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How Haskins could become NFL's biggest Week 2 storyline

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Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray has gotten the better of Dwayne Haskins in almost every way. 

As the Heisman winner in 2018, Murray finished two spots ahead of Haskins in the final voting. Despite Haskins leading Ohio State to Big Ten title glory in a record-breaking year, Murray's Oklahoma was selected as the fourth and final seed in the college football playoff. 

That continued onward to the NFL Draft, where Murray was selected as the No. 1 overall pick. Haskins wouldn't hear his name called until Washington nabbed him at 15. 

But according to Kyle Brandt of NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Haskins can take the next big step of his career should he outduel Murray come Sunday's Week 2 matchup.

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"And now all the shine is on Kyler. Haskins is supposed to be an accessory to the defense, you can already see that storyline developing," Brandt said on Thursday. "I'll tell you this about Kyler-Haskins, one of them is going to be 2-0 this weekend and is going to be the toast of the town, maybe even the toast of the country."

Still, Murray didn't earn Rookie of the Year honors for nothing. The former Sooner threw 20 touchdowns and 3,722 yards and followed that up with an impressive Week 1 win against Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco. 

"I know the money is on Kyler and he looks like a better player right now, but if Haskins flips the table, we got something here," Brandt said. "And if Dwayne Haskins, who I myself was saying was the second-best quarterback on Washington, goes 2-0, then that's the biggest storyline through the first two weeks of the season."