What Ron Rivera actually said about Dwayne Haskins' development — WFT notebook

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Any fan of the Washington Football Team exclusively reading headlines or tweets about Ron Rivera's latest thoughts on Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins will unnecessarily cause themselves heartburn or agita, not to mention confusion.

While Rivera made it clear he is happy with sophomore Dwayne Haskins, who is the favorite to start for the NFC East club, he has been impressed with Smith's work in practice. In the process, Rivera mentioned that Smith probably "already knows 75 percent of our playbook".

Alex Smith has made significant, impressive progress while recovering from the horrific leg injury he suffered in 2018, one that almost cost him his life. "It's been exciting to watch his progression. He's looked really fluid, he really has".

"The big thing is if he can do the things that we need him to do that he needs to do to help himself on the football field, he'll be part of the conversation most definitely", Rivera said, via USA Today.

Rivera said Smith "went through all four workout days and had no residual effect" in his leg as a result of that activity. "It's a matter of: Can he do the movements he needs to do?"

Given Smith's body of work in the National Football League, his grasp of the offense is less of a question than his ability to handle the job physically and protect himself when things break down around him in the pocket. He's going to have to escape.

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