Dwayne Haskins starts in place of Alex Smith for Washington’s Week 16 game against Panthers, according to report

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Washington fullback Dwayne Haskins will make his second straight start on Sunday during the game against the visiting Panthers. according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Alex Smith, who missed the loss to the 49ers last Sunday, is still sidelined with a calf injury. Smith started 4-1 this season as the starting lineup of the football team, while Haskins and his fellow backup Kyle Allen are a combined 2-7 as Washington’s starring quarterback this season.

Washington (6-8) is currently one game ahead of the Cowboys and Giants in the NFC East standings. It will conclude the regular season 2020 next week in Philadelphia against an Eagles team that is currently 1.5 games behind Washington in the East.

It’s been a tough season for Haskins, who was fined $ 40,000 this week and stripped of his captaincy after violating videos of the second-year quarterback on social media. Haskins started the first four games of the season in Washington before recovering from an injury in favor of Allen, who was then replaced by Smith. With the center under Smith, the football team won four consecutive games as they moved to first place in the East. Washington is trying to make the national season for the first time since 2015.

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Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports NFL Insider, reported Sunday that Haskins’ days in Washington are “counted” as the Football Team is expected to separate with Haskins during the off-season. That means Sunday’s game could very well be Haskins’ last start in Washington. In two seasons, the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft set a 3-9 record as an appetizer. He completed just 60.2% of his passions with 12 touches and 12 interceptions.

While Antonio Gibson is expected to play, Haskins will likely be without receiver Terry McLaurin, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Haskins and the rest of Washington’s offense will face a Carolina defense that ranks 20th in the NFL, 18th in passing and chasing, 31st in third efficiency and 27th in efficiency. the red zone.