It had been 10 weeks since Dwayne Haskins last took a snap for the Washington Football. Demoted to third-string, elevated to backup after Kyle Allen's injury and then thrust onto the field following an injury to Alex Smith, Haskins found himself under center for his team against the 49ers.
It wasn't the cleanest performance for the former first-round pick after completing 7-of-12 passes for 51 yards and nearly throwing a bad interception late in the fourth quarter, but in the end, Haskins did enough to secure his team its fourth-straight win.
You can forgive Haskins for being a little rusty. It's been a while since he was throwing passes in an NFL game. The thing that stood out to NBC Sports Washington's Brian Mitchell was the way he carried himself between those throws on the sideline.
"I can see something in his psyche that he's not the same person he was before," Mitchell said on Washington Football Postgame Live. "He seems to be paying a lot closer attention. As you watch him on the sideline the camera catches him communicating with Alex [Smith] and his teammates."
Alex Smith's calf injury is still an unknown. Ron Rivera said if it were an emergency, Smith could have returned to the game, though his status for next week's game against the Seahawks is up in the air.
If Smith can't go and Haskins makes his first start since Week 4, it'd be another chance for him to show he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL on a team in great position to make the playoffs. However, those chances don't go around often in this league.
"If something is serious with Alex, get ready to play because you only have a few times in this league to prove that you can get it done or not get it done," Mitchell said.
Washington will host Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 14 at FedExField with a chance to get to .500 on the season and put more distance between themselves and the Giants in the division.