DeAngelo Hall surprised Dwayne Haskins wasn't on best behavior after benching
D-Hall was surprised that Haskins was not doing his best after initially performing on the bench at NBC Sports Washington
For Dwayne Haskins, the 2020 season didn't go as he expected. The sophomore quarterback started the season as the team's starter but quickly descended to the third string after just four games.
Ten weeks later, injuries to Washington’s other quarterbacks, Kyle Allen and Alex Smith, gave way to Haskins to return. Haskins' performance against Seattle last Sunday was nothing spectacular, but his on-field play was quickly overshadowed by his off-field antics.
Haskins was photographed without a mask on Sunday after Washington lost to Seattle in violation of the league's COVID protocols. He apologized on Twitter on Tuesday but may put himself and his teammates at risk by not following the rules.
Due to Haskins' uneven season, former Washington defender and NFL Network analyst DeAngelo Hall was surprised by the quarterback's decision as the 23-year-old knows his future in the country's capital is no guarantee.
"Dwayne was the guy who didn't have a long rope in Washington anyway," Hall said of NFL Total Access.
"Just by hearing that Coach [Ron] Rivera and the rest of the staff had shown Dwayne Haskins off, you would have thought this kid was showing his best behavior," Hall continued. "That's the scratching of my head, which is mind-blowing."
Despite his early season, Haskins had a "golden chance" last Sunday, taking it as the starting quarterback for a Washington team in the middle of a playoff push. If Haskins had played well, he could have given the organization a bit more optimism than it would have paid off the first-round investment that Washington made in him in 2019.
Instead, Haskins shot an uneven excursion and then opted for a party afterward, which isn't a good sign for his future with the team.
"This is a kid who understands he doesn't have many chances," said Hall. "In order for him to go out without a mask after the game, he is in danger and the rest of the boys in this locker room."
Even if Haskins remains coronavirus free, the quarterback will return to the bench for the sophomore year once Smith is healthy. Head coach Ron Rivera also said so after Sunday's game, and the team are reportedly optimistic that Smith can return against Carolina this week.
"This team actually has a chance to win the NFC East," said Hall. "That was something when the season started, it wasn't achievable. I think everyone understands that if Alex Smith is healthy he'll be the guy. There's no doubt about that."
So what's next for Haskins? Hall believes he needs to take a step back and keep learning from Smith on and off the field what the sophomore must do.
"For Dwayne Haskins, it's about trying to learn from it and grow as a footballer," said Hall.
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