In a shocking turn of events, Washington Redskins landed Kyle Allen as their new quarterback. Some sources were suggesting that the franchise from DC was after Cam Newton, but instead, they ended up with his backup.
The rumors were implying that Washington’s new head coach Ron Rivera who was in charge in Charlotte for almost nine years, planned to take the former MVP and his most trusted player.
Yet, things went in a totally different direction, and Allen is about to land in the USA capital. He was sent to DC in exchange for the fifth-round pick from the upcoming draft. The dilemma for Rivera was whether to keep sophomore Dwayne Haskins as the No.1 QB and develop him along with the rest of the team who is going to be in the reconstruction or to take Newton and make him the starting passer, leaving Haskins on the bench to learn.
In the end, he decided to stick with the youngster as his first option on the QB position, but added a competition which will force Haskins to be more motivated and push him forward during the process of his growth.
Allen has 24 years, and his first two seasons in the NFL were with the Panthers. He entered the league as an undrafted agent, coming out of Houston college, where he spent the last season, after playing for the Texas A&M Aggies in the first two years. Back at the time, the Skins’ new QB, would sit out the entire 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules, which oblige the person who transferred from one college to another to sit out the initial season after his move.
Allen started in 12 games last season, replacing injured Newton whose foot injury ruled him out for Week 3. His start was superb, as Panthers defeated Arizona Cardinals, and after that, won in three more games. However, as time went by, Carolina collapsed, and after four straight victories, in the next eight games, the team lost seven times. Eventually, Allen threw for 3,322 yards, 17 TDs, and 16 interceptions.
He won’t have any problems adjusting to Washington’s offensive system. Besides Rivera, there is one more familiar face among the Redskins, and that is Scott Turner, who was a quarterback coach in Carolina.
The reason why Panthers gave up so easily on Allen was the fact that their new head coach Matt Rhule signed PJ Walker, who became the first XFL player to sign for one NFL team. Rhule and Walker were working together for four years, back at Temple college. The two were doing wonders leading this side to back-to-back seasons with a double-digit number of wins. Walker was the absolute star of that team.
“I’ve been through it with him,” h said about Rule. “I know it does work. I know it takes time. You’ve just got to trust in what he’s saying and believe in what he believes, and eventually, it will turn.”
Now, this meant that Allen would have to fight off the backup spot and maybe fell even deeper on the QB depth chart. At that moment, the Panthers had five quarterbacks, with the note that the No.1 is Teddy Bridgewater who arrived from New Orleans
It can be said that the former Couguars’ QB has what it takes to be a starter one day, but he needs to improve a lot. There is no doubt that his prospects for that are much better with the Redskins than in Carolina. Apart from having Rivera, Allen will have a young QB besides him, who is also under pressure and doesn’t have too much experience.
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