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Washington Waives Second-Year Quarterback Dwayne Haskins

In a move that can only be classified as a surprise, the Washington Football Team has announced they have waived second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins with one week left to go in the regular season.

The move comes just hours after coach Ron Rivera announced that if starting quarterback Alex Smith is not able to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, Haskins would not be the starter. The team would go with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback instead.

Washington released a statement regarding the Monday roster move.

Haskins was pulled during Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers after he led the team to just six points.

In the seven-point loss, Haskins went 14-for-28 for 154 yards with two interceptions. He was also sacked twice.

Washington will play in a “do or die” game Sunday against the Eagles with the NFC East title on the line.

If Washington wins, they take home the division title. If they lose, they will miss the postseason.

Haskins, the former Ohio State quarterback, went 1-5 as a starter this season, and overall 3-10 in two seasons as starter.

Last year, he was the 15th overall pick in the draft. He initially showed signs of promise, throwing for 1365 yards, seven touchdowns and seven picks.

This season, he appeared to take a step backwards. He carried a QB rating of 30.7 and threw for 1439 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Haskins got in trouble with the team off the field as well, after pictures of him at a strip club not wearing a mask came out a few weeks ago.

Rivera said he discussed the incident with Haskins. Haskins then released a statement stating that he “took full responsibility for putting the team at risk.” He also issued an apology to his teammates for “creating a distraction during our playoff push.”

Heinicke came into Sunday’s loss against the Panthers and led Washington to their only offensive touchdown during the loss. He threw for 137 yards and had a QB rating of 102.3.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. Love how this take keeps the facts the facts. ESPN tried to make it sound like a small mistake.

    Ron Rivera is now one of my favorite coaches. A true culture maker that keeps the franchise moving in the right direction. Haskins clearly wasn’t the future of the franchise, but the message this sends is even better for keeping a franchise in the rapid rise that it appears they could be making.

    Hopefully this is just the beginning when it comes to sending messages to young QBs, Baker and Dwayne might be sexy and appear to have a fun personality, but any lack of maturity will end up with you on the waiver wire quicker than you can say Ray Rice.

  2. It was going to the strip club that was the issue…not the lack of wearing a face diaper. The NFL QB isn’t the NBA where guys can do dumb stuff like that and still have a job because they are talented. QBs in the NFL are only given so much rope…and that rope correlates to winning. That’s why Johnny Manziel crashed and burned.

    And I’d agree about Ron Rivera trying to create the right culture for the Redskins. QBs need to be more like Peyton Manning and less like Ryan Leaf.

  3. It only took some on Twitter 3 seconds to blame this on Haskins’ race. Don’t hold people responsible for their actions just base everything on their race, the true white liberal definition of racism.

  4. This story is more about stupid ownership vs a player. Dwayne Haskins, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel all had reputations in college. It’s amazing that billionaire owners , who would not even hire janitors with such reputations, gladly hand over the key$ to a billion dollar franchise. Here’s the kicker…..they will do it again. It’s Like finding out a billionaire business man marries a truck stop stripper. It just make you wonder if the actual intelligence that is inside their heads.

  5. Great example of a guy that would’ve benefitted from finishing school, both for the playing development and the maturity.

    Damnit outkick, fix this crap with the focus stealing scripts on these pages!!! 🤬😡😤💀

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