By Lewis Gould
Dwayne Haskins and the WFT nailed down a 23-15 win against the San Francisco 49ers last night.
Haskins struggled early in the season before getting benched. Against the Niners, he came in to replace an injured Alex Smith.
Afterward, Haskins couldn’t help but get emotional following the win.
“I would just say the biggest growth that I’ve had has just been as a person,” Haskins said.
“This is probably the biggest amount of adversity I’ve faced since coming into the world … I prayed and I prayed again. I’m just glad that I’m able to be here right now and tell you guys that I’m thankful. That’s all I care about right now.”
Dwayne Haskins: “This is the biggest amount of adversity I’ve faced since coming into the world.”
Chokes up as he thanks the people who have stuck with him and prayed for him. pic.twitter.com/yJQvUPViIP
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Smith, who returned earlier this season after a horrific leg injury in 2018, strained his calf. While he was seen walking around, Washington didn’t want to risk a more serious injury and opted for Haskins.
Haskins didn’t have a great outing. He finished 7-of-12 for just 51 yards.
But, more important, he kept his team rolling en route to the eight-point win — and first place in the NFC East.
Haskins was benched after Week 4. He had 939 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions by that point.
Though it’s unclear how head coach Ron Rivera will move forward with the position through the end of the season — he said it’ll depend on how Smith feels this week — he was impressed with what Haskins did on the field.
“He’s showing growth,” Riviera said, via NBC Sports. “That’s the thing we got to look for … The first couple of series, you saw a lot of quick decisions, good decisions. [He had] some poise back there just operating the offense.”