Dwayne Haskins Jr.: The Future King

Dwayne Haskins Jr.: The Future King

Ever since Dwayne Haskins was young, he’s been compared to a lion. Originally, he was given the nickname “Simba” because of his obsession with The Lion King movie and a large afro that reminded his aunt of a lion’s mane. Today, he resembles the animal associated with royalty because of his play on the football field and his mindset off of it. Eastbay got a chance to sit down with the rookie quarterback and chat about some of his lion-like characteristics and the hype around possibly becoming the future king of Washington.

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Patient

Much like a lion stalking, waiting, and game-planning on a hunt, Haskins is patient and calculated. During his first two seasons at Ohio State, Haskins spent most of his time watching his team from the sideline. He redshirted in 2016 and spent 2017 serving as the backup quarterback to proven starter J.T. Barrett.

“It wasn’t necessarily frustrating not playing right away, it was more of a learning experience,” Haskins said. “I stayed longer after practice to get extra throws in. I lifted more than I needed to be ready physically. Everything was calculated down to the smallest detail.”

Haskins now finds himself in a familiar scenario at the professional level. After being selected as the No. 15 pick in the draft, Haskins has entered a heated battle for Washington’s starting quarterback position. Competing against veterans Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, Haskins has embraced the same mindset that he adopted in college.

“I’m in a similar situation now that I’m here in Washington,” Haskins said. “I’m going to have to earn my spot by proving myself every day as a leader, quarterback, and a football player. That’s going to take time, but I’m coming in ready to learn, willing to work hard, and do everything I can to be the best quarterback I can be.”

Fierce

Although Haskins trusts the process of waiting his turn, that doesn’t mean he’s complacent. In fact, he’s proven time and time again that when given the opportunity to perform, he’s quite dangerous on the football field.

Haskins’ first opportunity to display his lion-like, competitive fierceness came when Barrett exited Ohio State’s final 2017 regular season game with a knee injury. Haskins entered the game without missing a beat. He led his team into the end zone on the very first drive and eventually completed a 31-20 comeback victory on the road against their bitter rival Michigan.

“That was the most memorable moment in my college career,” Haskins said about his performance that day. “It was my first time playing in a big-time atmosphere, and I helped my team come back and win that game.”

The very next season, Haskins won the starting quarterback job and tore the college football landscape apart by compiling 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. In just one year, he had become a superstar and a leader at one of the most prestigious football programs in the country.

“You have to be a leader when playing quarterback. Just like a lion has to be the leader of the pride,” Haskins said. “If a lion doesn’t attack, then he doesn’t eat. And you best believe I’m going to eat.”

Confident

Haskins also displays the same fierceness when his talents are doubted. After he was selected behind fellow quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones in the draft, Haskins was excited to join Washington but also vocal about the teams that passed him up. At his draft day party, he told ESPN, “The league done messed up.”

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder from the day I started playing football,” Haskins said when asked about the viral quote. “I was never the guy that had all the respect, but I just keep persevering. To still not be respected as much as I think I should be drives me every day. It makes me work harder, makes me take that extra rep at practice, and just motivates me daily.”

Now that his “Simba” moniker has evolved into a homage to becoming a king in the NFL, Haskins has the chance to become iconic. So, it was only fitting when he signed on to become a part of the Jordan Brand family, known for partnering with some of the most influential athletes in the world.

“I’m blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the Jordan Brand because it’s a very select group,” Haskins said. “And of course, Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever, and I want to be the best football player ever.”

To shop the Jordan gear Haskins uses to stand out on the field, visit eastbay.com.

The Complete RG3 Fan Hook-Up featuring the adidas Crazy 8

The Complete RG3 Fan Hook-Up featuring the adidas Crazy 8

The Complete RG3 Fan Hook-Up featuring the adidas Crazy 8

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Next season will mark the start of a new era for the Washington Redskins. Following head coach Mike Shanahan’s departure, the team hired Jay Gruden to take over the reins in January. Washington has also made a big splash in free agency, most notably landing All Pro wide receiver Desean Jackson after he was waived by the rival Philadelphia Eagles. The changes have been welcomed by quarterback Robert Griffin III, who had an up-and-down sophomore season, but is looking forward to a fresh (and healthy!) start in Year 3.

For Redskins fans who are excited about next season, Eastbay has the complete head-to-toe RG3 hook-up. The collection is highlighted by the newly released adidas Crazy 8 shoe, which features an RG3-inspired look for the first time ever. Football textured maroon tumbled leather handles the shoes’s upper, with tribe yellow embroidery adding detail to the tongue, collar, heel, support straps and pull-tabs. The style is finished off with a molded white EVA midsole and gum rubber outsole.

Also, fans can choose between Limited and Game Day styles of the Nike NFL Jersey. The Limited Jersey is tailor-fit and constructed with matte polyester and mesh side panels for extra breathability. Other details include Flywire technology, a laser-cut jock tag, stitched NFL shield and embroidered numbers. The Game Day replica features sleeves, player names and numbers applied with a silicone print for long-lasting style and durability.

For headwear, there’s a variety of official New Era NFL hats, including retro-style 9Fifty A-Frame Classic Melt Strapback. You can even match your socks with a wide range of looks and RG3-inspired designs from adidas.

Shop these RG3 pieces and many more here at Eastbay today.

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NFL Watch // Luck & RG3 Neck and Neck in ROY Race

NFL Watch // Luck & RG3 Neck and Neck in ROY Race

Andrew Luck wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Andrew Luck poised under pressure in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.

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Like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be forever linked as they continue to advance through their careers. In college, Luck was viewed as the ‘can’t miss’ prospect that no team would dare consider passing on…until Griffin III emerged. The man known as RG3 stole the spotlight with the Baylor Bears in 2011, winning the Heisman, numerous quarterback awards and the Alamo Bowl to put his extremely catchy name on the map. Luck was still Luck, toppling John Elway’s old records and racking up PAC-10 Awards for Stanford. He was still very much at the top of the discussion, but he fact that it was  a discussion surprised many.

When the names were called at the 2012 NFL Draft, Luck went first overall to the Indianapolis Colts as expected, followed by Griffin at two to the Washington Redskins. Both teams felt confident that they had selected the quarterbacks that would guide them through the next decade and beyond, but they probably didn’t expect either player to be this good this soon.

This past Sunday, Luck led his Colts into Detroit where they faced a tough matchup with the Lions. Down 33-21 in the fourth quarter, Luck authored a comeback that will be talked about in Indy forever. He threw a 42-yard touchdown to LaVon Brazil to bring the Colts within 5 and then connected with Donnie Avery on 4th and 10 with three seconds left to play for the game-winning 14-yard score. Luck now has five winning drives in his rookie season.

RG3 also provided the drama in his first ever Monday Night Football Game. Hosting the defending champion New York Giants, the Redskins kept themselves in the game with a spirited defensive effort. Down 16-10 entering the fourth quarter, Griffin capped off an 86-yard drive with an 8-yard strike to Pierre Garçon to give Washington a slim 17-16 lead. To close things out, RG3 orchestrated a drive that ate up nearly four minutes of game clock, leaving Eli Manning without a chance to upstage him in their first Monday meeting.

Which quarterback is the better player? Good luck answering that.

Also in Week 13, the Atlanta Falcons topped the New Orleans Saints 23-13 on Thursday; Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks came back late in Chicago to surprise the Bears; Green Bay moved forward with a win over the visiting Vikings; the Kansas City overcame a tragic week of events to pick up their second win of the season; St. Louis topped San Francisco in overtime of the tie game re-match; Charlie Batch led Pittsburgh to a big road win in Baltimore; and the Dallas Cowboys kept themselves in the playoff discussion with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night.

Check out today’s NFL Watch to see what pink football cleats and gear hit the field in Week 13.

 images courtesy of Yahoo

NFL Watch // Luck & RG3 Neck and Neck in ROY Race

Robert Griffin III wearing adidas SuperCharge Mid

Robert Griffin III runs for 46 yards in the adidas SuperCharge Mid.

Matt Ryan wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Matt Ryan drops back for a pass in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.

Ryan Fitzpatrick wearing Reebok Football Cleats

Ryan Fitzpatrick rolls out in custom Reebok football cleats.

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Marshawn Lynch runs strong in a custom colorway of the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Brady Quinn wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Brady Quinn locates a target in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.

Aaron Rodgers wearing Nike Alpha Speed D

Aaron Rodgers walks off a hard hit in the Nike Alpha Speed D.

Stevan Ridley wearing Under Armour Highlight

Stevan Ridley finds the endzone in the Under Armour Highlight.

Greg McElroy wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Greg McElroy helped the Jets rally in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Steven Jackson wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Steven Jackson charges forward in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.

Arian Foster wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Arian Foster leaves the field in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo.

Von Miller wearing adidas Malice 2 Fly

Von Miller returns an interception for a touchdown in the adidas Malice 2 Fly.

Ryan Clark wearing Under Armour Blur MC

Ryan Clarks flies to help make a tackle in the Under Armour Blur MC.

Trent Richardson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Trent Richardson scores in a PE colorway of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.

AJ Green wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

A.J. Green sheds tackles in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

DeMarco Murray wearing adidas SuperCharge Mid

DeMarco Murray returned to the Cowboys’ lineup in the adidas SuperCharge Mid.

Nike Zoom KD III – Team Red/White-Del Sol

Nike Zoom KD III – Team Red/White-Del Sol

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Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is Washington D.C. born, so it should come as no surprise that he’s a die-hard Redskins fan. Durant’s Zoom KD III signature shoe has already dropped in a colorway said to be inspired by the Baltimore Orioles, which used to be the D.C. team by default until the Nationals stepped on the scene. Now the shoe is set to drop in a colorway linked to KD’s beloved Washington Redskins.

Sporting a team red leather upper, the “Redskins” KD III is accented by white on the Swoosh, Flywire notation, laces, upper tongue and rear midsole. Del Sol is used for the Swoosh border and textile along the inner liner. Finishing off the look below is a gum rubber outsole.

This excerpt from our exclusive interview with Leo Chang and the Nike Design Team explains how this colorway came about:

NDP: What about the Redskins burgundy and yellow colorway?
Leo Chang: That actually came from our trip to China with him, and we were asking him what other colors he wanted. Right away, he said, “I want a Redskins based colorway.” So we ran that version and it has a gumsole.
Will Eberhart: That was just insight from the athlete. And, not what’s your favorite team, but what’s your heritage? Where are you from? The kid represents DC all day, and what’s most notable about DC? Redskins. So we ran with the Redskins, and it was a fight, but it’s been well received.

Available: Nike Zoom KD III – Team Red/White-Del Sol “Redskins”

Nike Zoom KD III Team Red White Del Sol Washington Redskins 417279-600

Nike Zoom KD III Team Red White Del Sol Washington Redskins 417279-600

Nike Zoom KD III Team Red White Del Sol Washington Redskins 417279-600

Nike Zoom KD III Team Red White Del Sol Washington Redskins 417279-600

Nike Zoom KD III Team Red White Del Sol Washington Redskins 417279-600

Week 7: NFL Player of the Week

Week 7: NFL Player of the Week

Week 7: NFL Player of the Week Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

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Big numbers were posted all around the league this weekend, making this week’s choice for Player of the Week a difficult one. In Atlanta, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer completed 36 passes for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan found receiver Roddy White 11 times for 201 yards and 2 scores in a Falcons win. Speaking of big game by wide receivers, Tennessee’s Kenny Britt caught 7 balls for a career-high 225 yards and 3 touchdowns in a Titans win over the Eagles. As great as those performances were, I believe I can name two that were better. Between those two, I can’t choose one over the other, and that’s why I’m rolling with Week 7 Co-Players of the Week.

Week 7: NFL Player of the Week - Darren McFadden Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

The first recipient is Oakland’s Darren McFadden. In a stunning rout of the rival Denver Broncos, McFadden found the endzone four times. The third-year back ran the ball 16 times, slipping through the Broncos’ porous defense for 165 yards and three touchdowns. McFadden was also on the receiving end of a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell in the second quarter. Behind McFadden’s four scores, the Raiders scored the most points in their 50-year history, beating Denver by a score of 59-14.

Week 7: NFL Player of the Week - DeAngelo Hall Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

For the second recipient, I’d like to take a look at the defensive side of the football. In another record performance, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted four Jay Cutler passes on the day. The four picks ties a record held by 18 others, and makes Hall the first player to accomplish the feat since Denver’s Deltha O’Neal in 2001. Even more important, Hall’s one-handed interception that was returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the 17-14 Washington victory. Hall also recorded a team-high 7 tackles on the day.

Both of these big time efforts were worthy of being acknowledged for last weekend’s games. Were you a fan of another performance that wasn’t named? Let us know below!

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