Washington Redskins: When Will They Start Dwayne Haskins?

With the New York Giants switching from Eli Manning to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones for Week 3, will the Washington Redskins switch from Case Keenum to rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins anytime soon?

I don’t think Washington should at the moment. Keenum is not the reason why they are 0-2 to start the season. He is playing behind a bad offensive line and Case Keenum has no running game behind him.

So far this season, he has completed 56-of-81 of his passes for 601 yards and five touchdowns. It has been surprising that Keenum has not thrown an interception yet this season. He also has rushed for -1 yards on one carry.


Washington has an interesting schedule coming up. They play the Chicago Bears (1-1) at home this Monday night. The Redskins will then play the New York Giants (0-2) up I-95 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Washington will then face the New England Patriots (2-0) at home and then the Miami Dolphins (0-2) on the road. The Washington Redskins would then play the San Francisco 49ers (2-0) at home, the Minnesota Vikings (1-1) on the road on Thursday night October 24, and the Buffalo Bills on the road.

Washington will have a bye week in Week 10. That would maybe be the time to switch to Haskins. Especially if the Redskins coaching staff feel like he is ready to play. The first game they would have after the bye week would be against the New York Jets (0-2) at home on Sunday, November 17.

If the Redskins decided not to start him by then, I think they would either sit him the full season or play him for the final four games of the seasons. That would not begin until Sunday, December 8 on the road against the Green Bay Packers (2-0).

Haskins was the 15th overall pick out of Ohio State University in the 2019 NFL Draft. A lot of people thought Dwayne Haskins was going to be the quarterback for the New York Giants because he is from New Jersey. However, it shocked a ton of people when New York took Daniel Jones out of Duke University with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Haskins completed 32-of-58 passes in the preseason for 409 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 21 yards on four carries.

One of the things that would help him transition into the starting role whenever his name is called upon will be wide receiver, Terry McLaurin. McLaurin was his teammate in college and he was a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Another interesting thing to keep an eye on if this. If Haskins does not play well if he plays this season, and if the Redskins fire Jay Gruden at the end of the season, what’s going to happen if Washington’s new coach does not like Dwayne Haskins in the long run?

That leaves them in a very bad situation. Case Keenum only has a one-year deal, Colt McCoy isn’t the answer long term, and Alex Smith‘s career is basically over due to the gruesome leg injury he had last season.

Realistically, I don’t think the Washington Redskins want to play Dwayne Haskins at all this season. Although pressure by the media is going to force them to play him. If he is going to play, it would not be until after the bye week.

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