Redskins’ Rivera appears to commit to Haskins

By | March 25, 2020

Redskins’ Rivera appears to commit to Haskins … One of the storylines regarding the 2020 draft that just wasn’t going away was that a certain segment of the Washington organization was not enamored with QB Dwayne Haskins, the Redskins’ top pick at last year’s draft, and was pushing for the team to consider taking Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with the 2nd pick overall rather than Ohio State DE Chase Young. On Tuesday, though, Redskins’ coach Ron Rivera came out with a pretty strong statement in support of Haskins. In an interview with a Charlotte radio station, Rivera said that the Redskins had passed on signing former Panthers’ star QB Cam Newton when he was released earlier this week because the Redskins had a “commitment to a young guy” in Haskins. Rivera went on to add that the Redskins were “a young team with a young quarterback in position. We have the chance to set and establish a thing so that’s the way we’re looking at it. Going forward, you never know what’s going to happen, but where we are right now, we made a commitment to a young guy  to find out who we have as a football team.” Indeed, rather than signing Newton, the Redskins signed Kyle Allen, his former backup with the Panthers. Rivera did leave himself some wiggle room, but it certainly implied that Haskins was their guy, at least for the foreseeable future. Of course, the Redskins could also elect to trade out of the 2nd pick, but it would likely take a major package of picks to entice them to trade down, and right now it appears unlikely that any other team is going to be willing to pay that price to trade up for a guy (Tagovailoa) with a questionable long-term health status.