Redskins Make Final Decision On Dwayne Haskins
The Redskins have made a final decision on Dwayne Haskins as a starter.
Barring regression or injury, Haskins will be Washington’s starter in 2020.
The former Ohio State standout has something of a topsy-turvy first season at the helm of the Redskins offense.
Haskins got of on the wrong foot early, forced into action a lot earlier than he was prepared for. He stumbled, as most would I his shoes. Later in the year, however, he began to show flashes of what the organization was expecting when it spent a first round pick on him.
Overall, Haskins recorded 1,365 yards, seven scores and seven picks on a 76.1 passer rating and a 59 percent competition rate. In his last outings, however, Haskins recorded 394 yards and four scores on 72 percent completion and a 131.4 passer rating.
This past week, team senior vice president of player development Doug Williams opened up about what he envisioned for his young star in Year 2. Moreover, he also elaborated on whether he feels like Haskins is going to need to compete for a starting job or if he will just get one by default.
“The new staff knows that Dwayne Haskins is the starting quarterback here,” he said.
“The only thing that can happen is for Dwayne to give it back to them.
“It’s up to him to learn the playbook, wear the coaches out. He’s got to stay at the facility until they run him out of the building.”
Assuming Haskins takes his responsibility of being a starter seriously, there is practically no scenario where anyone besides him lines up under center come Week 1 of next season.
“Dwayne has a long way to go. But like I told him, he was doing what we expected him to do,” he continued.
“He was ascending. Hopefully the way he goes now, he keeps going up. All eyes are going to be on him. At the same time you’ve got a new coaching staff and they’re not married to him.”
Interestingly enough, new head coach Ron Rivera took a much less optimistic tone regarding the prospect of Hasksins starting next year.
To hear Rivera tell it, Haskins is really going to need to earn it.
“He’s going to have to step up and become a leader,” Rivera said.
“All the great ones have become leaders and they’ve become leaders whether they’re rookies or they’re 10,12-year vets.
“We’re going to have an interesting set of circumstances that we’ll go through as we go through the OTAs and into minicamp and then training camp.
“But one thing that I will do … once we feel comfortable, is to go ahead and make that decision so we can go forward and give these guys the opportunity to develop.”
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If for some reason Washington opts not to start Haskins, the team still has to decide whether it wants to retain free agents Case Keenum or Colt McCoy.
Alex Smith, who was knocked out of the NFL back in 2018 with a devastating leg injury, could also want a crack at the rotation.
At the moment, all signs point to the year beginning with Haskins as the starting quarterback.
Will it end with him at the helm of the offense? Time will tell.
The Redskins finished the 2019-20 season with a 3-13 mark. That placed them dead last in the NFC East and ensured yet another season of no playoffs.
Will Haskins be able to turn things around 2020-21? That is what Washington is counting on.