Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be impressed with the newest member of the quarterback room. Dwayne Haskins, who was a first-round pick out of the Ohio State University in 2018, has received high praise from the two-time Super Bowl champion:
“I was just telling Coach Sullivan the other day that his release and throwing motion mechanics are some of the prettiest I have ever seen,” said Roethlisberger in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday. Roethlisberger went on to say, “I joked that he could throw it through a car wash, and it wouldn’t get wet”.
Roethlisberger, who has played with and against hundreds of quarterbacks during his 17 year career, must be extremely impressed with Haskins to speak so highly of him after only working with him for a couple weeks.
Haskins, who has had an up and down professional career so far, clearly is a very talented player. Unfortunately, Haskins has had off the field issues that have questioned his commitment to professional football. After being let go by the Washington Football Team during the 2020 season, Haskins signed a one-year contract with the Steelers this offseason.
Haskins is likely to have an uphill battle as the Steelers already have Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph pretty well solidified as the first and second players on the depth chart. Haskins had a rough start to his tenure in the NFL compiling a 3-10 record as a starter and throwing 12 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. However, if Haskins can show his commitment to excelling in the NFL, then the Steelers might have a steal on their hands based on Roethlisberger’s comments.
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