Ron Rivera refuses to name Dwayne Haskins the starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team, but listening to the coach's comments about the second-year passer, it sure sounds like it's Haskins job.
"He’s done a great job of studying, preparing and getting himself ready for this. He’s been great," Rivera said Tuesday morning. "He’s been on the field, doing the things we’ve asked of him. He’s done the extra stuff that he and I talked about in the offseason. He’s done the things that, I think, puts him right there where he needs to be at this junction of where we are in our training, having only been able to do zoom and now only having four days of work on the field."
A lot of the news has been about Smith this offseason and how good he's looked to this point, but he still has a long way to go the story said. Allen played for Rivera last year in Carolina and got off to a hot start before coming back to reality a bit. According to this story at least, it sounds like the job will be Haskins even though Rivera is advertising an open competition.
Rookies and veterans are working out together this week as the Cincinnati Bengals go through the acclimation period of training camp. The acclimation portion of camp features on-field walk-throughs, which means Joe Burrow is tossing his first passes to A.J. Green this week.
“He's one of the best receivers in the league. I couldn't be more excited to work with him,” Burrow said of Green.
The story said Green hasn’t entered a season with a rookie starting quarterback since he and Andy Dalton both started as first-year players in 2011. The wideout caught 65 footballs for 1,057 receiving yards and had seven touchdowns with Dalton throwing him the football in 2011. Factor in a new coach, too, and Green is going off the board in the sixth round which is the latest we've seen in years.
Since the Las Vegas Raiders drafted Lynn Bowden Jr. with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, rumors have swirled as to how Coach Gruden and the Raiders' offensive braintrust will use the former Kentucky Wildcat.
"Right now, we have him working out of the running backs room," Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson told reporters Tuesday. "He's meeting with Kirby Wilson, the running backs coach, but also he's had to learn a lot of things that we do at the quarterback position."
Bowden, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile college football player, famously took over at quarterback halfway through his senior season and set a slew of program records while also leading Kentucky in both rushing and receiving. His 160.7 all-purpose yards per game ranked fifth in the country. So there's no doubt that Bowden can do a little bit of everything, the story said.