When the NFL schedules came out the November 22 match-up with the Bengals visiting Washington didn't draw a lot of attention nationally but it could be a rather intriguing game for Buckeye Nation. That's when the two QB's, who battled to become Ohio State's starter after the graduation of J.T. Barrett, may be going head-to-head at the highest level of football. Dwayne Haskins, of course, won the battle and is expected to take over as the starter in Washington after being their first round draft pick in 2019. Assuming Haskins is indeed the man in Washington, he'll likely face 2020 No. 1 pick Joe Burrow of the Bengals, who lost the Ohio State battle but became a national champion and Heisman Trophy winner after his graduate transfer to L.S.U. Haskins, appearing on J.P. Finlay's Redskins podcast, was asked about not only facing Burrow, but matching up with other young QB's in the league including the Browns Baker Mayfield.
"It's great. You know, growing up I always used to watch those showdowns with Peyton (Manning) and Tom (Brady), going all the way back to that time," Haskins said when asked about matching up against other young NFL QB's. "Now being in that new young group....it's very exciting because you also know all of them. You've trained with them before, you've worked out with them, I mean I even went to school with Joe for two years so it's crazy to think how far we all came since high school and now we all get to compete against each other on the biggest stage. I'm looking forward to it."
Haskins was asked about Burrow's Heisman Trophy season at L.S.U. and said it wasn't a surprise.
"I always thought Joe was going to have a good career at L.S.U.," Haskins said. "I wished him the best of luck when he left Ohio State and even his first year when he got there he played well. Then having those guys around him and of course, he's a very cerebral and intellectual guy and he's going to make the right reads and call the right protections and he's not going to make too many mistakes so I wasn't surprised at all that he had the year that he had. I was really proud of him."
Haskins also was asked about his receiving corps, including OSU product Terry McLaurin, reuniting with former Buckeye defensive end Chase Young who was taken by Washington with the No. 2 pick and much more. You can check out the podcast here. The interview with Haskins begins at about the 8:30 mark.