The Dwayne Haskins-Daniel Jones quarterback debate could rage for a decade in the NFC East Division.
But NFL Network analyst and former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson isn’t comparing the two rookie quarterbacks in 2019. He is comparing Haskins to 38-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Edge to Haskins?
“I know this is disrespect for everybody who loves Eli: Right now, Dwayne Haskins is a better quarterback than Eli Manning,” Burleson said. “Now, pure intelligence, of course you will give Eli the nod. But when it comes to the physical — being able to throw the ball, get the ball to the wide receivers — it’s Dwayne Haskins.”
Maybe let Haskins — who slipped to the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, amid speculation he might have tumbled even further without Redskins owner Daniel Snyder stepping in — throw a NFL pass first?
Or win a starting job first?
Alas, the comments stemmed from a “Good Morning Football” segment debating whether the Giants or Redskins will have more wins in 2019. The Redskins finished third and the Giants fourth in the division in each of the last two seasons, but the differential is as wide as the Redskins’ 14 total wins and the Giants’ eight.
The Giants had an opportunity to draft Haskins as Manning’s successor but passed in favor of Jones with the No. 6 pick in the Draft. Haskins and his father practically begged the Giants to draft him and bring him home to New Jersey, and it was clear the younger Haskins felt snubbed by the Jones pick.
Manning is expected to start for the Giants in Week 1. The Redskins have an open quarterback competition between veteran trade acquisition Case Keenum and Haskins.
“I do feel like if the young Dwayne Haskins is the starter for the Washington Redskins,” Burelson said, “they have a better chance of beating up this division and beating up on this rivalry.”
The once-great Giants-Redskins rivalry could be rejuvenated not only by Haskins-Jones but by brash safety Landon Collins, who wanted to spend his entire career with the Giants.
When he did not receive a free-agent offer, Collins signed a record-setting deal with the Redskins and made it clear he is out for revenge two games per year.
Collins honored his annual commitment to host a charity softball game featuring current and former Giants. Jones played and hit a home run in the game.
“I appreciate Daniel Jones coming out here,” Collins said, “but I feel like we got the best quarterback in the draft.”
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