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.