It's no secret that Dwayne Haskins' second professional season has not gone the way he hoped.
The 23-year-old began the season as Washington's starting quarterback, only to get relegated to third-string just after four games. He's since been elevated to the backup role with Kyle Allen injured, but head coach Ron Rivera hasn't given any indication that he's going to turn back to Haskins anytime soon. Alex Smith is the starter for now and moving forward.
Since Smith has taken over, though, one unexpected Burgundy and Gold pass-catcher has thrived. That would be third-year pro Cam Sims, who's turned in back-to-back career games over the past two weekends.
In an interview with the Washington Football Talk podcast, Sims said that he talks to Haskins often and hopes his own unconventional NFL path can serve as an example for the second-year QB that his time "is going to come."
"I always tell him, 'Just look at me as an example,'" Sims said. "I always tell him, just keep his head up and keep working and your time is going to come when it's supposed to."
Of course, there are plenty of differences between Haskins and Sims' career paths.
The former was a first-round draft pick -- albeit a raw prospect -- but one the Burgundy and Gold expected to make a big impact on the future of the franchise. The latter went undrafted in 2018 out of Alabama and has bounced back and forth between the active roster and practice squad since, primarily as a special-teams player.
However, with injuries to Washington's wide receiver corps over the past few weeks, Sims has had the opportunity to prove himself on offense. He's done just that.
Two weeks ago, against the Giants, Sims totaled 110 yards on three catches. He followed up his first career 100-yard outing with a four-catch, 54-yard game this past Sunday against Detroit. Earlier this year, he also caught his first career touchdown, one that would have tied the game against the Giants in Week 6 late in the fourth quarter had Washington elected to kick the extra point.
For now, it appears as if Washington is going to give the third-year veteran the chance to prove he's worthy of being the team's No. 2 pass-catcher opposite of stud Terry McLaurin.
Sims is getting his chance to prove himself, while at the moment, Haskins is not. The wideout doesn't want his quarterback to get down on himself, though, telling him his chance will come again.
"It probably won't come when you want it, but it will come when it's supposed to," Sims said.