It looks like Kyle Allen won't simply be Washington's backup quarterback. He'll actually have the opportunity to become the starter — if he earns it of course.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera fully believes that Allen and Dwayne Haskins will compete for the starting job, according to team staff writer Kyle Stackpole.
Host: "Is Dwayne Haskins your starting QB -- is that what you're going into camp believing -- or are these guys going to compete?"— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) March 25, 2020
Rivera: "That's what we're going into camp believing, but they're going to compete."
While Allen and Haskins may be relatively inexperienced, Rivera noted that Washington has no interest in going after free-agent QB Cam Newton and fully intends on riding with the young guns.
Rivera said there was no interest to bring in Cam Newton.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) March 25, 2020
"At the end of the day, we have a young football team with a young quarterback in position. We have the chance to set and establish a thing so that’s the way we’re looking at it."
Rivera continued: "Going forward, you never know what’s going to happen. But where we are right now, and we made a commitment to young guys, to find out who we have as a football team.”— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) March 25, 2020
Haskins played nine games as a rookie in 2019, starting seven. He went 2-5 with a 58.6 completion percentage, 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. While he wasn't exactly ideal for an extremely young Washington team, he could improve greatly this coming season.
Allen is headed to his third season in the NFL. The 24-year-old has a 6-7 record with a 62.1 completion percentage, 3,588 yards, 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his career. Quite frankly, his stats aren't too different than Haskins', but Allen does have a bit more experience.
It'll be interesting to see how things shake out in Washington once training camp is over.
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