Dwayne Haskins Demoted to Third String; Kyle Allen Starting; Alex Smith Backup

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The Washington football team is shuffling the deck at quarterback. Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media report:

  • Dwayne Haskins moves from starter to third string
  • Kyle Allen is now the starter
  • Alex Smith moves up to second string

Let’s take this piece by piece:

1) Haskins has not played well. He is averaging 6.4 yards per attempt this season. He has four touchdown passes and three interceptions. The team is 1-3 and lost the last three games to the Cardinals, Browns, and Ravens by two touchdowns apiece.

It’s one of those things in the NFL where you never know how much blame to assign to the abilities of a young, struggling quarterback like Haskins and how much to his fortunate of being drafted by a bad organization. Nonetheless, it had become clear that things are not working at this time.

2) Kyle Allen, the former Texas A&M quarterback, started 12 games for Carolina last season after Cam Newton got hurt. Ron Rivera, the Washington coach, was the coach in Carolina who put him in the starting job last season. The Panthers went 5-7 in games started by Allen.

3) The comeback story for Alex Smith continues to amaze. His leg was snapped in one of the more gruesome plays in NFL history. There was fear not only that he may never return to football again, but that his leg could be amputated. It now seems like a matter of when and not if we see him back under center.

Washington hosts the Rams at 1:00 pm ET this Sunday.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. First of all it was and is bad karma to wear Joe Theisman’s jersey number. He won a super bowl, an MVP of the league and MVP of the pro bowl all in the same year. And lost a super bowl with the highest scoring team in NFL history at the time.

    Joe wasn’t consulted and it’s a bad look.

    Haskins is a flake. He is a nice kid. He went to Bullis in Potomac on scholarship. He was pushed to go to Ohio State by some Potomac parents.

    He reminds me of Geof George except George could out throw his receivers.

    Bye Felicia

  2. Haskins seems like a good guy, he just doesn’t read defenses that well. Another year or two in college would have done him wonders. At a place like Ohio State when you have the best players on the field unless you are playing Clemson or Alabama it can be easy to rack up yards against the likes of Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Nebraska, Michigan, etc. I hate to agree with Colin Cowherd, but I prefer my QB’s to have at least 25-30 starts in college before drafting him.

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