Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Bills passer Josh Allen have had two entirely different starts to the 2020 season.
Haskins has been both underwhelming and unimpressive for the Washington Football Team, while Allen is off to a fantastic beginning with Buffalo and on a shortlist of early-season MVP candidates.
However, before Allen was one of the league’s most promising young passers, he — like Haskins — was a raw quarterback prospect with a big arm and not a lot of help around him.
After Haskins’ three-interception performance Sunday in Cleveland and overall rough start to 2020, many have begun to wonder if the 15th overall pick is capable of being the franchise quarterback Washington drafted him to be. Head coach Ron Rivera supported Haskins postgame, saying he was going to stick with the 23-year-old, but even he admitted a day later that there is a cutting off point, too.
But for those who already believe it’s time to move on from Haskins in D.C., it’s worth remembering that the quarterback’s outing on Sunday was just his 10th career start. Haskins is still raw and plenty talented, even if he hasn’t shown as much flash as the team would have liked thus far this season.
In fact, if you compare Haskins’ and Allen’s first 10 career starts side by side, it shows that it might be entirely too early to give up on the Washington quarterback.
Dwayne Haskins over his first 10 starts: 11 TDs, 6 INTs, 6.57 yards-per-attempt, 58.2% completion
Josh Allen over his first 10 starts: 7 TDs, 11 INTs, 6.37 yards-per-attempt, 52.3% completion
Allen’s numbers over his first 10 starts were clearly a lot less promising than Haskins’ are. However, there was no talk of the Bills getting ready to move on from their young signal-caller.
Instead, Buffalo decided to build around Allen, rather than quickly search for his replacement.
Last year, they drafted talented running back Devin Singletary and signed deep-threat receiver John Brown. Singletary was one of the league’s best rookies in 2019, while Brown set career highs in receptions and receiving yards.
Entering 2020, Buffalo made the bold decision to trade for star wideout Stefon Diggs, shipping multiple first-round picks to Minnesota. Buffalo has gotten an excellent return on its investment thus far, as the former Maryland star has hauled in 20 receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns in three games.
On the contrary, Washington did little this offseason to help Haskins.
The offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL, and that was even before Brandon Scherff suffered a multi-week knee injury.
The team was unable to land four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper in free agency and failed to bring in any other promising wideouts after that. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin continues to prove he’s a legit No. 1 NFL pass-catcher but the second-year receiver has gotten little help from the rest of his position group, despite a two-TD performance from Dontrelle Inman last week.
Washington made an investment in Haskins by selecting him in the first round two years ago. Buffalo did the same with Allen the year prior when they took him seventh overall.
But the moves each team has made since then have been very different and are likely major reasons as to why Allen is thriving, while Haskins is struggling.
Haskins could still very much end up being the issue in Washington, but there’s also a chance he turns into a solid NFL quarterback. But without serviceable help around him, it’s hard to envision Haskins having an Allen-esque turnaround.