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In the few weeks since the Redskins traded a fifth-round pick to Carolina for quarterback Kyle Allen, plenty has been made about a possible training camp battle with Dwayne Haskins. 

The Redskins drafted Haskins 15th overall last year, but that was the old regime, and new Washington head coach Ron Rivera actually won games with Allen at the helm last year with the Panthers. 

For some, like former Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the situation could be too much for Haskins to handle and Allen will win the job. 

For others, like former Redskins tight end and radio broadcaster Chris Cooley, there won't be any competition. 

"I'm not concerned about who’s the starting quarterback. Dwayne Haskins is the starting quarterback. I'm nearly sure of that," Cooley said last week. "I'm also nearly sure that there won’t be competition, that it will be Dwayne Haskins' job from the start. I feel pretty confident saying that."

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Cooley's comments came via The Kevin Sheehan Podcast and he indicated that it makes sense to bring Allen to Washington as a "safety blanket" to backup Haskins with a deep knowledge of the new Redskins offense. After all, Allen played under new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner last year in Carolina and that will be Washington's scheme this fall. 

 

"I don’t think Kyle Allen is an answer as the starting quarterback. I watched Kyle Allen play a few games last year, I watched it on film before we played them. Everybody watched Kyle Allen’s absolute meltdown against the Redskins defense," Cooley said. "Dwayne’s a better player than Kyle Allen."

The book on Allen is tough to read. He began hot last year in Carolina, winning five of his first six starts for the Panthers, throwing nine touchdowns against four interceptions. As the season wore on, however, he struggled. Allen's last five starts saw the quarterback turn the ball over 10 times (8 INTs and two fumbles) and his accuracy dwindled. Haskins' play was almost the total opposite in 2019. The rookie started awful but progressed throughout the year before two really strong starts to end the season. 

It's important to note that just because Cooley fully expects Haskins to be the Redskins starter in 2020, it doesn't mean those expectations are particularly high.

"I'm not convinced on Dwayne Haskins," Cooley said. "I certainly didn’t see him as a first-rounder. I'm not sure he’s going to be one of the top 15 quarterbacks in the league. That said, as he develops he’s got a chance to start for a long time."

Well, Haskins can't start for a long time if he doesn't start this year. Cooley is confident that will be the case, and whatever happens after that will be largely up to Haskins. 

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