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Redskins Players Hint At Week 9 Starting Quarterback

Jay Gruden watches Dwayne Haskins throw.

RICHMOND, VA - JULY 26: Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins speaks with Dwayne Haskins #7 during training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on July 26, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

This has been a season to forget for fans in the nation's capital. The team is sitting on one winner, head coach Jay Gruden has already been fired, and the team has been dealing with a quarterback carousel throughout the season. We may be approaching the time in which first-round pick Dwayne Haskins receives his first start.

The former Ohio State star went No. 15 overall in the spring's NFL Draft, and is viewed as the quarterback of the future, especially in light of last season's devastating Alex Smith injury. He hasn't come along quite as quickly as other recent first round quarterbacks, though.

Entering the season, he lagged behind veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. Washington's system under Gruden is notoriously difficult for quarterbacks to pick up quickly, even for veterans like Keenum. He's also struggled in his two appearances this season thus far.

Dwayne Haskins is 12-of-22 on the year, for 140 yards and four interceptions. He played a decent amount in the 24-3 loss to the New York Giants, and briefly in the team's 19-9 loss at the Minnesota Vikings.

Earlier this week, word came out that it Haskins could start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. According to Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan, a number of his teammates indicated as much as well.

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Earlier this week, interim head coach Bill Callahan said that Haskins had looked more sharp during practice as of late. At some point, he's going to be given a shot to start, and with the team's postseason aspirations long gone, it does make some sense for the team to see what it has.

At the same time, this could be a very tough first start. The 5-2 Bills have one of the top defenses in the NFL this season.

The two sides kick off at New Era Field in Buffalo at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.