With three quarterbacks on roster with starting experience in the NFL, first-year coach Ron Rivera has a decision to make this season on who he’ll start under center in Week 1. But don’t call it a quarterback competition just yet.
According to the oddsmakers at SportsLine, Alex Smith’s return to the roster won’t necessitate a need to worry for second-year signal caller Dwayne Haskins, the favorite to retain QB1 snaps this season. Haskins opened at -300 on Wednesday, followed by offseason acquisition Kyle Allen +300 and Smith +1500.
Signed through the 2022 season, Smith hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but is on the roster after a two-year absence following a devastating injury that nearly resulted in a leg amputation. Rivera is anxious to see if Smith is given a solid report medically and is cleared during camp.
“If that happens, I think this is a guy that becomes part of our equation. That’s the truth of the matter,” he said.
Haskins was drafted by Washington with the No. 15 overall pick last spring and went 2-5 as a starter over nine appearances. He completed only 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. With a new regime in town that wasn’t responsible for drafting Haskins, it will be interesting to see if Rivera gives Allen, a quarterback who started for him in Carolina last season, a crack at first-team reps.