Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Tuesday that newly-acquired QB Kyle Allen could have a “leg-up” on incumbent QB Dwayne Haskins given his familiarity with the coaching staff and how teams are having to operate in the current league landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Sports Illustrated)
The Redskins sent a fifth-round pick to Carolina in exchange for Allen a few weeks ago. Allen’s QB coach with the Panthers the past two seasons, Scott Turner, is now the offensive coordinator for the Redskins. Given the uncertainty that surrounds how and when the league will start up again mixed with the fact that Allen understands the offense that is going to be implemented in Washington definitely gives him an advantage over Haskins to start the season. Even if Haskins ends up beating out Allen for the starting job, Rivera has all the confidence in the world in Allen, describing him as “a guy that can be very competitive for us; that’s gonna come in and compete and push Dwayne.” Neither Allen or Haskins is recommended in 1-QB leagues, but could be fringe starters in 2-QB leagues if either of them can become the clear-cut starter on a weekly basis.