Redskins coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday that rookie Dwayne Haskins will remain the starter for the rest of the 2019 season.
During his press conference, Washington’s interim head coach said Haskins will start going forward. This move makes Case Keenum his backup. NFL’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the announcement on Twitter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2019
Haskins has had an incredibly rocky start to his NFL career. Starting with the 2019 NFL Draft, he fell well below his projected draft slot, becoming the 15th overall selection by the Redskins. His first NFL action came in Week 4 against the New York Giants. He was thrust into the contest mid-game, threw for 107 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.
Haskins’ next game was another he did not start, in Week 8 against the Vikings. Again, he threw no touchdowns and was picked off once. He did start in Week 9’s contest in Buffalo, throwing for 144 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He did take four sacks, however.
It is not a secret that the Redskins are a bad team. Haskins does not have the skill set just yet to elevate them past their immediate potential. But, he does need to see NFL action if he is going to be the answer for this franchise moving forward. Since the team knows they are going nowhere this season, the smart move is to give Haskins all the snaps they can.
Washington had a bye in Week 10. Haskins and the Redskins will continue their season Sunday, November 17, hosting the one-win New York Jets.
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