Dwayne Haskins named Redskins starting QB

Chris Lingebach
November 11, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Dwayne Haskins named Redskins starting QB

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Bill Callahan announced rookie Dwayne Haskins as the Redskins' starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Callahan addressed reporters for the first time since the team's bye week at Redskins Park on Monday, saying, "First off, on the quarterback position, Dwayne Haskins will be the starter for the remainder of the year. We've got a lot of confidence in Dwayne. He's worked hard, he's smart, he studies, prepares, so this will be a great opportunity for him going forward."

This moment has been anticipated since the Redskins selected Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The former Ohio State standout has already had some playing time this season, but Callahan – since taking over the team after Jay Gruden's Week 5 firing – had been reluctant to officially name Haskins the starter to this point.

So far, Haskins has completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 284 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions for a 42.2 passer rating. In his lone start against the Bills, Haskins completed 15 of 22 passes (68.2%) for 144 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, for a 86.2 passer rating. He's been sacked eight times in three games this season.

Callahan on the new QB depth chart: "Secondly, Case Keenum will be the backup and Colt (McCoy) will be the three going into this week."

Callahan said he arrived at his decision to name Haskins the starter last week, but first had to break the news to the veteran QBs before making it public.

"The rationale behind not announcing it early on Monday, because we were just coming off the Buffalo game," he said. "I wanted to take time to sit down with our veteran quarterbacks and I wanted to share that information with them, and I wanted to let them know where they stand within the program and the change that we were making going forward.

"I really wanted to spend time with them and visit with them, because I have a lot of respect for those guys. As a veteran quarterback in this league, I think it's really important to visit, to communicate and just have a discussion and a dialogue so they know where they stand. I think anybody in life wants to know where they stand, especially in our league, and it's important because of the respect I have for the players on our team to give that due respect."

"They were good visits," Callahan added. "For Case and for Colt, they're both disappointed, as they naturally are, because that's their competitive nature. And I get that, I understand that. Just going forward, they understand that they will support Dwayne in his efforts, and I think it's a good room and I know (offensive coordinator) Kevin (O'Connell) will do a good job keeping it altogether." 

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