WASHINGTON, D.C. – Everything is going wrong in 2020. We are going through things like Coronavirus and murder hornets. Things aren’t looking good at all this year. However, it’s time to look forward to positive things like another NFL season and a miracle to go along with that. Washington Football Team’s quarterback Alex Smith is back from a devastating broken leg in 2018 that nearly put an end to his prestigious career.
We’ve seen how easily football careers can end because of devastating injuries. Former Ohio State Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier for example may never play again.
Smith, the 36-year-old quarterback, is back at practice. He could start over second year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. He hasn’t played since the injury so coming back to football could be tricky. At the same time, Haskins didn’t look like he was ready. Haskins doesn’t have the edge. Quarterback Kyle Allen played in Ron Rivera’s offense and could be a surprise dark horse to start.
The fact is Smith has the NFL experience to win against Haskins and Allen. Washington should start Smith and not make an issue of it. Smith doesn’t have arm strength to be consistent but he is by far is by the most accurate of the three. If Washington doesn’t start Smith, it would be a nightmare decision. Smith finally passed over 4,000 yards in 2017 so despite his usual 3,000+ passing yard performances, he’s capable over throwing for over 4,000 yards per season. Smith is usually compared to Matt Ryan with the unfriendly “game manager” label but Smith can transform the Washington offense especially with Terry McLaurin at receiver. Adrian Peterson can still be an effective runner so he can take the pressure off of Smith. Not many running backs over 30 years old have it in him but he does. Washington fans will quickly forget the release of often injured Derrius Guice. Smith has an interesting receiver in rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden. Also, third string rookie tight end Thaddeus Moss, son of hall of fame receiver Randy Moss, could be another dynamic receiving option for Smith.
Will Smith pass for over 4,000 yards this season? It’s possible since Washington has more offensive weapons than football fans may realize. Will these offensive weapons be enough to put Smith in the top 10 passing yards conversation? Probably not but Smith has enough strong core players to help Washington win games early and often.