As Washington looks to bounce back against Cleveland in Week 3, Ron Rivera took a moment Thursday to assess Dwayne Haskins' development as a passer.
One of the quarterback's biggest opportunities for growth, Rivera said, is in his mechanics, of which the head coach offered blunt criticism coming off Washington's Week 2 loss to the Cardinals.
"It's all about developing what the player needs to have, and again, right now, with Dwayne (Haskins), he didn’t play a lot of football last year, so he’s still developing," Rivera told reporters. "And as far as we’re concerned, in our system, he’s not even close to what we’re looking for in terms of those mechanics."
"But he’s got the skill set, he's got a quick trigger, he’s made good decisions," he added. "So now it’s just a matter of putting it all together, again getting the mechanics to work as you’re reading through your progressions."
"That’s the thing that you want to see with his development as far as that’s concerned," Rivera continued, "because the young man’s got what you’re looking for. Now it’s a matter of being able to put it all together.
"The only way to do that is by reps, reps, reps. The more he practices, the more he plays, the more development we’re gonna see, so I’m anxious — every time we get ready to play an opponent on Sundays — to watch him. I want to see how he’s grown."
"I see some good things in practice," he said. "I want to see those things taken to the football field. Just watching him grow and develop. I mean, that was one of the exciting things about watching Cam (Newton) for all those years, as you watch each time at just where he’s gotten and the big steps he took, and that’s where we’re looking forward with Dwayne."