Report: Haskins only started because he was Dan Snyder's 'favorite'


The Washington Football Team started Dwayne Haskins at quarterback the first four games of the season because that was the preference of team owner Dan Snyder, per a new CBS report. 

From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

Numerous sources who have been in contact with Washington staff members told me that there was a strong perception that Haskins was not a good fit early on, and that he was only a starter because he was a favorite of owner Daniel Snyder, whose children went to school with Haskins.

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Washington drafted Haskins 15th overall last year and it's been widely reported that the pick only happened because Snyder wanted the former Ohio State star. Washington's football executives did not want Haskins, and when Ron Rivera took over this year, the veteran coach hardly spoke highly of Haskins.

Eventually, that changed and Haskins was named the starter, but Rivera sent him to the bench after four weeks.

Now it's been suggested the team might trade Haskins before the deadline at the end of the month, and he won't even be in attendance for the Week 5 game against the Rams due to a stomach illness.