The Washington Football Team could move on from Dwayne Haskins according to the latest NFL rumors.
Dwayne Haskins was given a chance to start for the Washington Football Team in the first four games of the season. Haskins’ performance was a roller coaster and after helping a key a come-from-behind win in Week 1, he has struggled to play consistently and hasn’t been able to move the offense down the field.
As a result, Haskins was benched quickly in favor of Kyle Allen. The move surprised many, but the decision was viewed as an opportunity for Washington to win now with a young quarterback who has more experience in offensive coordinator Scott Turner‘s scheme. Fans weren’t necessarily happy with the choice, but it was the one that was made.
Haskins has been demoted to third-string duty and though there was some optimism that he could learn on the bench, it seems that the perception has shifted. And now, Washington may be looking to move Haskins ahead of the 2020 NFL trade deadline, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
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Several sources close to Haskins have advised him that a trade would be far and away the best outcome possible, ideally to a solid franchise with an experienced veteran QB the 23-year-old could learn from. Haskins was not drafted by this regime, which was not high on him coming out of college. He is not a fit in their system, and his personality has rubbed them the wrong way since early on. Sources say with almost no practice time now and likely to be a healthy scratch many weeks, it’s difficult for Haskins to envision a future for himself in Washington, where his development has never felt like a priority dating back to last season, when soon-to-be-fired coach Jay Gruden threw him into regular season games before many believed he was ready.
La Canfora also indicated that Alex Smith could soon be ready to start for Washington which would complete, arguably, the greatest comeback from an injury in NFL history. So, that could influence the team’s decision on Haskins as well.
If Rivera’s staff doesn’t believe that Haskins is a good fit for the team, moving on from him quickly is probably the best option for them. The team would get an asset for Haskins before his value completely evaporates while Haskins would get a chance to start anew.
It’s worth noting that Haskins did improve during the offseason and earned the captain role in Washington, so there are some solid qualities for him. He just may need more time to develop given that he wasn’t ready to play as a rookie and a pandemic-shortened offseason impacted him this year.
It’s also important to take this report with a grain of salt. It is just a rumor and while it could happen, only time will tell if it actually will.
Soon, we’ll see how Allen does in place of Haskins. And soon, we’ll see if Haskins is long for this team. Either way though, it’s disappointing that things have gone south so quickly for Haskins during the change in leadership.
But as the old adage goes, with new regimes come new quarterbacks. Haskins was fighting an uphill battle because of that, so it may be time for both sides to move on.