After the Giants switched from veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones, the Redskins did the same move at quarterback in Week 4.
But Washington's decision to swap out veteran Case Keenum for rookie Dwayne Haskins at the 6:35 mark of the second quarter made no difference. Jones outperformed both signal callers Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the Giants (2-2) handled the Redskins (0-4) 24-3.
Keenum completed 6 of 11 passes (54.5 percent) for 37 yards and an interception, following an 0-3 start in which the Redskins' offense has struggled, leading sixth-year head coach Jay Gruden to go with Haskins.
But little changed -- Haskins completed 9 of 17 passes (52.9 percent) for 107 yards and three interceptions, including a 32-yard touchdown return by safety Jabrill Peppers with 1:19 left in the third quarter -- for a inept Redskins offense, giving a struggling Giants defense its much-needed confidence boost.
Jones, meanwhile, overcame two interceptions and completed 23 of 31 passes (74.2 percent) for 225 yards and a six-yard touchdown while adding 33 yards on five rushes.
In the first of possibly many games featuring the two first-round picks from the 2019 NFL draft, the Giants' No. 6 overall choice got the best of the Redskins' 15th overall selection -- one many believed during April would be with Big Blue.
But in his postgame media availability, Haskins -- who grew up in New Jersey by way of Highland Park and indicated that the Giants, among other NFL teams, "messed up" by passing on him -- said he held no grudge.
"I have no hate towards the Giants," Haskins said, according to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media. "Now, if anything, it's more motivation to beat them every year. I'm looking forward to that."
Haskins actually sought out Manning after the game during the midfield handshakes.
"I talked to Eli after the game and I just told him how much I appreciated watching him since I was 8 years old," Haskins said, according to Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media. "I grew up here and lived an hour away from the stadium. Jersey still runs deep in my blood and it allowed for me to be out there and some of my family was here."
While Jones is the Giants' unquestioned starter for the regular season and beyond 2019 with next Sunday's 1 p.m. home game against the Minnesota Vikings as a chance to get above .500, the Redskins remain winless and unclear at quarterback.
"He's got to earn that right first," Gruden said of Haskins. "I don't care where you're drafted, when you're drafted -- you need to earn that. And he's got to come in here and perform when he's asked to perform. And if I feel like he gives us the best chance to win against New England (next Sunday at 1 p.m.), I'll put him in there. That's the way it is at every position with everybody. You're just not handed the keys because of where you're drafted. You've got to earn the right, and I think he'll continue to get better and better and better, but I've got to look right now -- Sunday afternoon against the Patriots -- who gives us the best chance to win. That's the most important thing."
How the rest of the fall unfolds remains to be seen for both quarterbacks, but the first glimpse gave Jones the clear nod over Haskins before the next possible matchup comes with Week 16's Dec. 22 game at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
"I want to win and we're going to win -- whatever it takes to win, we will do that," Haskins said. "And I don't like losing -- I never lost. Don't like losing, so we're going to change that and we'll win some games and be here for a while, so get used to seeing me smile up here.