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Washington releases 2019 1st-round pick Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins, Week 15
Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 15:41:36-05

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. -- Washington has released 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins the day after he committed three turnovers in a loss to Carolina.

Haskins started in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith despite being disciplined for violating COVID-19 protocols by partying with several people without a mask.

Haskins was 14 of 28 with two interceptions and a fumble against the Panthers before being benched for Taylor Heinicke.

Haskins was 1-5 as the starter this season.

Coach Ron Rivera earlier Monday said either Smith or Heinicke would start the regular-season finale at Philadelphia with the NFC East title on the line.

Washington's previous regime drafted Haskins 15th overall last year.

Haskins released a statement on his Twitter account following his release.

"My time with the WFT has unfortunately come to an end," he wrote. "I thank the team and fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for. I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB and will become a better man and players because of this experience.”