It's official - Ron Rivera names Dwayne Haskins starting QB originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Washington Football head coach Ron Rivera named Dwayne Haskins the team's starting quarterback.
The news comes with Week 1 against the Eagles looming in less than two weeks, and it's an obvious yet big step for Haskins. The 15th overall pick in 2019 started seven games last season with uneven results but an encouraging end to the season.
When Rivera took over the Washington Football Team in January, the coach publicly challenged Haskins to become more of a leader.
"Dwayne has lived up to everything he and I talked about back in January," Rivera said Wednesday.
Washington also traded for QB Kyle Allen this offseason, and Rivera wanted a true competition between the two passers. With no preseason games and a truncated offseason, Rivera said there was no space for that level of competition so Haskins needed to get the bulk of the work with the first-team offense.
Rivera specifically said he was pleased with Haskins' growth on the field and off the field.
"He began to speed up," Rivera said of Haskins' play the last few weeks.
What will be interesting is the QB depth chart as Allen and Alex Smith are still on the active roster.