Jason Campbell: Benching isn’t ‘personal indictment’ of Haskins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When a quarterback gets benched, especially those selected in the first round who haven’t yet proven themselves as a franchise guy, that player’s long-term outlook is diminished quite a bit.  

Dwayne Haskins, who has made 11 starts in two years, will now have to work toward getting back onto the field as a starting quarterback. This couldn’t have been how the 15th pick in the 2019 draft envisioned his career beginning.

But as former Washington quarterback Jason Campbell explains, this doesn’t have to be the end for Haskins. It doesn’t even have to be the end for him in Washington. He should know. Campbell was the 25th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and started two full seasons for Washington in 2008 and 2009 after early struggles. 

“I don’t think this is a personal indictment on him and saying like, ‘Hey your future’s over,'” Campbell told NBC Sports Washington. “I think this is just an opportunity that they just want him to see things from a different level until the opportunity presents itself again.”

Haskins wasn’t put in the easiest spot in 2020. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, offseason workouts were limited, preseason games were canceled and the 23-year-old was under pressure to perform in a brand-new offense under a coach that didn’t draft him. 

Of course you hope for better play from him, but it’s understandable for a young quarterback who’s relatively inexperienced at the position to struggle under those circumstances. Now, he will watch while Kyle Allen starts. Alex Smith will be the primary backup this week against the Los Angeles Rams. It will be a hard pill to swallow. 

“I’m a little shocked by this by the simple point that this season is

It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Campbell Soup (CPB). Shares have added about 0.6% in that time frame, outperforming the S&P 500.

Will the recent positive trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Campbell due for a pullback? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let’s take a quick look at the most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers.

Campbell Soup Q4 Earnings Beat Estimates, Sales Up Y/Y

Campbell came out with robust fourth-quarter fiscal 2020 results, with earnings and revenues increasing double digits and cruising ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Results gained from rise in demand across the company’s brands, stemming from increased at-home consumption amid coronavirus.

Moreover, management provided a favorable view for first-quarter fiscal 2021, assuming that demand trends will remain favorable.

Q4 Highlights

Adjusted earnings surged 50% year over year to 63 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 60 cents. The upside was backed by higher adjusted EBIT, reduced interest expenses and adjusted effective tax rate.

Net sales came in at $2,108 million, up 18% year over year, and surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,009 million. Organic sales (excluding the impact of divested European business and the additional week) rose 12% on the back of solid volumes in both Meals & Beverages and Snacks segments. This, in turn, was fueled by higher demand stemming from increased at-home consumption.  

The company’s adjusted gross margin improved 190 basis points to 35.6% on favorable product mix, enhanced operating leverage, gains from supply-chain productivity enhancements, cost-saving actions and mark-to-market gains on outstanding commodity hedges. This was partly negated by cost inflation and other supply-chain expenses (including costs associated with COVID-19). Adjusted