Redskins’ Ron Rivera expects QB competition with healthy Alex Smith
The Washington Redskins are hoping that Dwayne Haskins is the future of the franchise but that doesn’t mean that he’ll be handed the starting job next season. As the offseason looms, Ron Rivera expects to have a quarterback competition with Alex Smith getting healthy.
Rivera recently spoke about the state of Washington’s quarterback room and wants to see more from Haskins. After discussing Haskins, Rivera began to mention Smith’s possible role with the team.
“I also don’t want to forget Alex Smith,” Rivera said via ProFootballTalk. “Here’s a guy that’s doing everything he can to come back, and if Alex can come back and be the player that he was we have a good situation; we have competition at that position.”
This season, Haskins made seven starts in his rookie season in the NFL. The Ohio State product would finish the season with 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Of course, Smith sat out the entire 2019 season after suffering a compound fracture to his tibia and fibula near the end of the 2018 season. The veteran signal-caller recently came out to talk about the eye-opening recovery process he had to withstand.
When the new league year begins in March, both Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are set to become free agents. With that in mind, it remains to be seen if Rivera is interested in bringing either of them back in 2020.
On the other hand, Rivera seems to be supportive of Haskins and wants to develop him for the future. Despite being a first-round pick a year ago, Haskins is going to have to beat out a 35-year-old Alex Smith.
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