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How did Dwayne Haskins' NFL debut compare with other Redskins draft picks?

How did Dwayne Haskins' NFL debut compare with other Redskins draft picks?

Following an ugly loss to the Bears on Monday Night Football last week, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden emphasized that veteran Case Keenum would continue to be the team's starting quarterback moving forward. A day later, he echoed those statements in his Tuesday conference call. 

Just five days later, after a quarter and a half of a slightly-injured and ineffective Keenum vs. the New York Giants, Gruden made a change. The sixth-year head coach opted to pull Keenum and play his first-round rookie, Dwayne Haskins. 

Haskins' first drive resulted in a Redskins' field goal, but the rookie missed an open Vernon Davis for what would've been a touchdown. The Ohio State product played the remainder of the game, but was largely ineffective. He completed 9-of-17 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions, two of which were definitely his responsibility.

Ever since the Redskins drafted Haskins, they have preached patience. The No. 15 overall pick from the 2019 draft started just 14 games in college, and Gruden has said multiple times he did not feel the rookie was ready just yet.

Regardless, Gruden threw the rookie into the fire, with Washington down three of their top offensive lineman.

So how does Haskins NFL debut compare to other Redskins quarterback draft picks who started a game for the Burgundy and Gold? Let's take a look at the six most recent, going back to 1990 in reverse-chronological order.

Kirk Cousins

Selection: 2012 NFL Draft, Round 4, Pick 102
NFL Debut: 2012, Week 5

The selection of Cousins came at a surprise to many, especially since Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick in the same draft. With Griffin named the starter, Cousins won the backup role over Rex Grossman as a rookie. 

The Michigan State product made his NFL debut in Week 5 of the 2012 season, after Griffin was sidelined with a concussion. Cousins completed 5-9 passes for 111 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in relief. The Redskins fell to the Falcons, 24-17.

Robert Griffin III

Selection: 2012 NFL Draft, Round 1, Pick 2
NFL Debut: 2012, Week 1

Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, the Redskins traded a king's ransom to trade up to the No. 2 overall pick to select the former Heisman Trophy winner. In his NFL Debut, RG3 did not disappoint.

Washington upset the Saints in the Superdome, 40-32, as Griffin passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Griffin went on to win the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year award while leading the Redskins to an NFC East division title.

Jason Campbell

Selection: 2005 NFL Draft, Round 1, Pick 25
NFL Debut: 2006, Week 11

It took over a year and a half from his draft selection for Campbell to see the field, as he sat his entire rookie season behind Mark Brunnell and Patrick Ramsey.

But midway through 2006, Campbell was named the starter. The Redskins fell in his debut to Tampa Bay, 20-17, but Campbell was praised for his performance. He completed 19-34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, with zero interceptions.

Patrick Ramsey

Selection: 2002 NFL Draft, Round 1, Pick 32
NFL Debut: 2002, Week 5

It didn't take long for Ramsey to get his first NFL action. In Week 5 of the 2002 season, Ramsey started for Washington in a 31-14 rout over the Tennessee Titans.

Ramsey completed 20-34 passes for 268 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Unfortunately, the success did not last long for Ramsey. He went on to lose his next sixth starts, and never really established a hold on the starting spot. 

Gus Frerotte

Selection: 1994 NFL Draft, Round 7, Pick 197
NFL Debut: 1994, Week 8

Like the Griffin III-Cousins situation, Frerotte was drafted as insurance to Health Shuler, who the Redskins selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the same draft.

But Shuler was terrible for the Burgundy and Gold, and Frerotte was thrust into the starting lineup in Week 8. He led Washington to 41 points in a victory over the Colts, throwing for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

The following season, Frerotte was named the starting QB, and held on to the job until 1998.

Heath Shuler

Selection: 1994 NFL Draft, Round 1, Pick 3
NFL Debut: 1994, Week 1

Shuler was expected to be the Redskins franchise QB of the future, but that idea ended almost as quickly as it started. In his debut, Shuler completed just three passes for 14 yards before exiting the game with injury. The Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 28-7. 

He lost his first five starts as the Redskins, and lost the starting job to Frerotte the following season. 


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Ron Rivera sees releasing Josh Norman as an opportunity for Redskins to get younger

Ron Rivera sees releasing Josh Norman as an opportunity for Redskins to get younger

On Friday the Redskins released veteran cornerback Josh Norman, and on Saturday head coach Ron Rivera explained that the decision allowed the team to get younger at a key position. 

"The big thing is it's an opportunity for us to get younger. Josh is a veteran guy and again, just looking at the young guys that we have, we got to get these guys on the football field and more exposed," Rivera said. 

Rivera spoke to reporters at a charity event in Charlotte, and while everything he said is true, it's also not the full story. Yes, Norman just turned 32 in December, but Washington's decision to cut him was not solely about age. 

Norman was set to make $15 million in 2020, and the team will save $12.5 million on the salary cap by letting him go. And his level of play no longer validated the hefty price tag and probably hasn't for the last two seasons. Norman finished the 2019 season on the bench and only played in rare situations when the other active cornerbacks were hurt. 

As for a youth movement at cornerback, it's coming, ready or not. Quinton Dunbar is in the last year of his deal and will be 28 when the season starts. Fabian Moreau will be in the last year of his rookie deal and will be 26 when the season starts. Jimmy Moreland had an up and down rookie year in 2019 and will be 25 when the season starts this fall. 

Some NFL sources also expect the Redskins to be quite active in free agency, particularly at the cornerback spot. Two names to watch are unrestricted free agents James Bradberry and Bashaud Breeland. Bradberry played for Rivera in Carolina while Breeland nearly signed with the Panthers as a free agent in 2018 before a foot injury voided his contract. 

So sure, the Redskins released Norman in part of an effort to get a younger roster. But there was plenty more involved, Rivera just decided to take the high road with his public comments. 

NOTES: Rivera also got asked about taking the Redskins job earlier this offseason: "It's going well. It's a little bit of a transition obviously as well. It's an opportunity to change things and kind of put things in the way we want to have them done. "

The coach also got asked about the difference between coaching in Charlotte and coaching in D.C. "The area is huge. Compared to here there's a lot of people," Rivera said. "It's very loud. All the restaurants are very loud." True words. 

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How much do people love Ron Rivera? Watch this video from Charlotte

How much do people love Ron Rivera? Watch this video from Charlotte

Panthers owner David Tepper fired head coach Ron Rivera after Week 12 of the 2019 season. Usually an in-season firing means that fans have turned on the coach amid a lost season.

In Carolina, that wasn't exactly the case.

When Rivera was fired, he and his wife Stephanie took out a full-page ad in The Charlotte Observer to thank a number of people and show gratitude for his nine years as head coach of the Panthers. That's unusual.

It seems that many Panthers fans were waiting to get their opportunity to thank Rivera, and on Saturday, it came.

Hundreds of Carolina fans showed up in Charlotte to say goodbye to Rivera as well as raise money for the Charlotte Humane Society. Why? Rivera decided to hold a yard sale of sorts, selling much of his Panthers gear, signed shirts and memorabilia going to the Humane Society. The event raised more than $30,000. 

The whole idea is admirable, and it appears from social media that the execution was a hit. 

Rivera's relationship with Redskins fans is just beginning, but if the crowd in Charlotte is any indication, it should be a fun ride. Winning helps too, and for most of his nine seasons in Carolina the Panthers won. That will build goodwill with any fan base, and in Washington, fans are desperate for some playoff football. 

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