Dwayne Haskins Emerging as Redskins Team Leader at a Truly Crucial Time

Dwayne Haskins
Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins endured a forgettable rookie season in 2019, but that was undeniably the product of being woefully managed by former head coach Jay Gruden, who reportedly didn't want the franchise to draft him in the first place.

With Ron Rivera now running the show in DC, Haskins is fully expected to make significant strides in Year 2, and the latest buzz out of the Redskins' virtual offseason program suggests that he's stepped up big time in the leadership department -- which really couldn't have come at a better time.

The fact that Haskins is taking an interest in his teammates' non-football lives bodes extremely well for his chances at becoming a leading voice for the Redskins for years to come. A largely unproven 23-year-old shouldn't necessarily be burdened with speaking words of wisdom to his cohorts during a time of civil unrest, but to see him stepping up and doing exactly that proves that the former No. 15 overall pick has a tremendous head on his shoulders and is ready to stand up for what's right.

Haskins was even seen on the front lines of the George Floyd protests in downtown Washington over the weekend.

The Ohio State product really couldn't be setting a better example if he tried. Don't look now, but Haskins, assuming he doesn't suffer a strict repeat of 2019 behind center, is very much emerging as the next face of the Redskins franchise.