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Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy will start against New England

Earlier this week Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he hadn’t made a decision on a starting quarterback against the New England Patriots, but it appears he has made a choice and Colt McCoy is the guy.

McCoy wasn’t healthy during the preseason, which might be the only reason he lost the quarterback battle. Now he is healthy and that could be the reason he is the new starter, at least for this week. Case Keenum hasn’t been practicing this week and is in a walking boot, so the decision looks to have come down to McCoy or Dwayne Haskins.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Gruden didn’t want Haskins drafted and that is something that Haskins can feel. If Gruden didn’t want Haskins drafted, it’s hard to imagine he wants him now, so it makes sense he would keep him on the bench.

Another reason Gruden could be keeping Haskins on the bench is the way he performed in relief of Keenum in Week 4 against the New York Giants.

Haskins threw for 107 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. He looked lost on the field and sitting on the bench for a couple more weeks or the rest of the season could really help his chance at having success.

For McCoy, this will be his first start since fracturing his fibula in a Week 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles last season. McCoy has been with the team since 2014 and he probably at this point gives the team the best chance to win against the Patriots.