Breaking down the Washington Football Team QB depth chart for 2021.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Washington Football Team will begin the season with a new starting quarterback. In 2017, it was Kirk Cousins in his final year with the team. Then came Alex Smith in 2018.
Following Smith’s brutal leg injury and subsequent absence from the team, Case Keenum emerged as the 2019 Week 1 starter. And last season, Dwayne Haskins began the year as the starting quarterback before ultimately being benched in favor of Kyle Allen just a month into the season.
Washington has had a revolving door at quarterback for a while, but the last three years have been particularly rough. They’ve had nine different starting QBs, including the playoffs, and they’re still searching for long-term stability at the position.
As much as some fans may have wanted Washington to draft a long-term answer at quarterback, they didn’t choose to do so in 2021. That move could pay off down the line as the rest of their roster continues to get stronger, but it also means that they will be relying on a bridge quarterback to get them through the 2021 season.
That said, Washington does have a few young/inexperienced passers on the roster that are good developmental options and could emerge as solid starters if they can either improve or play more consistently this year. They’re not guaranteed to succeed, but they offer upside. That’s part of why Washington was able to pass on a QB in the 2021 NFL Draft.
All that said, here’s an in-depth look at the Washington Football Team’s quarterback depth chart and which roles players will settle into, at least to start the season.