Ron Rivera admitted the obvious on Monday: Washington doesn’t know its quarterback of the future. So what are the team’s options? The pressure on the team to identify one is immense because, by year two of a rebuild, there should be a plan in place at the sport’s most important position.
Option one is Dwayne Haskins. Rivera said he still believes Haskins has the talent to be the long-term solution, but he challenged the 23-year-old to prove, as the new backup, that he learned from being benched and will work harder to prepare every week.
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According to the story, the free agent class is thin, and the only starter-quality options under 30 are Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston. Cam Newton, Rivera’s former starter with Carolina, is 31 years old and struggled since a hot start with the Patriots. Washington could look to the draft. But if the team continues to prioritize winning now — the “short-term glory,” as Rivera once said — it would potentially pick out of range for the consensus top two quarterbacks, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. This would leave them to choose between second-tier options, such as North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Brigham Young’s Zach Wilson or Florida’s Kyle Trask, the story went on to say.