ASHBURN, Va. – Dwayne Haskins' time has come.
Washington on Monday named Haskins its starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The 15th overall draft pick takes over with Washington 1-8 and the New York Jets (2-7) up next Sunday.
“We've got a lot of confidence in Dwayne,” interim coach Bill Callahan said. “He's worked hard, he's smart, he studies, he prepares, so this will be a great opportunity for him going forward.”
Haskins is 27 of 44 for 284 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions in three appearances – two in relief and a start Nov. 3 at Buffalo.
“It helps to have a full week of preparation where you're the starter,” second-year receiver Trey Quinn said. “I'm looking forward to seeing him grow because he's a talent. He's definitely a talent, so sky's the limit right now for him. It's just up to him to take the extra time and learn on his own.”
Previous coach Jay Gruden and Callahan had been reluctant to hand the reins over to Haskins because he looked like a long-term project. Case Keenum started seven of the first eight games and Colt McCoy the other.
Ex-Lions receiver Rogers, 38, dies
Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers died at the age of 38. Marshall Thomas, Rogers' former basketball coach at Saginaw High School in Michigan, told MLive.com that Rogers died Monday of liver failure and also had cancer.
At Michigan State, Rogers was an All-American wide receiver who had 135 receptions for 2,821 yards in two seasons. He was the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He scored twice in his NFL debut but suffered a broken collarbone that ended his rookie season and he suffered the same injury a year later. Rogers failed a drug test in 2005 and was cut entering the next season.
He had 36 career receptions for 440 yards receiving and four touchdowns in 15 NFL games. Rogers is Michigan State's all-time leader in touchdown catches with 27.
Chris Herndon's tough second season with the Jets took another frustrating turn; the tight end will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken rib suffered in his season debut Sunday. Herndon was suspended the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and sidelined four more with a hamstring injury. ... Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said wide receiver Antonio Callaway's benching was a one-game punishment, but Kitchens didn't divulge the reason. Callaway had been suspended four games earlier this season by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy. ... Denver is bringing rookie quarterback Drew Lock back to practice today to see if he's going to be able to play this season. The second-round draft pick from Missouri went on IR after spraining his right thumb Aug. 19 in preseason.