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.
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.
But as the team continues to chase the NFC East crown, and continues a seemingly endless cycle of quarterback swaps, Ron Rivera’s decision to go with Smith is in part the biggest challenge he has issued to Dwayne Haskins.
Smith took over for Kyle Allen and led Washington on four scoring drives while totaling 325 passing yards and throwing his first touchdown since his own injury two years ago. But he also threw three interceptions, two of which ended the team’s hope of a late score to tie or win, the story said. Smith makes for a potentially usable add in two QB leagues or even deeper leagues if your starting QB has a bye coming up.
Fowler went on to say the team won't know if Allen is out for the year until later, but it seems to be trending that way. The injury seems to be paving the way for Smith to potentially start the remainder of the season, according to sources. Haskins is also available but the team doesn't seem to want to go back to him. Smith is worth picking up in deeper leagues or in two-QB leagues for those in need at the position.
It looks like Allen was kept out of the rest of the game due to an "abundance of caution" Keim went on to say in his tweet. Smith came on in relief but the team looks like it will be going back to Allen in Week 6.