A little quarterback competition may be brewing in Washington with the looming return of veteran gunslinger Alex Smith. Sophomore Dwayne Haskins welcomes the challenge and acknowledges that Smith’s presence will only help him to get better.

“I’m excited for Alex,” Haskins said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. “I hope he gets back to full 100 percent health. Whoever is in the quarterback room, I have to compete with, and even though he’s not really practicing with the offense, he’s still working hard, and even if we get to run against each other in competition and drills, I’m trying to make sure he gets me better and I get him better. We look at Alex as somebody who’s a mentor in the room that can help us every day as far as getting ready for who we’re playing each week and who we’re getting ready for next week.”

Smith is coming off a long lay-off after injuring his leg in a game against the Houston Texans two seasons ago. The surgeries and his overall recovery took nine months to complete. In July 2020, he was cleared by his doctors to resume football activities and was placed by the team in the physically unable to perform (PUP) list heading into the start of training camps.

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On the other hand, Dwayne Haskins had a rough start upon entering the league but started to show flashes of his potential towards the end of the season. All that ended when an ankle injury prematurely cut his rookie season short. He accumulated a total of 1,365 passing yards on 203 attempts and 7 scored touchdowns through 9 games played last season.

Whoever will be Washington’s QB1 for the upcoming season will have huge responsibilities on his shoulders. The chosen one will be expected to resurrect a team that is coming off a cellar-dwelling performance in the NFC East division.