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One case for starting Dwayne Haskins over Alex Smith

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The Washington Football Team was dealt another blow at quarterback in Week 9, losing Kyle Allen for the season on a brutal ankle injury.

Ron Rivera has already named Alex Smith the starter for Week 10 against Detroit, as he'll be the team's third starting quarterback this season already. However, there's still a matter of what to do with Dwayne Haskins, Washington's starter-turned-third-stringer-turned-backup.

Should Washington give the young quarterback another chance or try to ride Smith to a division title that it somehow still in reach? There's an argument for both Haskins and Smith, and on Monday's broadcast of The Sports Junkies, Eric Bickel gave his case for No. 7.

"I would play Dwayne Haskins because I feel like he gives them a better chance to win than Alex Smith, because Alex can't evade the rush, he just looks unsettled, he's rusty," Bickel said. "I just don't think he moves well." 

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Aside from two costly interceptions, Smith played relatively well coming in for the injured Allen. He completed 24-of-32 passes and threw his first touchdown pass since returning from a catastrophic leg injury in 2018. 

Bickel's point doesn't appear to be focused on Smith's performance as a passer but instead his limitations as a scrambler, which is something Smith revolved his game around pre-injury. Not only that, but Bickel hopes Haskins can take advantage of what he calls the 23-year-old's "last shot" in Washington.

 

"I would give it to Haskins and hope you catch lightning in a bottle and maybe he understands, 'This is my last shot here. This is my last shot to demonstrate to the league that I have some value.'"

Through four games this season, Haskins completed 61% of his passes for 939 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He was pulled after a loss to the Ravens and has been inactive on gameday since. 

Now, he's the backup and one play away from another shot under center.