Steelers HC Mike Tomlin says he's focused on personal development of Dwayne Haskins
There’s no denying Dwayne Haskins has serious arm talent as a quarterback, but he has been off to a rough start to his NFL career.
Some of the troubles for Haskins came off the field in 2020. It started with a report that he violated team protocols during the season and lost his captain’s role as a result. What followed was a dismal performance on the field before Washington eventually released him less than two years after taking him in the first round.
Now, Haskins is with the Pittsburgh Steelers after signing a one-year deal in the offseason. He will get the opportunity to work alongside quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and under head coach Mike Tomlin, something Tomlin was asked about Wednesday.
According to Steelers reporter Missi Mathews, Tomlin indicated he is currently more concerned with Haskins’ development as a person and how that affects his football:
Coach Tomlin on getting to know Dwayne Haskins: I've been more concerned about Dwayne the person…what he's been through…how it's affected the growth and development of his game.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) June 16, 2021
Haskins also said he is eager for the chance to prove to the Steelers organization that he loves football:
Haskins said he's known Josh Dobbs since college and worked out with Mason Rudolph this offseason. He's also been a "big, Big Ben fan for a while."
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) June 17, 2021
Hopefully, Tomlin and Pittsburgh can help Haskins find his feet as an NFL player. So far it is good to see they are actively trying to work on his total development and invest in his well-being.