Dwayne Haskins
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The Washington Redskins are already praising rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins after the New York Giants passed on the Ohio State product. 

Many heads turned when the New York Giants decided to take quarterback Daniel Jones over Dwayne Haskins in the first round. The general consensus was that Haskins was more talented and NFL-ready than Jones. But now, Jones is a Giant. The Jones-Haskins matchup twice every season could become a rivalry for years to come.

This past weekend, the Redskins opened up their rookie minicamp and they were able to get a first look at Haskins in a Redskin helmet. There will be a little competition for the starting job at that position.

The Redskins received Case Keenum in a trade with the Denver Broncos. Not to mention, they still have quarterback Colt McCoy on the roster as well. Keenum and McCoy obviously have more experience than Haskins, but Haskins, without a doubt, has the most potential.

After this weekend at minicamp, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is already praising Haskins. Regardless if he starts right away or not, they believe Haskins has the ability to really become something special.

“It’s been a treat,” Gruden said via the New York Post. “He’s made some throws that turn your head without a doubt.”

Gruden also had some words to say about the competition for the starting quarterback job. He thinks each quarterback has a solid argument for why they should become the leading guy at that position.

“We’re going to go at it,” Gruden stated. “Throw the ball out there let these guys compete really. I think [Haskins] obviously displayed enough of a skill set to warrant the 15th pick in the draft and to give him an opportunity to see how far he can take this thing without a doubt.”

Haskins initially was surprised the Giants passed on him. Evidently, he brushed it off on the night of the NFL Draft. Haskins spoke at their rookie minicamp, explaining how he’s ready for anything the coaches give him.

“I’ll be ready for whatever the coaches want for me, whether that’s starting right away or next year or during the season,” Haskins said. “I’m just going to prepare like I’m the starter, and that’s with me in the weight room, me in the meeting rooms, me with the younger guys, me with the older guys. Every opportunity for me is an opportunity for me to showcase that I’m the guy.”

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.