WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Neither Kirk Cousins or Derrius Guice suited up for the Redskins last season, facts Redskins fans want to forget for two different reasons. But the face of recent Redskins past and the present face of the Redskins future were both in the nation's capital Friday night, sporting colors unfamiliar to fans of the Burgundy & Gold.
Cousins was back in town to support his green and white Michigan State Spartans, the No. 2 seed in the East Regional, against the Guice's purple and gold LSU Tigers, the No. 3 seed.
Guice missed the entirety of his rookie season with the Redskins following a knee injury suffered in the preseason. Cousins, of course, departed Washington, D.C. after a series of franchise tags and good-but-not great seasons under center.
The NCAA Tournament has a funny way of bringing people together in the name of survive-and-advance madness. Well, maybe not all people. Redskins fans are probably rooting for Guice's Tigers.
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Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.
The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan.
In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.
On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.
At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond.
The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.
Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins.
Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town.
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It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants.
That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.
While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
- Washington Redskins (1-8)
- New York Giants (2-8)
- Miami Dolphins (2-7)
- New York Jets (2-7)
- Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
- Cleveland Browns (3-6)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
- Denver Broncos (3-6)
- Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)
Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio.
Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade.
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