Ron Rivera’s “cut-off point” for Dwayne Haskins was four games, apparently.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Washington made a QB switch, benching Haskins and handing the reins to Kyle Allen for Sunday’s game against the L.A. Rams, per a source informed of the situation. Alex Smith will be the backup and Haskins will be inactive, the team announced.
The move is a swift turn from the former first-round pick, who has started 11 total games in his young career over two seasons. Just last week, Rivera noted he was committed to Haskins after a three-pick performance. Commitment is fleeting in the NFL.
“We’re 1-3. Watching the game and Dwayne’s play, Dwayne needs more work,” Rivera told reporters Wednesday. “He just hasn’t had enough work in, and that’s the thing I think I hope that everyone understands. He’s got a live NFL arm. But he only played one year in college, he played very limited last year — I liked the things that I saw from last year — and this year he played, we gave him every opportunity, we gave him all the reps with the 1s, we gave him an opportunity to start four games and gave us a chance to truly evaluate him.
“But with the (NFC East) division where it is right now, I’d be stupid not to give it a shot and see what happens in the next four games. But I wanted to put it in the hands of somebody who knows the system a little bit better, backed up by a guy that’s been there.”
Haskins is coming off his first career 300-plus yard passing game in the 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The 23-year-old set career highs in attempts (45), completions (32), pass yards (314) and completion percentage (71.1, min 20 attempts) in Week 4.
The inconsistencies, however, have been glaring.
Haskins too often glares at his first read like it’s a staring contest, which either leads the defense right to the play or throws off the timing with the rest of the routes if he finally moves on in his progression. His footwork still gets wonky at times, which leads to overthrows or mistargeted worm-burners. Through four games, Haskins has thrown for 939 yards with 4 TDs to 3 INTs and he’s taken 13 sacks (on pace for 52 over 16 games). Next Gen Stats ranks Haskins as a -27.4 EPA (expected points added) through the first month, fourth-worst among QBs with at least 50 pass attempts. His -6.6 completion percentage over expected is second-worst, ahead of only Broncos QB Jeff Driskel, who was benched after 64 attempts.
There have been flashes of potential from Haskins’ big arm, and he has made strides within Washington’s new offense, but apparently, those positives weren’t enough to give the first-rounder a longer leash.
“He should be disappointed. If he wasn’t disappointed, I’d be concerned,” Rivera said of Haskins. “But right now we’re in a situation where, if we’re still trying teach one guy and the other 52 aren’t given the opportunity to see if we