ASHBURN - The age gap is 11 years, and that's a huge positive for Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Haskins, age 22, has struck up conversations with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, age 33, on several occasions during OTAs and this week's minicamp.

If Rodgers-Cromartie can foil one of Haskins' throws, that's even better, at least in the eyes of the rookie trying to get better.

"I watched Cromartie growing up," Haskins said. "He's so instinctive and keeps me on my toes. I talk to him every play I throw it to him. I'm like, 'What did you see? Where should I throw the ball next time?'

"Just picking his brain, because those guys have seen what it takes from a lot of great quarterbacks. I also talk to (safety Landon Collins) a lot about what he's seeing, and what it takes. He's seeing it first-hand, so I want to make sure I'm picking his brain."

The conversations come from Haskins' desire to be great as quickly as possible, as he enters training camp not yet assured of the team's starting spot.

That's a step back from last season, when he was the star quarterback at Ohio State.

"I definitely see myself progressing and making some really good throws and getting better at calling plays," Haskins said. "But I want to play like a vet right now, and that's not going to happen. So I've just got to be comfortable with that."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he, too, is seeing the daily improvement.

"He has a great skill set," Gruden said of Haskins. "He can really spin it, without a doubt, but now it is just a matter of transitioning to different defenses, different blitzes, handling the pressure, handling the looks, finding open receivers and delivering the ball. I think he is on a great course right now. He’s getting better every day from what I have seen."

Haskins has a handful of practices remaining with the team in June before the pre-training camp break. Then he'll be under the microscope daily in Richmond and in the preseason games.

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