“Riverboat Ron” is upping the training camp stakes for Dwayne Haskins.
Redskins head coach Ron Rivera told WFNZ’s “The Clubhouse” on Wednesday that the team is “going into camp believing” Haskins will be the starter over recently acquired Kyle Allen come Week 1, but he’s going to make the second-year quarterback work for it first.
“They’re going to compete,” Rivera said. “We really like what we have in terms of our young quarterbacks. Kyle is also a young guy who has a live arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I’m excited about what the potential could be.”
The 22-year-old Ohio State product was drafted by the Redskins 15th overall less than a year ago and already finds his job on the line. He began the 2019 season behind Case Keenum, but eventually replaced him after poor performance and injuries. Over nine games, Haskins accrued 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and had a 58.6 completion percentage.
The Redskins acquired the 24-year-old Allen on Tuesday from the Panthers for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Rivera overlapped with the undrafted free agent in Carolina for the 2018 season and part of the 2019 season before Rivera was fired on Dec. 3.
With an ailing Cam Newton sidelined just two weeks into the 2019 season, Allen stepped in and won his first four games. Things quickly soured, however, and he lost eight of his nine final appearances, tossing 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in that span.
Rivera denies any interest in bringing the recently released Newton to the Redskins and speaks optimistically of Allen and his role in the Redskins’ offense.
“Kyle fits what we do. He understands our system,” he said. “Scott Turner is our offensive coordinator, and we’re using the system we basically had in place for nine seasons.”