By Zachary Neel
The common thought in the NFL seems to be that the Washington Redskins would be smart to let rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins wait on the sidelines for the first few weeks of the season while veteran Case Keenum shoulders the load early on.
However, NFL analyst Bucky Brooks thinks otherwise, saying that Haskins should be crowned the winner of the QB competition from Day 1 of training camp, and learn through the bumps and bruises of a tough early-season schedule that features four playoff teams from 2018 (Eagles, Cowboys, Bears and Patriots.)
Sure, it’s not ideal to trot out a young signal-caller against a handful of upper-crust teams with stingy defenses, but Haskins is the best option on the roster and it doesn’t make sense to delay his developmental process by having him sit behind Case Keenum and/or Colt McCoy. I don’t intend to pooh-pooh either veteran’s valuable experience in this league, but let’s be honest: Their individual talents pale in comparison to Haskins’.
Brooks is not wrong in saying that Haskins is much more talented than the rest of the pack, but it is the shot to his confidence than an 0-4 start could bring. When looking at past NFL QB cases, compare the early season struggles of Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston as to someone like Baker Mayfield last year, who was allowed to build anticipation while waiting on the...