The start of the NFL regular season is rapidly approaching, but Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden doesn’t think he needs to name a starting quarterback anytime soon. Washington is conducting one of the league’s only open quarterback competitions, with Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, and Colt McCoy all in the mix to open camp.
Speaking to the media Tuesday, Gruden indicated it might be a while before we know who is going to be under center come Week 1, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
“There’s no rush to name a starter right now,” Gruden said. “I think it’s important to let these guys go out and play and continue to compete. We’ll continue to let them play and see what happens Thursday.”
As of right now, the current reporting indicates that Keenum is the solid favorite to get the start against the Eagles in the opener. McCoy is still listed as the top option on the unofficial depth chart, but Gruden has stressed the fact that it means nothing.
McCoy also still isn’t cleared from the leg injury he suffered last season, and he has yet to play in the preseason. The competition seems to be between Keenum and Haskins as of right now, with Keenum in the lead.
The Redskins drafted Haskins in the first round back in April to be their quarterback of the future, so it’s only a matter of time until we see him.
He has shown some flashes so far through two exhibition games, but he’s also shown too much inconsistency to pry the job away. The third preseason game on Thursday will be his last chance to make his case for the starting job.