By Michael Bennett

The Redskins looked like a playoff contender last season until Alex Smith suffered a gruesome broken leg injury, knocking him out for the season.

Now, the Redskins are entering a rebuild headlined by rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who may very well end up winning the starting job going into 2019.

To be blunt, Washington probably wasn’t going anywhere this past year even if Smith stayed healthy, so the Redskins were in need of a change regardless of what they did in 2018.

It doesn’t just stop at Haskins, though, as Washington has plenty of other issues.

Do the Redskins throw Haskins into the fire immediately even though he has a horrific supporting cast offensively? Or will Washington hand the keys to veteran Case Keenum for now and let Haskins serve as an understudy for a bit?

The wise thing to do would probably be to start the season with Keenum, and then if the Redskins are out of playoff contention later on in the season, make the switch to Haskins and get him some reps.

I think Haskins could be special, but there is something to be said for protecting the confidence of a young quarterback, and Jay Gruden and the Redskins need to be very careful how they go about approaching this situation.

Without any reliable receivers, Haskins could end up having a very trying rookie campaign if Washington decides to start him.

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