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Redskins coach Jay Gruden believes depth charts this early are ‘silly’

The Washington Redskins are one of only two teams with an open quarterback competition in camp, so Jay Gruden knows a lot of people will be paying attention to every rotation change, depth chart, etc.

The Redskins were recently forced to release their first depth chart of the preseason, much to the chagrin of Gruden. Somewhat surprisingly, Colt McCoy was listed as the top quarterback ahead of Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins.

“Yeah, it’s early and I was forced to make it,” Gruden said, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. “I wouldn’t have made a depth chart right now; there’s no reason to, it’s silly. That’s for the media and for me to come up and answer these questions, but really that’s all it is. It’s words on a piece of paper, names on a piece of paper and an order that means nothing at this point.”

The competition has been widely assumed to be between Haskins and Keenum, so maybe Gruden just put McCoy at the top so he wouldn’t have to tip his hand too much.

The Redskins haven’t announced any quarterback rotation for the preseason yet, and that’ll be interesting to monitor. The team drafted Haskins 15th overall back in April, but they’ve insisted they aren’t going to rush him.

They also traded for Keenum this offseason and may decide to roll with the veteran. This is a make or break year for Gruden, and he knows it. He’s going to be coaching for his job, so he may ultimately choose the highest upside option, which is probably Haskins. One more disappointing year for Washington and Gruden is very likely gone.