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Washington will start Kyle Allen against the Rams, Haskins benched

The former first-round pick just took a steep fall on the depth chart.

Baltimore Ravens v Washington Football Team Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Early Wednesday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Washington Football Team has made a big change at the quarterback position ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Rams. Instead of trotting out their 2019 first-round pick in Dwayne Haskins, Washington has elected to start Kyle Allen, who also played for Rivera in his final year with the Carolina Panthers.

In even more surprising news, Alex Smith will serve as the team’s primary backup to Allen during Sunday’s game, which means Haskins will be relegated to third-string duties and may not even be active this weekend.

Through four games, Haskins has thrown for 939 yards and four touchdowns to three interceptions. He’s also rushed for 30 additional yards and another score.

In 2019, Allen played in 13 games while making 12 starts. He finished the season with 3,322 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while finishing with a starting record of 5-7.