Redskins Name Dwayne Haskins Starter For Rest Of 2019

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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  1. JJB0811

    He finally beat out 2 QB’s w/ broken legs and Case. I’m really excited to see these next few games!

    • badco44

      Haha… yeah a learning curve…but yes he has a very long way to go…. question is what do the skins go after in the 2020 draft? Prolly a top three or four pick…so many many holes with little skilled talent currently on board

      • JJB0811

        I would hope they trade back and get many, many more picks. You’re right, they are lacking everywhere. I certainly would have traded Williams before the deadline as well. Same for Norman.

        • doublee919

          They need 4 OL, 2 CB, a handful of LB and several WR. They literally could take just about anybody with that pick and fill a huge hole on the roster.

        • This would be the year to trade back and bring in three top offensive linemen. The skill positions can be filled with the guys on the roster now. Probably need at least one pass covering linebacker and a couple of DB’s as well.

          First priority: straight out of the gate starters for the offensive line. Real monsters.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The Redskins gained nothing by sitting Haskins for half a season. Like most rookies he will have some hard lessons to learn but at least he has a chance to gain some meaningful game experience now that Gruden is gone.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      In his rookie season, Peyton Manning went 3-13 and threw a league high 28 interceptions. I’ve read accounts that said he turned out to have a pretty good career. There’s an enormous difference in the talent level between college and pro, and with no real minor league system in place ala MLB where young players can hone their talents, it’s pretty much “learn on the fly.” Teams need to realize that even the best of players drafted, particularly QBs, need a pretty serious amount of time to conquer the learning curve and make the investment pay off. Holding a clipboard is no substitute for getting in there and playing.

      • Not with the Washington offensive line. Haskins is a bit of a statue. Need the big horses up front (à la Dallas) to get much mileage out of him. Two seasons of non-stop beating has destroyed many promising quarterbacks. Where is Andrew Luck? Where is RGIII?

    • crosseyedlemon

      You or I would be on a waiting list for about 25 years to have that many surgeries.

  3. dust44

    Haskins should of been playing from the beginning. But, I would hope if they r in the Chase Young draft territory its a no brained who they take. Make a pretty nice D front with the Bama boys.

    • crosseyedlemon

      George Allen proved that trading draft picks for reliable veterans is a pretty effective strategy too.

      • Worked for rich teams (Cowboys, Redskins) before the salary cap. Not now. The problem is not the veterans’ play. The problem is the salary cap.

        • crosseyedlemon

          The salary cap only becomes a ball and chain if you have a team that has to be QB driven. George also proved that you could win with just an average QB (Kilmer was only slightly more graceful than Blake Bortles…lol) as long as you had a stout defense and solid special teams.

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