By Lewis Gould
Dwayne Haskins struggled on Sunday as the WFT fell to the Cleveland Browns, giving them a 1-2 record.
Following his uninspiring performance on Sunday, Ron Rivera has put Haskins on notice moving forward:
“As I said, the thing at some point is, he’s going through this process — he’s growing, he’s developing — but we’ve got to continue to see positive growth,” Rivera said during a video conference call with reporters.
“We can’t see a regression. And the one thing he has to understand is there is a certain point where you’re no longer a rookie. To me, he’s still learning and growing, but there is a point where: ‘Hey, you know what? You should be more positive with your plays.’ ”
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During Sunday’s game, Washington was the first team to get on the scoreboard, with a touchdown pass from Haskins to Dontrelle Inman. However, after the touchdown pass to Inman, it was far from smooth sailing for Haskins.
The second-year quarterback would proceed to throw two interceptions on Washington’s next three drives. At the end of the game, he would finish with two touchdowns, three interceptions, and a fumble that he lost while being sacked by Myles Garrett.
What makes his turnovers even worse, is the fact that the Browns were able to take advantage of them. Between his three interceptions and his lost fumble, Cleveland was able to turn them into 24 points.
Seeing that the game ended with a score of 34-20, the turnovers from Haskins could be a large reason why Washington fell to 1-2 on the season. And with Rivera understanding that Washington has a roster that can compete, he’s not fond of Haskins giving the ball to the other team often.
Entering his first season as the head coach in the nation’s capital, Rivera has expressed confidence in Haskins as the starting quarterback of the future. With that being said, if Haskins continues to falter in the turnover department, then Rivera could turn to Alex Smith or Kyle Allen at quarterback.
This situation will be worth monitoring as Washington takes on a tough Baltimore Ravens team in Week 4.