Washington head coach Bill Callahan announced today after practice that rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins will make his first career start on Sunday against the Bills, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports. Haskins has appeared in two games on the season, but has completed only 12 of 22 pass attempts with four interceptions and no touchdowns. Callahan will hope getting a chance to start will put Haskins in a better situation to succeed.
Haskins was expected to be one of the top two quarterbacks selected in the draft, but after the Giants surprised many by selecting Daniel Jones out of Duke, Haskins fell to Washington with the 15th overall pick. Since reports have emerged that there was a strong divide in the organization on Haskins as a prospect with ownership favoring the selection.
Many in and around the organization consistently tried to tamper expectations, reiterating a belief that Haskins wasn’t ready for NFL action. However, the two quarterbacks above Haskins, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, have both dealt with their share of struggles and injuries. Currently at 1-7 and clearly one of the three worst teams in the league, it appears Washington has decided to give their young prospect a chance to prove himself.