Dwayne Haskins will be Washington Football Team’s starting quarterback when the Philadelphia Eagles travel down to FedEx Field in Week 1. Head coach Ron Rivera confirmed as much on Wednesday.
Haskins was the favorite to start all along but there was an outside chance that Washington would go with Alex Smith, who has made a remarkable recovery, or Kyle Allen.
Haskins did not fare very well as a rookie. The Ohio State alumnus went just 2-5 in seven starts. He only completed 58.6% of his attempts for 6.7 yards per attempt, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 76.1 passer rating.
Because of course he did, Haskins managed to save his best game for the Eagles in Week 15 last year. He completed 67.9% of his attempts for 9.3 yards per attempt, two touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 121.3 passer rating. He also ran three times for 26 yards.
Haskins figures to be improved in Year 2 but it’s not exactly like he’s got a great supporting cast to work with. I mean, Ourlads has former Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers as a starter on their depth chart. Terry McLaurin is really good, no doubt. But a potentially-improved Eagles’ defense should be equipped to limit the damage that Haskins — the 31st ranked quarterback by Pro Football Focus heading into 2020 — can do.
Still, the Eagles shouldn’t be totally sleeping on the guy that had success against them last year. Washington isn’t projected to be very good this season but Philly obviously has some issues of their own heading into Week 1. You know, like ... who’s going to block that Chase Young guy?
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