Redskins news: Colt McCoy won't play on Thursday
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Redskins’ Colt McCoy won’t play on Thursday

Important, albeit unsurprising news from the Washington Redskins. Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk has reported that presumed starter Colt McCoy will not start in Thursday’s preseason game.

This isn’t exactly a huge shocker. McCoy broke his leg while filling in for Alex Smith last year, and hasn’t really worked out or practiced with the team. In addition to this, most veteran starting quarterbacks don’t see time in the first week of preseason.

But what we can tell from this report is that rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins should see the field quite a bit. Haskins was taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and is expected to take the Redskins’ starting job sometime during the season.

Week one of preseason will be a good test of Haskins’ readiness. Veteran quarterback Case Keenum is expected to start the game, and play a fair amount. Keenum was a free-agent failure with the Denver Broncos last year, and was acquired by the Redskins via trade. The former Bronco has a fair shot at being the starting signal-caller week one, as it’s unlikely Haskins is ready so early.

Many will say that it doesn’t really matter who the starting quarterback for Washington is. They have one of the weakest rosters in football, and should end the season in the bottom half of the NFC East. But this is a crucial year in the development of Dwayne Haskins, and the entire roster. Even if Washington is a losing team, it’s a win for the organization if Haskins and other young stars show promise.