Quarterback Dwayne Haskins benched by Washington, Allen to start Sunday vs. Rams


EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 29: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Washington Redskins walks on the field in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Dwayne Haskins is being benched by the Washington Football Team and replaced at quarterback by Kyle Allen for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Washington’s team Twitter feed announced the QB switch Wednesday. The move comes after just four games under new head coach Ron Rivera.

Washington is off to a 1-3 start and currently on a three-game losing streak after rallying to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.

Haskins, a first-round pick in the 2019 draft out of Ohio State, has thrown for 939 yards and has completed 61% of his passes this season, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

As a rookie, he had 1,365 yards passing, seven TDs and seven interceptions and completed 58.6% of his throws. Washington went 2-5 in his starts last year.

Allen was an offseason pickup for Washington. He played for Rivera in the coach’s previous job with the Carolina Panthers.

In last Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Haskins completed 32 of 45 attempts for 314 yards, without a touchdown or a pick. He also was sacked three times for 40 yards in losses.

A key play came on fourth-and-goal from the 13-yard line, with Haskins managing only a 5-yard pass to the 8, turning the ball over on downs.

“I wanted to see what would happen,” Rivera said after the game. “Unfortunately, that’s a situational awareness that he’ll have to understand — that ball has to be in a position to put it in the end zone. He’s still learning, he’s still growing and he’s still developing.”

Rivera said he was looking for “growth” from Haskins and added: “We’re looking at our circumstances right now as a football team. We’re in a very interesting situation right now.”


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