Dwayne Haskins hasn’t actually played for Ron Rivera yet, and still, the quarterback believes in his new coach.
Before the Coronavirus sank the NFL’s pre-draft process two months ago, rumors ran wild about the Redskins having interest in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the second overall pick in April’s draft. Considering the Redskins drafted Haskins 15th overall last year, that clearly would have created a problem.
Despite the speculation, that pick never happened, and according to multiple sources, was never even close to happening. Washington wanted Ohio State defensive end Chase Young all along, and took Young.
So a few weeks after the draft, Haskins explained that he was never worried about Tagovailoa coming to the Redskins.
“Throughout the whole process Ron was just telling me to trust him," Haskins said via the Redskins Talk podcast. "I did so it worked out."
In the interview Haskins seemed more comfortable in his role as the Redskins quarterback than at most points in 2019, his rookie season. That year was filled with tumult, as Haskins was put into tough spots with coaches that didn’t seem thrilled about the front office’s decision to draft him.
In 2020 that vibe seems different.