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A timeline of Dwayne Haskins' short tenure in Washington

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In the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington selected a quarterback from Ohio State by the name of Dwayne Haskins. Picked No. 15 overall, the hope was that the star collegiate passer would become the future of the franchise and put to bed the revolving door at quarterback.

Fast forward less than two years, and Haskins is no longer in Washington. The second-year pro was released by Washington on Monday

Despite his time in Washington being quick, there was no shortage of eventful moment for Haskins. Here's a look at the timeline of his days in the Burgundy and Gold.

April 15, 2019

Haskins officially becomes a member of the Washington Football Team as he is selected No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. It was unclear if Washington was truly going to take a quarterback in the first round, but as Haskins fell to them, the organization decided to go all-in.

August 25, 2019

Despite Haskins' status as a first round pick, it was never a guarantee he would be the Day 1 starter. Head coach Jay Gruden would give him a shot, but he also liked what he had in veteran Case Keenum, who came over in a March trade.

That became clear in August, as Keenum was named the starter over Haskins for the season opener. The rookie would serve as the No. 2 quarter to begin the campaign.

September 29, 2019

In Week 4 against the New York Giants, Keenum is benched after a slow start, leaving Haskins to make his NFL debut. Thrown into the fire, it doesn't go well.

 

He would go 9-of-17 for 107 yards and throw three interceptions in the 24-3 loss. Following the game, Keenum would remain the starter.

October 24, 2019

During a Thursday night matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, Haskins once again takes over for Keenum after the veteran exited the contest with an injury. The rookie completed 3-of-5 passes for 60 yards and an interception.

More importantly, Keenum's injury would spell the beginning of Haskins' time as the starter.

November 3, 2019

Haskins makes his first career NFL start in Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills as Keenum continues to recover from his injury. It isn't a great game, however, as Haskins throws for just 144 yards and is sacked four times in a 24-9 loss.

November 11, 2019

Coming off a bye, there was tons of speculation as to whether interim head coach Bill Callahan would stick with Haskins or return to a healthy Keenum. Callahan went with the former and named Haskins the starter for the rest of the 2019 season.

November 24, 2019

Haskins picks up his first career NFL win, though it wasn't very pretty. Beating the Lions 19-16, the quarterback didn't throw for a touchdown in the contest. He was also scrutinized following the game for taking a selfie with fans before the final seconds had ticked off the clock. 

December 15 and December 22, 2019

In what would be his final two appearances of the season, Haskins puts together his two most complete games. In a close loss to the Eagles, he throws for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and before leaving the game against the Giants with an injury, he compiled two more touchdowns while looking to be more comfortable in the offense.

December 31, 2019

Ron Rivera is hired as the head coach of the Washington Football Team. This doesn't involve Haskins directly, but a new coach brings up questions as to whether or not the young QB is still the presumed starter.

In the coming months, Rivera explains that while he will give Haskins every chance to be the starter, nothing is guaranteed.

2020 offseason

Rivera wanted to see improvements from Haskins to name him the starter, and Haskins worked to do just that during the offseason. Training with numerous star players including Antonio Brown and Chad Johnson, Haskins looks sharper while also slimming down his figure.

The hype was real for the quarterback.

September 2, 2020

Rivera names Haskins the starter, which doesn't come as a surprise. The quarterback spent all of training camp working with the first-team offense.

September 13, 2020

Washington opens up the season with a 27-17 win over the Eagles. While Haskins only compiled 178 passing yards and one touchdown, it felt as if the quarterback was coming into his own and beginning to lead the team and offense.

September 27, 2020

That notion quickly changed just two weeks later after Haskins put together one of his worst performances in Washington against the Browns. Throwing for three interceptions, turnovers and a lack of consistency and offense continued to plague the QB.

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October 7, 2020

Despite throwing for over 300 yards in Week 4, Rivera opted to bench Haskins prior to Week 5. Kyle Allen became the starter with Alex Smith backing him up, leaving Haskins as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart.

With not even a full season of games under his belt, it seemed as if his opportunity to establish himself as "the guy" in Washington was over.

October 8, 2020

A report from The Washington Post's Les Carpenter states that Haskins' poor study and practice habits impacted the decision to bench him. 

October 13, 2020

Following Haskins' benching, the assumption was made that a trade could be the next step. Given the proximity to the trade deadline and the fact that there was a chance some teams could be willing to take a flyer on a young quarterback, a move was not out of the question.

Yet, a week after the benching, it was reported that no teams had reached out with any interest

October 14, 2020

Shortly after, it is reported that Haskins is not seeking a trade either

Head coach Ron Rivera also states that the benching did not signify that he was giving up on the young quarterback

October 15, 2020

Feeding into that notion, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports that Ron Rivera is not interested in trading Haskins and there is a chance that the quarterback could play again in late 2020 or during the 2021 season. 

October 23, 2020

Haskins is fined by the team for violing COVID-19 protocols. It is reported that the quarterback tried to make a reservation for a family friend at Washington's team hotel prior to their Week 6 matchup with the New York Giants. 

October 28, 2020

While trade talks had not made any progress, a new report notes that an eventual trade between Haskins and Washington is viewed as "inevitable." With the trade deadline approaching, some believed Haskins' days with his first team were numbered. 

November 3, 2020

The trade deadline comes and goes and Haskins remains in Washington.

December 13, 2020

After Alex Smith was unable to return to a Week 14 game against the 49ers, Haskins was called upon to play under center in the second half. While the quarterback threw for just around 50 yards, he was able to command the offense just enough to allow Washington to escape with a win.

December 20, 2020

With Smith still hampered by a calf injury, Haskins makes his first start since Week 4 against the Seahawks. A slow start that included two interceptions dug Washington into a hole. Though the quarterback played better in the second half, it was not enough to pull off the late-game comeback. 

 

December 22, 2020

After concerning photos of him partying mask-less surfaced, Haskins apologized for his actions on Twitter. A clear violation of COVID-19 protocols, it was Haskins second offense of the season.

A report stated that Washington had no plans of releasing Haskins despite his actions.

December 23, 2020

The second-year quarterback was stripped of his captaincy and fined $40,000 for his actions that violated COVID-19 protocols. After speaking with Rivera and his teammates, Haskins noted that he would begin working to earn his team's trust back.

December 27, 2020

Due to Smith not being able to play once again, Haskins earns his second straight start. With a chance to redeem himself and bring Washington into the playoffs against the Carolina Panthers, things do not go well.

The quarterback struggled to do much on offense, turned the ball over three times and was eventually benched in favor of Taylor Heinicke.

Following the contest, Haskins' demeanor was at an all-time low, with the quarterback stating it was the "hardest week" of his life. 

December 28, 2020

The Dwayne Haskins' era in Washington comes to an end, with the quarterback being released. Less than two years since joining the team, another first round pick in Washington did not pan out.