RUMOR: Ron Rivera eyeing to retain Alex Smith for 2021 NFL season
Alex Smith has been holding down the fort for the Washington Football Team in recent weeks and he may be doing the same next season. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ron Rivera is hoping to bring back Smith for the 2021 season.
Before training camp, Washington seemed to be set with Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen at the quarterback position. However, Smith was still battling back from his horrific leg injury from 2018, itching to get back on the field.
The veteran quarterback was able to miraculously return to the practice field during the offseason, setting him up to be ready for the regular season. Little did Washington know that Smith would be called upon sooner rather than later.
After starting Haskins for the first four weeks, Rivera elected to bench him in favor of Allen. Haskins was struggling to begin the season, throwing for four touchdowns and three interceptions in four games.
While Washington was hoping to get a spark from Allen, he would suffer a season-ending ankle injury in Week 9 versus the New York Giants. Therefore, Smith had his name called and he’s performed well, considering the circumstances he’s been put in.
Alex Smith has completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 881 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions in three games of action. He was able to throw 300+ passing yards in back-to-back for the first time in his career before securing his first win of the season in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rivera hasn’t ruled out the idea of Haskins getting another chance under center at some point. Regardless of who is starting next season, Rivera would love to have Smith remain in the quarterback room.