Washington makes QB change, benching Haskins

Washington makes QB change, benching Haskins

Washington is making a change at quarterback, replacing the struggling Dwayne Haskins with Kyle Allen, the team announced Wednesday.

Allen will start Washington’s Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Rams, with Alex Smith serving as the backup.

League sources had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Washington coach Ron Rivera put Haskins on notice during a Sept. 28 meeting, telling the second-year quarterback that his performance needed to improve against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.

Haskins was 32-for-45 for 314 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions (a 31.5 Total QBR) as Washington lost 31-17 to Baltimore.

Allen started 12 games for the Carolina Panthers in 2019, going 5-7 while throwing for 3,322 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has a firm grasp of Washington’s offense, having played in the same system under Rivera last year in Carolina.

Haskins, the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft, has completed 61% of his passes this season for 939 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

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