Ron Rivera revealed on Wednesday that Dwayne Haskins will be the Washington Football Team’s starting quarterback to open the season.
” He deserves the chance,” Rivera informed reporters through conference call. “He’s going to get the opportunity and he’s going to get my assistance.”
Rivera said he notified the team of his choice Wednesday. Washington opens its season Sept. 13 at house against the Philadelphia Eagles.
When Rivera was worked with as the team’s head coach in January, he declined to name Haskins, 23, the starter outright, although he started seven games at the end of his rookie season and come off the bench for two others. Instead, Rivera set out a plan for Haskins that focused on the intangibles, such as his management, his commitment to the task and his preparation.
” Dwayne has actually lived up to whatever that he and I talked about back in the middle of January, he really has,” Rivera said. “I have actually been actually pleased with his effort and his attitude and the method he approached everything.”
At the outset of training school, Rivera and his staff meant to have Haskins, the team’s 2019 first-round pick, and Kyle Allen, a third-year quarterback who played for Rivera for 2 seasons in Carolina, battle for the beginning task. However a real competition as Rivera imagined wasn’t possible with the cancellation of preseason. So Rivera decided to have Haskins work mainly with the first-team offense in camp to afford him as lots of representatives as possible prior to the season.
Rivera said he has yet to decide on the backup quarterback task. Alex Smith was activated off the physically not able to carry out list at the start of camp, but didn’t get involved in full-contact 11- on-11 drills. When asked after the team’s practice at FedEx Field on Monday about the prepare for Smith, Rivera said “we like the growth we’ve seen” and as the team prepares for the opener, “we’ll continue to deal with him.”
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