The Washington Football Team has announced Dwayne Haskins will be benched in favor of Kyle Allen, after Haskins’ brutal four week span to begin the NFL season.

Allen will start against the Los Angeles Rams, with Alex Smith listed as the backup. Haskins will be the third stringer, and may not dress. This comes just a week after captaining a young team, competing against an elite Baltimore Ravens roster.

Washington coach, Ron Rivera, told Haskins his play needed to improve against the Ravens to keep the starting job, but struggled against a strong Raven’s defense.


Washington predictably lost to the Ravens, 31-17. Haskins was 32/45 on his passes for 314 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Although there were no turnovers, and the game was semi-competitive for three quarters, Haskins will sit and watch behind two other players on Washington’s depth chart after posting a 31.7 QBR.

Washington quarterback Kyle Allen (8) throws during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon – Associated Press

Allen has proven he can sling it, and make the plays needed to win games. Rivera made the trade earlier this season to acquire Allen, who played for him last season.

With Rivera in Carolina last season, Allen started 12 games. He went 5-7 while throwing for 3,322 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Let it be known Allen was working with arguably the best running back in the league, Christian McCaffrey, back in Carolina.

Allen has a firm grasp of Washington’s offense, having played in the same system under Rivera last year in Carolina.

Haskins was taken 15th overall in the 2019 draft. He has not lived up to his true potential, and Washington looks to be moving on from the first rounder.

Washington will take on the Rams on Sunday, with Allen leading the team for the first time this year.

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