Sure to couch his compliments with the reality of just what rookie minicamp is — the very beginning, just the basics, no pads, etc. — Jay Gruden spoke of plenty of positives when running down rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
"We're at the very bare minimum right now, but very impressed by his skillset for sure. Can really spin it," Gruden told the media Saturday following the second day of Washington Redskins rookie minicamp. "He's just a big, solid, fundamentally sound guy. He's just a big presence in there and the ball just jumps off his hand. He also has the ability to speed it up and he has great touch, as well, for some of the short balls.
"He's displayed that he can make, in this short period of time, all the throws. … He's kind of displayed a little bit everything these two days."
Gruden and the Redskins selected Haskins, fresh off throwing 50 touchdowns in his final season at Ohio State, with the 15th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. It was widely speculated that Haskins was Washington's top choice at QB and would possibly trade up. The Redskins stayed put and still got Haskins.
Just two days into Redskins practices and the match seems all the more meant to be following Gruden's compliments.
Nevertheless, Gruden was emphatic that the starting quarterback spot was up for grabs between Haskins, last season's backup Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, who Washington traded Denver to acquire.