- The Washington Times - Monday, November 15, 2021

The knock on Dwayne Haskins was that he didn’t prepare seriously enough when he was with the Washington Football Team.

Now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haskins‘ preparation — or lack thereof — still seems to be a focal point. 

The NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala tweeted Monday that Haskins “spent warm-ups throwing lousy passes (and) checking his phone” before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Haskins, the 15th overall pick in 2019, has been Pittsburgh’s third-string quarterback for most of the season. But on Sunday, he became the primary backup as starter Ben Roethlisberger was out due to a positive COVID-19 test. 

Washington released Haskins before the end of last season after numerous incidents. The 23-year-old was caught partying and violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols after a game last year, an incident that caused Haskins to apologize. The quarterback was also benched after four games — with coach Ron Rivera later admitting Haskins‘ work ethic was inconsistent.  

This also isn’t the first phone-related controversy related to Haskins. During the quarterback’s rookie year, Haskins missed the final play of his first win because he was busy taking a selfie with fans. 

The Steelers signed Haskins in January in an attempt to salvage his career. Haskins made the team’s 53-man roster, but failed to beat out backup Mason Rudolph.


• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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