Interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan announced the Dwayne Haskins era will begin in full. The team named its first-round quarterback the starter for the rest of this season.
Haskins has made one start thus far and played in three games. He was the third Redskins quarterback summoned to action this season, following Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. But the two veterans will play behind the rookie going forward.
With the Redskins exiting their bye at 1-8, devoting some time to developing Haskins makes sense. The rookie has faced scrutiny early and has yet to throw his first touchdown pass. He’s completed 27 of 44 passes for 284 yards and four interceptions thus far. Haskins threw a Big Ten-record 50 touchdown passes in his lone season as the Buckeyes’ starter.
Washington still has Alex Smith under contract, but the 14-year veteran has undergone 17 surgeries over the past year to repair his severe leg injury. Smith is not a lock to resume his career, though he is interested in doing so. This led the Redskins to Haskins at No. 15 overall. And the plan is to give him this season’s final seven games to develop.
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