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If the past 10 years mean anything, expect to see Dwayne Haskins quickly become the Redskins' starter

If the past 10 years mean anything, expect to see Dwayne Haskins quickly become the Redskins' starter

Dwayne Haskins is a Redskins quarterback. Now, the question everyone who follows the franchise is asking is: When will Dwayne Haskins become the Redskins' starting quarterback?

Washington, if they choose to, doesn't necessarily need to rush its first-round selection. Case Keenum has started 30 times over the past two seasons and eight-year vet Colt McCoy is on the roster, too.

However, recent history suggests that Haskins will become QB1 at some point as a rookie — and likely much sooner rather than later. 

23 passers have gone in the top half of the first round of the past 10 NFL drafts, like Haskins did this past April. But when did those franchises first turn to their prized, young prospects?

Here are the key takeaways from looking at that group's experiences and comparing when each got their chance to initially take over under center full-time (for a QB-by-QB breakdown, head to the bottom of the story): 

1) If you take every QB's first opportunity to be starter and assign it a number value based on the game in which that opportunity happened (opening day starter equates to 1, someone who began starting in Week 4 equates to 4, etc.) then average those numbers together, you'll get 3.56. That means these 23 guys, on average, took over approximately three or four games in.

2) 12 out of the 23 started right away, while Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen took over midway through the first game. So, basically, 14 out of 23 were at the top of the depth chart from the beginning.

3) Just two out of the 23 — Jake Locker and Patrick Mahomes — waited a full season to assume the starting spot due to Alex Smith and Matt Hasselbeck's performance ahead of them.

So, there are numbers from the last decade that suggest Haskins is going to get his shot and get it very soon. And those numbers, while pretty eye-opening, make sense.

If you're drafting a passer high in Round 1, it's because your current collection of talent is either non-existent or very thin. Therefore, that passer will either walk into the Week 1 job, earn the Week 1 job in the offseason or have the job handed to them quickly because the options in front of them struggle.

Does that sound like a certain Burgundy and Gold-colored situation? Of course it does.

Haskins is here because the organization knows, while it could get by in 2019 with Keenum and McCoy, they aren't the permanent solutions. There's also the chance coaches learn in the summer Haskins is both the solution for 2019 and beyond.

Add in the facts that the Redskins' schedule may lend itself to an ugly record through five matchups plus this team is desperate for any reason to get excited, and it becomes easier to envision Haskins leading this offense well before the weather gets cold.

Perhaps the truly best course is to ease a quarterback into the NFL waters. Yet there's at least a decade's worth of data that points to how that's no longer a route many take.

The Redskins made a splash by acquiring Haskins with the 15th pick in Nashville. Be ready for them to see if he can sink or swim early. 

Here's the QB-by-QB look at the 23 top-half first-rounders since 2009 and when they first were given the starting gig.

2009

  • Matt Stafford (1st overall, opening day starter)
  • Mark Sanchez (5th overall, opening day starter)

2010

  • Sam Bradford (1st overall, opening day starter)

2011

  • Cam Newton (1st overall, opening day starter)
  • Jake Locker (8th overall, became full-time starter Week 1 of following year)
  • Blaine Gabbert (10th overall, starter beginning in Week 3)
  • Christian Ponder (12th overall, starter beginning in Week 6)

2012

  • Andrew Luck (1st overall, opening day starter)
  • Robert Griffin III (2nd overall, opening day starter)
  • Ryan Tannehill (8th overall, opening day starter)

2013

  • EJ Manuel (16th overall, opening day starter) 

2014 

  • Blake Bortles (3rd overall, starter beginning in Week 4)

2015

  • Jameis Winston (1st overall, opening day starter)
  • Marcus Mariota (2nd overall, opening day starter) 

2016

  • Jared Goff  (starter beginning in Week 11, which was the team's 10th game due to their bye)
  • Carson Wentz (2nd overall, opening day starter)

2017

  • Mitch Trubisky (2nd overall, starter beginning in Week 5)
  • Patrick Mahomes (10th overall, became full-time starter Week 1 of the following year)
  • Deshaun Watson (12th overall, became starter midway through Week 1)

2018

  • Baker Mayfield (1st overall, became starter midway through Week 3)
  • Sam Darnold (3rd overall, opening day starter)
  • Josh Allen (7th overall, became starter midway through Week 1)
  • Josh Rosen (10th overall, starter beginning in Week 4)

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This incredible Chase Young jersey swap lit up Redskins Twitter. Here's how it was made

This incredible Chase Young jersey swap lit up Redskins Twitter. Here's how it was made

On Sunday, 17-year-old Thacher Groe tweeted a jersey swap featuring Chase Young in a Redskins uniform that immediately caught the attention of countless Washington fans. That's an idea that plenty of graphic designers and Photoshoppers have executed before him, of course, but the reason his stood out is, well, because it's absolutely tremendous. 

The final image is so remarkable, in fact, you almost have to remind yourself that it isn't real, and that Young isn't a member of the Burgundy and Gold yet.

Before getting to how Groe pulled the edit off, though, it's time for you to see it (and then stare at it, which is an inevitable response):

"This jersey swap took me around 6 hours to complete," he said after his post blew up. "This isn’t how long they usually take, but when I choose up-close images of players, I like to spend extra time on the little details such as reflections and stitching."

The only person with a higher approval rating among Redskins supporters than Groe is Ron Rivera. Users called him "brilliant" and dubbed him "elite." 

According to Groe, many people take on this kind of project by cutting out a jersey from a current player and then pasting that on the new one. That's the easier method.

He, on the other hand, prefers to "work on changing the colors and working with what already is there." That approach is much more involving, but it also produces masterpieces like the Young picture and this Cam Newton photo:

Together, those two creations have helped Groe double his social media following. 

"I think the combination of people loving jersey swaps as well as everyone being huddled up indoors on our phones were the perfect conditions for my sudden growth," he said.

The most difficult part of the project, Groe explained, was modifying the pass rusher's gloves. Turning them into Redskins gear "may be the hardest thing" he's ever done in four years of working with Photoshop. 

"Tedious," he said. "But definitely worth it."

The not-even-college-student got into graphic design after being hooked by the way the Madden displayed art for players and hopes to continue the passion well beyond school. No matter what his future holds, though, he's already achieved one miraculous thing in his career. 

He made a Redskins player look good in number 92. 

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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