“Riverboat Ron” strengthens training camp efforts for Dwayne Haskins.
Redskins head coach Ron Rivera told WFNZ’s “The Clubhouse” on Wednesday That team “goes into camp believing” Haskins will be the starter for recently acquired Kyle Allen coming Week 1, but he will make the second-year quarterback work for it first.
“They will compete,” Rivera said. “We really like what we have when it comes to our young quarterbacks. Kyle is also a young guy who has a living arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I’m excited about what the potential can be. “
The 22-year-old Ohio State product was drafted by Redskins 15th overall less than a year ago and is already finding his job on the line. He started the 2019 season behind Case Keenum, but eventually replaced him after poor performance and injuries. Over nine games, Haskins collected 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and had a 58.6 completion percentage.
The Redskins acquired the 24-year-old Allen on Tuesday from the Panthers for a fifth inning of the 2020 NFL Draft. Rivera overlapped with the uncovered free agent in Carolina for the 2018 season and part of the 2019 season before Rivera was fired on December 3.
With a suffering Cam Newton on the side just two weeks into the 2019 season, Allen stepped in and won his first four games. However, things went quickly, and he lost eight of his last nine appearances and threw 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in that interval.
Rivera denies any interest in bringing the recently released Newton to the Redskins and speaks optimistically about Allen and his role in Redskins offense.
“Kyle fits what we do. He understands our system, ”he said. “Scott Turner is our offensive coordinator and we use the system that we basically had in place for nine seasons.”