James Washington says Dwayne Haskins is a ‘great person’ and just needs guys who will ‘help him out’
Updated: Jun 8
Ben Roethlisberger unprompted during his media session this past Tuesday surprisingly raved about Dwayne Haskins’ natural ability to throw the football.
“His release and throwing motion mechanics are some of the prettiest I have ever seen. … I wish I had that,” Roethlisberger said of Haskins. “I joked that he could throw it through a car wash and it wouldn’t get wet. He’s learning it. It’s obviously a new system for him. He’s young in the league. It’s fun to have that young energy around. As I said, when he throws a football, it’s pretty.”
Steelers wide receiver James Washington had similar comments about the former Washington quarterback, who was selected 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
“He throws it pretty hard, I will say that,” Washington said. “He’s got an arm on him.”
Judging by Haskins’ social media posts, it seems like the young quarterback is enjoying his new team and city, and is looking forward to reviving his career, as things didn’t work out at all in Washington both on and off the field.
Maturity issues seemed to be the biggest reason for Haskins’ downfall in Washington, but now that he’s 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.
“He’s a people person. Even if he doesn’t know you, he’ll come up to you and introduce himself, try to start a conversation, and get to know people,” Washington said of Haskins. “That’s one of the main things that stuck out to me. I think he’s a great person. He just needs guys that will stick around him and help him out.”
What Washington said in the last line is exactly what Haskins needs in Pittsburgh. He just needs to surround himself around a good supporting cast and focus completely on football. If he does that, the rest should take care of itself.
As Roethlisberger said, Haskins is incredibly gifted. He just needs to put it all together now.