Ben Roethlisberger’s standing with the Steelers is at present in limbo, as Pittsburgh normal supervisor Kevin Colbert tries to determine whether or not or not he can put collectively a workforce that’s ok to warrant paying to maintain Roethlisberger underneath heart for an 18th season. If he determines that can’t be achieved, Colbert and the wage cap-strapped Steelers will probably resolve to go in one other route at quarterback. That would open the door for Mason Rudolph to maneuver into the beginning job. Behind him could be Dwayne Haskins, a former first-round choose who signed a one-year take care of the Steelers final month. “We have Mason Rudolph, and Mason did an actual good job in that sport he performed and began in opposition to Cleveland within the [regular-season] finale,” Colbert instructed’s Missi Matthews earlier this week. “Came up a little bit brief in giving us a win, however gave us an opportunity, and that was actually essential for him. It was essential for us to see that.” Colbert additionally touched on Haskins, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback who drew comparisons to Roethlisberger throughout his time at Ohio State. 

“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can do with us,” Colbert stated. “It did not work out for him in Washington. We had excessive grades on Dwayne popping out of Ohio State. He bought picked quite a bit larger than we have been capable of make that call. … He’s a younger, proficient quarterback that we’re anxious to see what he can do as soon as he will get right here and will get working with us.” The fifteenth total choose within the 2019 draft, Haskins was launched by Washington following a subpar efficiency within the Football Team’s Week 16 loss to the Panthers. Haskins’ highly-publicized violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols additionally contributed to his launch. After being launched, Haskins described what he referred to as the “worst week of his life” throughout an interview with WUSA9’s Darren Haynes. “Gotta be accountable for the selections you make in life, and have the ability to transfer ahead and make the perfect choices,” Haskins stated. “I’ve little doubt in my thoughts that I can overcome this, develop and develop into a greater particular person, a greater athlete, a greater quarterback and a greater chief due to this. That’s one thing I’m praying and dealing on to point out. I’m hoping {that a} new change in surroundings will assist with that.”

In two seasons in Washington, Haskins went simply 3-10 as a starter. He accomplished 60.1% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In 2020, the previous first-round choose gained simply one in all his six begins whereas throwing extra interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (5). And whereas Haskins and fellow backup Kyle Allen went a mixed 2-8 as Washington’s beginning quarterbacks, veteran Alex Smith — the 2020 Comeback Player of the Year — went 5-1 underneath heart whereas main the Football Team to an NFC East division title. While a few of Haskins’ struggles have been his doing, the truth that he has needed to play for 3 totally different coaches and two totally different coordinators probably contributed to his lack of success. Haskins additionally needed to play behind an offensive line that allowed 50 sacks to Washington’s quarterbacks in every of the previous two seasons. Haskins did have some shiny moments throughout his time in Washington. In his sixth profession begin, Haskins threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns (whereas finishing almost 68% of his passes) in Washington’s 37-27 loss to Philadelphia. In Week 4 of the 2020 season, Haskins threw for 314 yards whereas finishing over 71% of his throws in Washington’s 31-17 loss to the Ravens. 

While the Steelers will probably add to their quarterback room throughout the offseason, it is fairly clear that Haskins and Rudolph will enter coaching camp because the Steelers’ top-two quarterbacks if Roethlisberger is not a part of the equation.