.— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 23, 2020
Need to improve:
Dwayne Haskins time. On what to fix. Trusting the play and not letting the last play effect the next play.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 23, 2020
Dwayne Haskins said the biggest thing he needs to improve on is "trusting the play." He has to go through the reads and make sure the ball is completed. Doesn't want to force.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 23, 2020
Haskins said the biggest thing he needs to improve on is "trusting the play." That includes not coming off a progression because there's possibly a bigger play and standing strong in the pocket amid pressure. Haskins ran right into a sack Sunday against Arizona.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
Dwayne Haskins says he/they have "to understand situational football"— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 23, 2020
Says he is working on getting through reads 1 & 2 but remaining patient to get to 3 & 4 while also keeping a mental clock.
Also mentions when he gets man coverage "gotta let your guys win."@WSHFootballSI
No huddle offense:
Haskins with a lot of talk about tempo/play speed, etc... Will say: His answers are a lot more in-depth in these group sessions compared to last year. Some of this is what I'd see in 1-1 sessions. Think shows some maturity; has been more even-keeled in the group sessions.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 23, 2020
Slowing down while speeding up:
Haskins admits it's difficult to slow down when playing in an up-tempo offense where he's supposed to get the ball out quick. It just goes back to trusting his progressions; if his first read isn't there, move on (and so on and so forth).— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
QB Dwayne Haskins says he's "very comfortable" in a no-huddle/up-tempo offense. Says the language/concepts are simpler, which Haskins said helps a bunch of young players still trying to master a new offense.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
After a solid second-half performance in Arizona, Haskins said the offense can build on getting on the ball fast after explosive plays. That will help get the unit into a better rhythm and help it sustain drives.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
Dwayne Haskins on the WRs: "If we need to make a play, we know what Terry can do, and we're trying to get those other guys to step up.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
"And I want to step up as well and be better for myself and my teammates so we can be more effective and score earlier and win more games."
Dwayne Haskins on the Browns' defense (2/2): Acknowledged the threat of DE Miles Garrett and having to neutralize him. Also mentioned DTs Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson. "The D-line is very active."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
Underdogs vs Browns:
Dwayne Haskins on playing the Browns: "We're going into their house. No one is expecting us to win, probably. And that's good; we want it that way."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 23, 2020
Said the biggest thing will be to trust what OC Scott Turner calls, trust the O-line to protect and trust the WRs to get open.
"It's really disgusting" @WashingtonNFL QB Dwayne Haskins (@dh_simba7) reacts to the Breonna Taylor case to charge only one of the three officers.— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) September 23, 2020
More tonight on @wusa9
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Dwayne Haskins on the cops not being charged in the Breonna Taylor case: "It's really disgusting. ... I'm very pissed off."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 23, 2020
Antonio Gibson also got a chance to speak to the media today. He talked about getting into a rhythm with his running style. He had more energy, and got a better feel for the defense last week against the Cardinals. Gibson said people underestimate his 4.39 speed because he’s a big back. He thinks the combination of the skillsets of Washington’s running backs can be a problem for defenses, he thinks they can be a “three-headed monster”.
Gibson is still adjusting to the speed of the game in the NFL, but said he was better adjusted last week and got better acclimated. He is also working on getting lower when running the ball. Terry McLaurin had to remind him to get his first touchdown ball.
There's a lot that goes into Gibson getting into a rhythm from the offensive line to learning how linebackers are flowing. It's all about putting that together, he said, and he was able to do that better against Arizona.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Gibson said people underestimate his speed.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Gibson ran a 4.39. I don't see how teams don't account for that. We haven't seen his breakaway speed just yet, but Gibson has improved each week. It might be just a matter of time.
Gibson said defenders have always underestimated his speed because he's a big back. That's also happening on this level.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 23, 2020
Said his coaches at Memphis were among the underestimate faction. Once they realized, he got the ball more.
I wrote about that, actually... https://t.co/pHukiPPvOH
Gibson feels like the combination of the skillsets at RB can be a problem for defenses. Everyone can step up and contribute and he thinks they can be a "three-headed monster."— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
It means a lot to Gibson that is part of Rivera's plans to turn the franchise around. The coaching staff believes in him and the rest of the rookies. They have a chance to make history, Gibson said, and there's always time to build.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Speed of the game:
Gibson said the first couple of plays against the Eagles were extremely fast. Against the Cardinals, he had a better idea of what to look for and got better acclimated to the speed of the game.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Antonio Gibson said he's had to work on lowering his shoulder through the hole. Typical adjustment given his transition. Saw 1-2 times Sun where could have lowered. This is an example of what was missed not having a preseason...— John Keim (@john_keim) September 23, 2020
Antonio Gibson said Terry McLaurin reminded him to go back and retrieve the football from his first career touchdown last week. Believe he said they got it back after the game. Gibson left it behind at first.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 23, 2020
Gibson also seems to be on board with something RBs coach Randy Jordan said last Friday, which was the old adage: "Don't count your reps, make your reps count." He thinks he could be the team leader in carries on week, Barber the next week, for example.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) September 23, 2020
Matt Ioannidis thinks the defensive line rotation has been solid and everyone has been contributing. They are still learning techniques due to the shortened offseason and change in defensive schemes. It’s a different style, vertical and penetrating. He talked about the lack of fans at games, and that it will be more likely defensive linemen will jump offsides because of the cadence.
Matt Ioannidis is addressing the media. He thinks the rotation at defensive line has been solid and everyone has been able to come to the table and produce.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Learning new techniques:
Ioannidis said it has been challenging learning new techniques with no OTAs and shortened training camp. It's a different style, he said, more of a vertical penetrating style. But he said things are coming along well.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Ioannidis said you can definitely tell the difference between fans and no fans in stadiums. He thinks more defensive linemen are going to jump offsides because of the cadence.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020
Ioannidis said taking the cross-country trip for games are always tough, but the team has done a good job of taking care of the players to make sure they're well-rested.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 23, 2020