After being demoted from starting quarterback to third-string over a month ago, the future of quarterback Dwayne Haskins in Washington became bleak at best.
The end of No. 7 in Washington seemed to be a real possibility over the past couple of weeks, as Haskins' name was floated around as a possible trade candidate. Yet, Tuesday's trade deadline came and went without the second-year quarterback being sent somewhere else.
In his first media session with reporters following the deadline, head coach Ron Rivera was asked whether Haskins re-enter the mix at quarterback at some point this season. Rivera did not rule out that possibility but said he has no plan to change the team's depth chart at this time.
"I don't see any changes right now," Rivera said.
The head coach did compliment the way Haskins has been working in practice over the past few weeks. Rivera also said, once again, that the decision to pull him from the lineup was so Haskins could focus on his development.
"I do know this: I do appreciate the way he has been working," Rivera said. "I think Dwayne is understanding. He and I have talked, and I've told him, 'Dwayne, this really is about your development and growth.' He's a young, young quarterback. I've said this before."
Rivera also reiterated that his staff gave Haskins ample chances to take control of the starting job this season, going back to giving the second-year QB almost all the first-team reps in training camp.
"This year, we gave him a lot of opportunities and you still see the rawness," Rivera said. "To me, it's really about developing and growing."
Since Kyle Allen has taken over, Washington's offense has converted third downs at a much higher rate and have put together more sustained drives, keeping their defense off the field.
Washington's offense looked at its best this season in their last game before the bye week, a 25-3 thumping of their rival Dallas Cowboys.
Rivera hasn't given up on Haskins in Washington, though. That's something the head coach has said multiple times since he made the bold decision to bench the 2019 first-rounder four games into the season.
But, with Washington having the rare opportunity to chase a division title despite a 2-5 record, Rivera made it clear he has no plans to make a change at the sport's most important position again anytime soon.
"[Haskins is] going to have opportunities," Rivera said. "But right now, we've got Kyle as our one, Alex is our two, and he's our three. We'll go from there."