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Washington names Dwayne Haskins their starting quarterback against Buffalo Bills

The rookie gets his first start

NFL: Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday afternoon, Washington’s interim head coach Bill Callahan named rookie Dwayne Haskins the starting quarterback for the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.

It won’t be his first action this season, as Haskins has played in two games already, but it will be the first start of his NFL career. Haskins previously appeared in games against the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. In those two showings he went a combined 12 for 22 for 140 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Haskins was drafted 15th overall by Washington in the 2019 NFL Draft, making him the third quarterback selected behind Kyler Murray and, now division rival, Daniel Jones. Haskins left Ohio State after his redshirt sophomore season. In his last season with the Buckeyes he “set” single-season Ohio State and Big Ten passing yards and touchdown records and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

After two sub-par performances the Bills’ defense will be champing at the bit to right the ship against a rookie who has looked less than stellar in his first few appearances.