With the 2020 NFL season right around the corner, the Washington Football Team has a lot of questions that need to be answered. At the quarterback position, Dwayne Haskins is expected to be the starter in his second season. However, Alex Smith has recovered from his gruesome leg injury and could be in play as well.
Just a couple short weeks ago, head coach Ron Rivera indicated that Smith could have a chance to play this season. He doubled down on that in a recent quote.
In a quote shared by Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post, Rivera once again stated that Smith could be in the competition for the starting job this season.
“This could be a very interesting challenge for us because of Alex Smith. If Alex is healthy and continues to get healthy and we do activate him, he’s going to be in the throes of this competition.”
Many fans in Washington and around the league in general don’t want to see Smith back on the field. His leg injury was so brutal that he actually almost lost the leg. A re-injury on the same leg would be even more dangerous.
Back in 2018 with Washington, Smith was putting together a solid all-around year. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards, 10 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Those numbers came in 10 games.
At 36 years old, Smith coming back and taking a risk with his leg doesn’t make much sense. For Washington, Haskins is the long-term future. Why risk that by putting a guy on the field who could get hurt and impact his life away from football?
Only time will tell what Rivera and Washington ends up doing. Smith seems to want to play and Washington is open to allowing him to compete for the job.
Expect to hear a lot more about Alex Smith and the Washington quarterback situation in the coming weeks. The season is just a month away and Rivera will have some tough decisions to make.