Ron Rivera says Dwayne Haskins 'needs to just prioritize' to make it big in NFL
Dwayne Haskins didn’t last long in Washington. Two years after being a first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the former Ohio State quarterback is already with a new team.
Concerns about Haskins repeatedly surfaced during the 2020 season with the Football Team, ultimately leading in the two sides parting ways. In the offseason, the ex-Buckeye signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is hoping to start fresh with a new organization.
So what stood in the way of Haskins being a successful quarterback in Washington? Head coach Ron Rivera wasn’t afraid of honesty in a recent conversation on Colin Cowherd’s podcast.
“You know what? I tried to come to terms with him,” Rivera said on The Colin Cowherd Podcast. “He’s a very talented player. He’s got an NFL arm, a legit arm, and there’s a part of him that he wants to, but something keeps getting in the way. I’m not sure what it was, and that was the hard part because he puts in the time, and then he doesn’t. And you’re wondering, ‘Where is he? What’s he doing?’ You see him over there and you go, ‘OK,’ and then you don’t see him. So I think the thing he needs to do is just prioritize. The kid, as I said, he’s talented, and if he ever does get it, he’s going to make an impact.”
Haskins began his second year in the NFL as the starter at Washington, but was quickly bumped down the depth chart. He ended the 2020 season with 1,439 yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Maybe a fresh start is exactly what Haskins needs in Pittsburgh.