When Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera benched quarterback Dwayne Haskins in October, one of the reasons for doing so was that he didn't see enough growth from the second-year QB to continue with him as the starter.
On Sunday, Haskins was forced into action for the first time since being benched after Alex Smith was sidelined with a calf injury on his right leg, the same one that he notoriously injured two years ago.
Haskins didn't overly impress, but Rivera said postgame that he was happy with the performance he got from his quarterback on Sunday.
"Yeah. He's showing growth," Rivera said. "That's the thing we got to look for."
Haskins statistics weren't great: he finished 7-of-12 for 51 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions.
But, the 23-year-old did enough for Washington to hold on to its lead and knock off the San Francisco 49ers, 23-15, for the Burgundy and Gold's fourth straight victory.
Washington's offensive game plan didn't change when Haskins took over for Smith, Rivera said. The head coach was impressed with how Haskins' moved the football on his first drive back in action, one that was capped by Washington field goal.
"The first couple of series, you saw a lot of quick decisions, good decisions," Rivera said. "Some poise back there just operating the offense."
With the victory, Washington now holds sole possession of first place in the NFC East with three games to go. But, who their starting quarterback will be next week for a home clash with Seattle remains uncertain.
"We'll see how Alex is as this week progresses and we will prepare accordingly," Rivera said.