Dwayne Haskins is still waiting for his Daniel Jones chance
The Redskins are 0-3 but there is still no sign that they will make a quarterback change.
So Dwayne Haskins, the 15th-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, will have to wait for his time to shine while Case Keenum runs the offense.
It’s hard for Haskins to ignore that several other rookie quarterbacks are getting a head start on making names for themselves. Kyle Murray, the first overall pick this year, has started since Week 1 for the Cardinals and No. 6 pick Daniel Jones just led the Giants to their first win of the season after replacing franchise QB Eli Manning. Even Gardner Minshew, who the Jaguars took in the sixth round, has gotten lots of attention.
“No, I’m happy for those guys,” Haskins said on Friday, according to ESPN.com. “It’s easy to look at the rookie class and be like, ‘Rookies are playing, why am I not playing?’ I want to be like Tom Brady and Drew Brees and that’s something that doesn’t happen overnight. Tom didn’t play at first; Aaron Rodgers didn’t play at first.”
Redskins coach Jay Gruden assured reporters that he had no intention of changing starting quarterbacks following Washington’s 31-15 loss to the Bears on Monday. The crowd could be heard chanting the rookies name after Keenum — who was traded to the Redskins in exchange for a Broncos’ sixth-round draft pick — committed five turnovers, including three interceptions.
Keenum injured his foot in Monday’s loss and was seen in a walking boot Wednesday. He didn’t participate in the walk-through, however, Gruden said he still anticipates Keenum playing.
The Redskins drafted Haskins out of Ohio State where he started 14 games. It was expected that Haskins would be shelved to start the season with the addition of Keenum in March, but if the losing continues he could see his first shot in the near future.
“He’s got the skill set to do it,” Gruden said. “There [is] a package of plays he can handle … Obviously you wouldn’t open the entire playbook for him nor would you need to, so you’ve got to make sure you cater to what he knows and what he’s comfortable with, but he’s got the skill set to do it.”
The Redskins face the Giants this Sunday, where Haskins will get to watch Jones — whom the Giants picked over him — helm the Big Blue offense while waiting for his opportunity to come.
“I know I can play well and play at a high level,” Haskins said. “But I want to keep getting better. I feel I can be really, really good. I want to be a great quarterback, one of those guys you talk about for years to come. That’s not going to happen overnight. Everyone has a different path and journey. That’s good for [the other rookies] and that’s the situation they’re in and I’m not.”
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