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Dwayne Haskins is 'thankful' for his opportunity in Pittsburgh

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Dwayne Haskins had a tumultuous tenure in Washington and is now just looking forward to a clean slate in Pittsburgh. Haskins was selected at 15th overall by Washington in the 2019 NFL Draft and he didn't even make it through two seasons before being released last year, due to a combination of on and off-the-field issues.

Haskins' off-the-field issues centered around immaturity and his play on the field was subpar, to say the least.

In his two seasons in Washington, Haskins completed 267 of 444 pass attempts for 2,804 yards (60.1%) with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In 2020, he completed 148 of 241 passes for 1,439 yards and had a 5-7 touchdown-interception ratio. Following a second COVID-19 violation in late December of 2020, Washington had seen enough and released Haskins.

"It was for sure humbling," Haskins said about Washington releasing him. "I just wanted to be in a place where I was wanted, and I am wanted here. I am thankful for the opportunity to be somewhere where I feel like I can be myself and play ball and not worry about the other stuff that comes along with it."

Now that Haskins is away from the D.C. metro area, which is where he went to high school, having a fresh new start in Pittsburgh could be just what the 24-year-old quarterback needs

"Just coming here to Pittsburgh, I wanted to prove to the coaching staff and my teammates how much I love football," Haskins said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to be here. My mind is in the right place. I am willing to work to show my talents and be able to earn a spot here. Being able to be here now, I want to work hard and figure things out together."


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