LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - With no preseason games and no joint training camps, there's no question week one of the 2020 NFL season arrives with uncertainty.
"We have guys that haven’t even played for the Washington Football Team yet that are on our roster," Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins said Tuesday. "There’s no NFL film on them. So, it’s hard to analyze per say a scouting report. You just know the tendencies, so trying to figure out a way to not get caught up into what we did last year."
And last year, against Sunday's week one opponent - Philadelphia, the then-rookie QB set or matched career-bests in completions, yards, touchdowns, interceptions and sacks taken. But Haskins says that performance against the Eagles last December is for the birds.
“It doesn’t matter at all," Haskins, who was officially announced as Washington's starting QB last week, claimed. "That game last year was just me getting my feet, I would say, damp. Not even wet."
And here in 2020, Washington's top selection from the 2019 NFL Draft is ready to make a splash as the clear-cut QB of the franchise.
"Just the control of the offense, the energy that I feel I bring to practice is way better than it was last year," Haskins admitted. "Just my demeanor overall, just me having more confidence in myself to go do what I need to do to be the leader of this football team and this offense and having a coach that believes in me is something that’s propelled me to have even more confidence out there on this field."
The NFL might be one giant mystery in 2020, but it appears Dwayne Haskins knows exactly what to expect.
Washington hosts Philadelphia Sunday at 1 p.m. News 3, Hampton Roads home of the Washington Football Team, will have coverage on-air and online from Sunday's season opener.