Dwayne Haskins continues to impress Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
After training camp began Wednesday, Gruden had nothing but praise for the rookie quarterback, saying his ‘poise’ was remarkable.
“I think the one thing that you can’t gauge — and it’s still early — but it’s the poise factor,” Gruden told reporters, via ProFootballTalk . “I think he’s got great poise for a young player. You watch him in college, he had great poise. He played at Ohio State and he had some big-time games and the poise he displayed in the pocket carried over to the OTAs.
“People were around him, I know he knew he wasn’t getting hit, but still, his ability to move his feet in the pocket, kept his eyes downfield, and make plays outside of the pocket was very exciting. I think he’s got a great demeanor about himself. I don’t think he lets one play affect his next play, which is very very important for a quarterback in the National Football League.”
Despite Haskins’ positive start to training camp, Gruden refused to say how the reps were being split or if the team was leaning toward a particular quarterback to start this season.
“I think we just have to play it out,” he said. “I think we just have to be aware of making sure people get challenged in critical situations, as well as first, second down, throwing a bootleg — got to make sure we push the pocket a little bit, get them some drops and some throws against us in pass rush, and some different looks.
“So, it’ll be a good challenge for us. I think, obviously, that’s the number one challenge that we have as a staff going into this season is to make sure we get those guys the reps and give them ample opportunity to succeed and show that they’re the starter.”
Along with Haskins, Colt McCoy is expected to be back after breaking his leg toward the end of the season, along with newly acquired Case Keenam and Josh Woodrum.
The Redskins’ starter in 2018, Alex Smith, is expected to miss this season after he suffered a horrifying leg injury in November.