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Ron Rivera: Washington had 'big conversation' about trading up to draft a QB

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5/3/2021 5:06:37 PM
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The Washington Football Team no longer has a young, highly drafted quarterback to groom as a franchise signal-caller. Savvy veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to start with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen battling for backup duties in 2021. The long-term plan remains a question mark, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Sitting with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2021 draft and watching quarterbacks Justin Fields and Mac Jones fall out of the top 10, Washington could have tried to make a move up the draft board. Instead, it stuck pat and selected athletic linebacker Jamin Davis, after the two signal-callers were snapped up before WFT was on the clock.

Washington coach Ron Rivera joined NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Monday in the aftermath of the draft. He said that while there were discussions about potentially trading up for a QB, the club didn't want to part with the assets it would have taken to leap up the board.

"It was a big conversation we had, talking about the quarterback position, talking about the young men that we really liked a lot, but we also talked about an opportunity to solidify some other things, and if we dealt too much draft capital, we'd lose that opportunity," Rivera said. "We just thought, maybe if we slip to the right number, we could go ahead and do it. So there was a conversation. But we really felt strongly about just holding and just trying to fill the rest of the needs."

With Fitzpatrick on a one-year deal and inexperience behind him, Washington's future under center remains a question. It's not one that Rivera sounds worried about answering now. The coach is comfortable playing out the season with his QBs. Then Washington can consider its options moving forward next year.

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