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Tim Benz: Steelers’ signing of Dwayne Haskins shows what could come in the post-Roethlisberger era

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There may be a number of hypothesis over what the signing of former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins “actually” means for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Is it an indicator that Ben Roethlisberger goes to retire? Is Haskins being introduced on board to goose Roethlisberger in that path? Does it imply that Mason Rudolph goes to be traded or reduce?

My guess is not one of the above. In my opinion, that is nothing greater than Paxton Lynch 2.0. Which is a bizarre factor for me to kind because it’s laborious to even acknowledge that Paxton Lynch truly ever existed as a Steeler within the first place.

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He did. Belief me. I noticed him on the observe fields.

It’s the identical train with Haskins, although. They’re merely bringing in one other failed first-round quarterback with athletic upside and arm expertise to see if they’ll uncover what his first group didn’t.

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And in the event that they don’t, it’s simply as straightforward to quietly enable Haskins to vanish on his one-year futures contract because it was to eliminate Lynch. I imply, I seen Lynch’s departure even lower than I seen his arrival. Didn’t you?

Optimists concerning the transfer can name it low danger, excessive reward. One group’s castoff is one other group’s treasure.

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Yeah. OK. Perhaps. I’m going a extra conservative route. I name it low danger, low reward.

In an absolute best-case situation, perhaps Haskins proves to be a greater backup than Mason Rudolph. Despite the fact that their numbers up to now within the NFL don’t counsel that.

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Rudolph has performed in 15 video games. Haskins in 16. Rudolph has extra touchdowns, a greater passer score, fewer interceptions, a greater completion share and fewer sacks than Haskins.

Plus, you need to take into account why Washington removed a former first-round draft selection QB in simply two years. Not solely was it sluggish growth. It was off-the-field stuff, too. Like violating covid-19 protocols by failing to put on a masks whereas partying after a recreation throughout the 2020 season. That act resulted in his captaincy being removed. He was additionally reportedly benched for poor practice habits and preparation.

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Do the Steelers need that man of their quarterback room throughout Roethlisberger’s final 12 months?

Yeah. I don’t suppose so both.

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Moreover, I’d hate to see the Steelers go on a probably higher choice in the event that they suppose one is accessible in free company or the center rounds of the draft simply because they’ve Haskins within the combine now. Quarterback isn’t like a lot of the different positions. You may’t simply assemble as many as you need and allow them to combat it out for enjoying time and spots on the depth chart.

No less than not now with Roethlisberger nonetheless beneath contract.

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However perhaps that’s the mentality. Perhaps that’s the considering. Simply hoard a batch of quarterbacks collectively so nobody else can get them in the meanwhile. Give your self as a lot of an choice for a succession plan as attainable after Roethlisberger’s contract expires on the finish of 2021.

Like when the Steelers added Tommy Maddox to the combo in 2001 with Kordell Stewart and Tee Martin. By early 2002, Maddox was beginning.

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Or regardless of the franchise was attempting to do within the Eighties with no matter mixture that they had in a given 12 months of Cliff Stoudt, Mark Malone, David Woodley, Bubby Brister, Scott Campbell, Todd Blackledge, Rick Strom and Steve Bono.

Woof! That’s fairly a listing. Perhaps Lynch or Haskins would’ve had a shot to emerge as a starter from that group.

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To me, that’s essentially the most evident indicator. Not a lot that the Haskins signing goes to impression the Steelers in 2021. However beginning in 2022, we may even see the franchise wandering down that Eighties path of regularly throwing collectively a hodgepodge of quarterback mediocrity till they stumble onto the following succesful full-time starter.

My hunch is Haskins’ function in Steelers historical past will likely be each little bit of a footnote as a lot of the names in that bunch. And attempting to learn the tea leaves for some deeper impression of this signing is a fruitless endeavor.

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Let’s simply hope the Steelers don’t go on somebody who turns into one other group’s treasure simply because Haskins is right here.

You realize, like in 1983 after they felt adequate about having Stoudt and Malone behind the getting old and surgically repaired Terry Bradshaw. So within the draft, they took Gabe Rivera instead of Dan Mari….

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By no means thoughts.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Assessment workers author. You may contact Tim at [email protected] or through Twitter. All tweets could possibly be reposted. All emails are topic to publication except specified in any other case.

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