Ron Rivera: Dwayne Haskins Is Redskins Starter but Will Compete with Kyle Allen

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 26, 2020

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 22: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Washington Redskins warms up before the game against the New York Giants at FedExField on December 22, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins still view Dwayne Haskins as their starting quarterback, but head coach Ron Rivera is creating competition for the job heading into next season.  

In an interview with WFNZ's The Clubhouse With Kyle Bailey (h/t Anthony Haynie III of The Team 980), Rivera addressed where things stand on the quarterback depth chart after the acquisition of Kyle Allen:

"We're going into camp believing [Haskins is the starting quarterback], but they're going to be competing. At the end of the day, nobody knows what's going to happen, so we just have to get ourselves ready. Really like what we have in terms of our young quarterbacks. Kyle is also a young guy, has a long arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I'm excited about what the potential could be."

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Washington sent the Carolina Panthers a fifth-round draft pick to acquire Allen. 

Rivera has familiarity with Allen from their two seasons together with the Panthers. Allen replaced Cam Newton, who was sidelined due to a Lisfranc injury, as their primary starting quarterback in 2019.

Carolina signed Allen as an undrafted free agent out of Houston in 2018. The Arizona native was inconsistent last season with 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He was sacked 46 times, fifth-most among all quarterbacks.

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If Washington wants to create more competition for the starting job, it has the ability to draft another high-profile quarterback with the No. 2 pick this year. B/R's Matt Miller has the team selecting Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. 

Rivera told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine the Redskins were going to bring in Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa for workouts. That announcement came before the NFL banned in-person visits due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Haskins is entering his second season after being selected No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL draft. The Ohio State alum struggled as a rookie in nine games. He threw for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 58.6 completion percentage. 

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