“Not at all have I given up on him,” Rivera stated.
Washington benched Haskins in favor of Kyle Allen for Sunday’s sport vs. the Los Angeles Rams. Haskins would be the No. 3 quarterback, behind Alex Smith. The transfer represents a serious pivot as Rivera beforehand stated he’d follow Haskins by the expansion course of.
However he additionally made it clear final week that he needed to see extra progress. The shortage of progress in lots of areas of Haskins’ sport, coupled with taking part in in a division that may be received with a sub-.500 report, prompted Rivera to show to Allen.
Washington drafted Haskins with the fifteenth total choose in 2019 with the thought it could sit him all season, based on a number of sources. However due to accidents and a foul report, Haskins ended up beginning seven video games. Haskins took each first-team rep throughout coaching camp and formally was named the starter in late August.
By 4 video games, Haskins had the NFL’s lowest whole QBR (30.9), which measures a quarterback’s impression on the sport. Regardless of throwing for 314 yards in Week 4, Haskins had the NFL’s second-lowest whole QBR at 31.5. He ranked final within the league in completion share on throws that traveled 5 air yards or extra (43.6).
A part of what Washington now needs to see: How Haskins responds to what some within the group say is the primary actual adversity he has confronted as a quarterback. For now, the way in which he can reply is by learning extra and taking psychological reps in observe.
“A giant a part of it’s watching and learning,” Rivera stated. “Like immediately, he was again there behind the quarterback watching the reps, wanting downfield. Simply being concerned, staying related, which is essential. … I’ve instructed you guys the one motive I am doing what I am doing is due to the circumstances and the scenario we’re in proper now.”
Allen spent two years in Carolina with Rivera and present Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Rivera had needed to carry a quarterback competitors this summer time, however the lack of a preseason scuttled these plans. He additionally stated the dearth of a traditional offseason, plus no preseason video games, hindered Haskins’ development — and made Allen’s information of Turner’s offense extra invaluable.
“There are issues Dwayne was nonetheless studying to do this Kyle is aware of when it comes to speaking with the offensive line,” Rivera stated. “It is one thing as we undergo this and progress, Dwayne will be taught and see how these items are carried out.”