ASHBURN, Va. (WAVY/AP) — The Washington Football Team have released quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Head Coach Ron Rivera released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the latest updates.
This afternoon I met with Dwayne and informed him that we would be releasing him. I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward.Ron Rivera, Washington Football Team Head Coach
On Sunday, Washington blew its first chance to clinch the NFC East by losing 20-13 to the Carolina Panthers. All Washington had to do was beat a team long eliminated from contention to punch its ticket to the playoffs.
Dwayne Haskins started less than a week after being fined for violating COVID-19 protocols and turned the ball over three times in the first half. Coach Ron Rivera benched Haskins early in the fourth quarter and put Taylor Heinicke in at quarterback.
Heinicke, the all-time leading passer in Old Dominion history, was brought in to be the team’s “quarantine quarterback” just over two weeks ago. Heinicke completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown to J.D. McKissic.
Haskins threw for more yards (154) on 14 of 28 completions, but was intercepted twice, and sacked on a fourth down after missing a wide open Chris Simms.
Haskins was selected 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, and was considered by some to be a potential franchise quarterback. Inconsistency on the field, and recent troubles off the field derailed any future for the once-considered rising star.
Last week, photos of Haskins at a mask-less party made the rounds on social media. The 23-year old was fined $40,000 for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols, but still made the start in the team’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Haskins started the first four games of this season, but managed only one win and was later demoted to third string behind Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.
He ends his Washington career throwing for 2,084 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over two seasons.