Rivera on Haskins: ‘We didn’t see the growth’

In 2019, the Washington Football Team selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick in that year’s draft. Haskins came to Washington with a lot of promise after throwing 50 touchdown passes in his only season at Ohio State. 

Last season, Haskins started seven games for Washington. In those seven games, Haskins was 2-5 as a starter and threw for 1365 yards and seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. Coming into the 2020 season, Haskins was named the starter and was not awful for Washington. In four games, Haskins threw for 939 yards and four touchdowns, but three interceptions. More importantly, Washington was 1-3. 

After the slow start for Haskins, Washington head coach Ron Rivera decided to make a change. Against the Rams, QB Kyle Allen started but left after an injury, and Alex Smith would finish the game for the team. 

As Washington prepares for Daniel Jones, who went sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, and the New York Giants, Rivera explained why he decided to replace Haskins with Allen.

“Well, you sit there and look at what we did with Dwayne(Haskins) – we didn’t have the offseason you would’ve liked to have had in terms of his chance to develop,” Rivera said. “So, we went into training camp, and we gave him every rep with the 1’s for several weeks, and then we gave him a chance to play, and he played four straight games, and every rep he’s taken has been with the 1’s. Just in the evaluation process, we weren’t seeing what we needed to see. We didn’t see the growth that we thought you needed.

“Plus, looking at where the schedule was taking us – you know we have four games, and you could honestly say six games which are all conference games, or five of those six are conference games, and three of those are divisional, and there’s an opportunity to make some hay in our division. So, I felt like I wanted to put the ball in a couple of guys’ hands that know the system: [Washington QB] Kyle Allen, who’s been with me for three seasons, who knows our system; [Washington QB] Alex Smith, who’s a guy that’s made a tremendous comeback who knows the system. So, I felt that our chances in these next six games would be increased by doing that and so that’s what I did.”

Obviously, we don’t get to see what happens during practice, but it’s clear, Haskins is not Rivera’s guy. When Washington drafted Haskins, Rivera was in Carolina. 

Is it the right move? I guess Allen would give Washington a better chance of winning since he knows and played in this offensive system in Carolina. However, I think we’ve seen enough of Allen to realize he does not have the goods. You could argue Washington has a shot to win the lousy NFC East, but if you watch this team play, it’s pretty apparent that they are not very good, which means Washington should let Haskins play and see what happens.


Haskins on Giants passing on him: ‘It’s more motivation to beat them every year’

On Sunday, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins made his debut against the team that passed on him in this year’s draft, the New York Giants. While it’s still very early, maybe the Giants made the right choice by passing on Haskins and choosing Daniel Jones.

In his second start, Jones, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, completed 23 of 31 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, as the Giants defeated the Redskins 24-3 at MetLife Stadium. Jones moves to 2-0 as a starter.

Conversely, after replacing an ineffective Case Keenum in the second quarter, Haskins struggled. The 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, threw for 107 yards and three interceptions.

“I don’t wish ill-will on anybody. I wanted Case [Keenum] to do well I just knew that my time would be coming and when the day comes, that I’d be ready for it,” Haskins said after the game. “I didn’t execute the way I wanted to but, the good thing about it is that it hurts, and there [are] going to be brighter days tomorrow.”

At 0-4, there might not be many bright days for the Redskins this season, but according to Haskins, happy days will come.

“I want to win. I’m going to win.,” Haskins said. “Whatever it takes to win, we will do that. I don’t like losing. I never lost. I don’t like losing. So, we’re going to change that and win some games. I’ll be here for a while, so get used to seeing me smile up here.”

While things did not go as planned for the New Jersey native against the Giants today, Haskins is glad that he will have an opportunity to beat New York in the future.

“I have no hate towards the Giants,” he said. “Like I said, I’m from here. So now, if anything, it’s more motivation to beat them every year. I’m looking forward to that.”

Next week, the Redskins host the world champion New England Patriots, and at this point, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has not decided who will start at quarterback, but based on what happened today, it does seem that Haskins could be the guy moving forward.

Gruden on Haskins: ‘He’ll get his time, he’ll get his chance; just not yet’

When the New York Giants passed on former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins to select Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, many openly criticized New York. But after what we saw out of Jones in his first start against the Buccaneers last Sunday, where he threw for 336 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Giants beat Tampa Bay 32-31, it’s entirely possible that the Giants knew what they were doing after all.

With the Giants(1-2) hosting the Redskins on Sunday, Jones, who was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, will get another opportunity to prove that the Giants made the right choice, and after the way Case Keenum(five turnovers) performed against the Bears on Monday night, many wonder when Haskins will get his opportunity to start.

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talked about when Haskins, who  the Redskins selected with the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, could get his shot.

“I think it’s good for him(Haskins) to sit back and learn how to prepare, learn how to get ready for a game and a game plan, see all these route concepts and the different things we are doing here,” Gruden said during a conference call. “He’s not far away, I wouldn’t say. If I had to put him in the game, I’m sure he could play pretty well. It’s just a matter of right now; I think we have done some decent things on offense as far as throwing the ball.

“We had the five turnovers last week, which was not good, but I think after only three games with Case (Keenum) being in the offense only three games with a lot of new people, I think it’s important for him to continue to get another chance and see how he can do moving forward. That’s not to say it is permanent, but Dwayne is still coming along. He’s young, and I think it’s important for him to sit back and see how to prepare as a pro. He’ll get his time; he’ll get his chance; just not yet.”

The Redskins are not a very good football team, but outside of his performance against the Bears, Keenum( 933 yards, 7 TDs/3 Ints) has not been that bad. Keenum did miss practice on Wednesday because of a foot injury, but at this point, he is expected to play against the Giants.

Now, if Keenum and the Redskins lose to New York on Sunday, then we will probably see Haskins sooner than later, but for now, the Skins should stick with Keenum.