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On Dwayne Haskins' birthday, where were other NFL quarterbacks when they turned 23?

On Dwayne Haskins' birthday, where were other NFL quarterbacks when they turned 23?

Congratulations to Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who turned 23 years old on Sunday. Haskins is set to begin his sophomore NFL season as Washington's starter at the position, an impressive feat for someone that young.

To get an idea of what we might expect from him in Year 2, and also to get a sense of just how much can change in the course of a young NFL career, we took a look at every NFL quarterback who was at least 24 last season and made 14 starts - plus a few veterans who missed the cut for injury reasons - to see where the NFL's best stood on their 23rd birthdays, too.

Lamar Jackson (Jan. 7, 2020) / Patrick Mahomes (Sept. 17, 2018): Jackson and Mahomes are young enough that it seems strange to look back on them turning 23. That was less than five months ago for Jackson. But they deserve their own category considering both have already won NFL MVPs at such a young age and Mahomes is a Super Bowl champ. This isn't a fair comparison for Haskins. 

Drew Brees (Jan. 15, 2002): Turned 23 just after his first season as a starter for the then-San Diego Chargers, who started 6-1 but missed the playoffs that year. Brees threw 16 INTs to just 17 TDs and was a long way from New Orleans. 

Tom Brady (Aug. 3, 2000): Celebrated No. 23 during his first training camp with the Patriots as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. The winningest QB of all time threw three passes as a rookie and was almost 14 months from his first NFL start on Sept. 30, 2001. 

Aaron Rodgers (Dec. 2, 2006): Had appeared in just five NFL games when he turned 23. Rodgers would spend the entire next season still waiting for Brett Favre to retire before getting his chance to play and becoming one of the best ever.

Ben Roethlisberger (March 2, 2005): The future two-time Super Bowl champ had finished a remarkable rookie season just six weeks before his 23rd birthday when the Steelers lost to the Patriots in the AFC title game.

Philip Rivers (Dec. 8, 2004): The No. 4 pick in the 2004 draft was biding his time behind Brees in San Diego when he turned 23. Rivers played in two games as a rookie that year, the start of 16 seasons with the organization. 

Matt Ryan (May 17, 2008): One month after being drafted by the Falcons with the No. 3 pick. Ryan was coming off a stellar career at Boston College where he finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2007.

Matthew Stafford (Feb. 7, 2011): Two full seasons into his NFL career, Stafford had started just 13 games since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Detroit Lions, throwing 19 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. 

Kirk Cousins (August 19, 2011): Had yet to even begin his senior year of college at Michigan State. Coming off a junior season in which he completed 66.9% of his passes and threw for 8.4 yard-per-attempt. 

Russell Wilson (Nov. 29, 2011): A few days removed from a 45-7 blowout victory...over Penn State. Wilson was still several weeks away from playing in the Rose Bowl and several months away from being drafted in the third round by the Seahawks.

Derek Carr (March 28, 2014): Five months away from his NFL debut, Carr was still a month away from being drafted by the Raiders when he turned 23.

Jimmy Garoppolo (Nov. 2, 2014): Had come off the bench to appear in three games during his rookie season when his 23rd birthday hit, completing 9 of 10 passes and tossing one touchdown for the Patriots.

 

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Jacoby Brissett (Dec. 11, 2015): Still with one college game left to go, appearing in the Belk Bowl as a senior QB at N.C. State a few weeks after turning 23.

Dak Prescott (July 29, 2016): Drafted by the Cowboys already, but still several weeks away from making his NFL debut when he turned 23. Prescott was coming off a senior season at Mississippi State where he threw 29 TD passes and 5 picks.

Jameis Winston (Jan. 6, 2017): Winston had just finished his second season in Tampa Bay with a 15-17 record after starting every game since being drafted. Had thrown 50 touchdown passes to 33 interceptions and was completing 59.6% of his passes.

Jared Goff (Oct. 14, 2017): In his first season under the tutelage of former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay, Goff was in the process of bouncing back from a terrible rookie campaign. He was completing 61% of his passes and had thrown seven TDs and three INTs.

Baker Mayfield (April 14, 2018): Mayfield was 12 days away from being selected with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Browns coming off a record-setting college season at Oklahoma.

Deshaun Watson (Sep. 14, 2018):  Turned 23 years old 10 games into his second season with the Texans and Watson already looked like a star with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

So, what does this say about what is to come for Haskins? Not much. Some of the best in the game were already making an impact at 23, while others were still years away. Though the Redskins will hope to see a big leap from the second-year quarterback in 2020, this list shows that he still has plenty of time to grow. 

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

As Washington running back Adrian Peterson enters his 14th NFL season, he sits just 4,139 yards away from Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing yards mark of 18,355.

For Peterson, who has put together one of the best careers at the position ever and currently ranks fifth on the list, surpassing Smith has been something he's chased since he first stepped foot in the league in 2007.

‘Obviously that’s one of my goals that I set for myself when I entered into the NFL was to be able to pass the GOAT," Peterson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

Now just over 4,000 yards away, the goal is in Peterson's sights. But the 35-year old veteran is not only trying to catch Smith, but outlast "Father Time" as well. Though the 2012 MVP has shown no signs of slowing down over the past two seasons in Washington, the yardage total he needs equals about four more grueling seasons of football that would push him near the age of 40.

As challenging as that may be, Peterson expects to get there. He's already explained that he wants to play four more seasons, and though his body will call the shots, he's feeling healthy and fresh entering the 2020 campaign. 

“My body is feeling good. I look forward to playing a couple more years, three to four more years, who knows," Peterson said. "Depends on how my body is feeling, because it talks to me.”

He also didn't realize that he was only 4,139 yards from the record. To him, that makes the task even more plausible.

“I didn’t know it was that close. 4,000, that sounds a lot better than 6,000 or 5,000," Peterson said. "We’ll see what happens, I’ll put my best foot forward to reach it I promise you that.”

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While passing Smith is surely something Peterson will take note of as he continues to suit up each Sunday, his desire to continue playing the sport doesn't come from personal achievements.

Throughout his illustrious career, he's consistently collected personal accolades that demonstrate just how successful he's been. But, one thing that has eluded Peterson is team achievements. In 13 seasons, he's still yet to reach a Super Bowl. As he continues to show age is just a number, it's the ring that he really wants. Smith's rushing record would just be the icing on the cake.

“That’s not really my ultimate goal, it’s one of my top goals," Peterson said. "Win a championship is the one that I’m chasing the most.”

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