In the life of an NFL quarterback, just two starts is practically nothing.
Why incomplete? Because the situation Haskins finds himself in is not conducive to success, especially with Washington's lack of WR talent.
On top of that, Haskins' college experience is so limited, there is not much to look back on.
"You’re inherently thrust into a leadership position,” Smith said. “Nobody affects the game more than the quarterback. The entire team, the entire organization is trusting you not only to make great decisions but be accurate with the football, to be on time. These are split-second things.”
And while things on the field are moving at a lightning-quick pace for the young quarterback, Smith said it took him “years” to figure out how to be his own man in the NFL. The veteran's advice for the rookie: focus on what makes him comfortable.
“This has always been my message to Dwayne: ‘I think you need to focus on what really important, and that’s playing well,’” Smith told Michael. “Preparing himself to go play, don’t worry about the rest of the noise. In fact, eliminate it. Try to eliminate as much of the outside noise as possible. Because all your teammates really care about is going out and executing.”
However, patience isn't always afforded to every quarterback equally. And with a new coaching staff coming in for Haskins' second season, the situation could change drastically between now and Week 1 in 2020. And how drastic those changes depends on how well Haskins plays the rest of 2019.