Hey Philadelphia Eagles fans, The Dwayne Haskins era just began in Washington.
This is not a misprint. You don’t have to adjust your television sets if you’re watching at home. With no Philadelphia Eagles game to watch on Sunday, many fans of the ‘Birds’ turned their attention to the divisional battle between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants during the 1 PM EST window.
After making one of the worst decisions of the season so far regarding the Redskins, their head coach, Jay Gruden, has changed his position. Case Keenum is not Washington’s starter for the foreseeable future. They’ve, instead, handed the keys to the franchise to rookie Dwayne Haskins.
Take a look.
Here are three quick thoughts on that one.
1. The Redskins’ offense immediately looked better.
As stagnant Redskins offense immediately began showing some energy when Haskins went under center. His first drive didn’t yield a touchdown, but he did march his team into Giants territory and down into the red zone. The Redskins offense would get a field goal out of the exchange.
Haskins completed two out of his first four passes and produced 15 yards in the process.
2. Don’t expect Haskins to do what Daniel Jones did.
Washington’s quarterback switch will no doubt draw comparisons to New York’s quarterback change a week ago, but the two moves are vastly different. Jones had a week to prepare for his first start. Haskins was thrown into the fire after the ‘Skins fell into a 14-0 hole.
The better assessment of where Haskins is will come next week after a full week of practice.
3. Haskins and Jones are linked forever.
Another underlying storyline in this one lies in the fact that New York passed on Haskins to draft Daniel Jones. Isn’t poetic that Haskins landed with one of the Giants’ rivals? Isn’t it poetic that these two young signal-callers will play each other two times a year? Isn’t that just a marvelous win-win for NFL fans?
If you disagree with that last statement, you may need to check your pulse. These two may be battling for years to come.