Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. addressed reporters from Redskins Park on Wednesday following his career performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Here are five takeaways from his press conference:
1. Haskins elaborates on his best game as a pro.
Haskins put forth the best statistical performance of his career Sunday against the Eagles, setting career-highs in passing yards (261) and yards per completion (9.3) and finishing with a passer rating (121.3) that shattered his previous best.
But he also thought it was his best game in terms of executing the game plan, which fueled the Redskins' 27-point showing.
"We were doing that all week in practice and just trying to translate it to the game, and I felt like that game was the game that we capitalized the most."
Haskins said having film from the teams' first meeting -- a 32-27 Eagles win in the regular season opener -- helped him prepare for the Week 15 showdown. And while Case Keenum was the starting quarterback for that game, Haskins was still able to familiarize himself with schemes, coverages and personnel of the defense.
"[They] like to rock and roll the safeties, and it's hard to have a nickel play deep safety and be able to play in the middle of the field, so we got to take advantage of that when we play them," Haskins said. "So, each game we play -- at least in the NFC East -- we know certain tendencies of the defensive coordinators, certain tendencies of the players and we'll be able to try and exploit them a little bit."
2. Haskins said he's a "totally different guy" since he last played the Giants in Week 4.
Haskins made his NFL debut in New York on Sept. 29 when he replaced starting quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter. He even led the Redskins to a field goal on his first possession.
However, that's as close as Haskins and the offense got to scoring a touchdown in the 24-3 defeat. It was a performance to forget for the 15th overall pick, who completed just 9 of his 17 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions. He was also sacked twice.
"I threw up watching that film," Haskins told reporters Wednesday. "I don't like watching that tape, so it's a totally different guy."
Those who follow Haskins closely would agree with that last statement. He's looked much more comfortable as of late and has combined to throw just four interceptions in his past seven appearances (six starts). Last week against Philadelphia, he thew for 261 yards and two touchdowns while not committing a turnover or being sacked.
He's looking forward to further showcasing that transformation Sunday.
"It's just that I'm a whole different player than I was back then," Haskins said. "Watching that tape, that's not me and it wasn't me out there. You just want to look at it and be like, 'This is what I messed up on' and move on from it. I don't mind watching it; I just prefer to watch something else."
Take a look at practice photos from Wednesday's practice for the upcoming game.
3. Haskins has no interest comparing himself to fellow rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones was the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, while Haskins was taken 15th. Jones was named the starter in Week 3, while Haskins had to wait until Week 9.
And when the two faced off in Week 4, Jones got the better of his rookie counterpart, throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown on 23 of 31 passing in the 24-3 triumph.
But entering the Week 16 rematch at FedExField, Haskins is not concerned with any of those comparisons. When asked if there's extra motivation considering Jones was drafted ahead of him, Haskins quickly responded, "Absolutely not."
"We were in the same throwing group at the [NFL] combine, and he's a good dude," Haskins went on to say about Jones. "T.J. Rahming played receiver for us in minicamp and stuff like that. He played with him at Duke, and I have a lot of respect for him. Good quarterback."
4. Adrian Peterson has taught Haskins how to be a professional.
Haskins grew up playing with Peterson in the Madden video game series. He's always been a fan of the 13-year veteran, who has racked up more than 14,000 rushing yards since entering the NFL.
Nowadays, Haskins is the one responsible for helping Peterson climb the record books. It's a role he does not take lightly.
"It's really surreal just to have him and some other guys on the team who've played and who've done remarkably well for their career," Haskins said. "He's someone you look at on offense as a leader, so I'm excited to be with him and continue the season with him and hopefully another year."
When asked what Peterson has meant to him off of the field, Haskins said he's taught him how to be a professional in this league.
"Everyone says that, but everyone does it in a different way, and he's someone that you look to that does it the right way," Haskins said. "He has a great amount of respect from everybody in the locker room and someone that everyone looks to for leadership."
5. More than anything, Haskins wants to continually grow over the final two games.
The Redskins will not be going to the playoffs this season, but there's still plenty to play for for a young team facing back-to-back divisional games.
After all, the team starts four rookies on offense with Haskins, wide receivers Kelvin Harmon, Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims Jr. and guard Wes Martin and utilizes two more first-year players defensively (linebackers Cole Holcomb and Montez Sweat).
For Haskins, the goal entering the final stretch of 2019 is simple: continual growth.
"Last home game [Sunday], so I'm excited about that and just the opportunity to play the game and put the ball in the air allowing the guys to make plays," he said. "We have fun making plays, and the more chances we have at doing that, the more fun I have."