The Washington Redskins took a step toward finding their quarterback of the future in the 2019 draft, taking Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick. His first taste of NFL action did not go well, with three interceptions against the New York Giants in Week 4
Case Keenum’s concussion in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings gave Haskins another opportunity, and he didn’t fare any better (3-for-5 for 33 yards with an interception).
Between then and an ankle injury that sidelined him for Week 17, Haskins made seven starts. Over nine total appearances last season, he threw for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 58.6 percent completion rate and a 76.1 passer rating.
The Redskins made significant changes this offseason. Ron Rivera is the new head coach, and long-time lead executive Bruce Allen was let go. That also means a change of plan at quarterback could be coming, but at this stage Haskins is still the starter even if there will theoretically be an open competition. The acquisition of Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers, where Rivera of course was before, adds some intrigue to a competition. Redskins’ offensive coordinator Scott Turner was quarterbacks coach in Carolina, and he followed Rivera to Washington.
Even with the changes and speculation around him, here’s why the Redskins should not give up on Dwayne Haskins.