Redskins QB Case Keenum on pace to be the Week 1 starter
The Washington Redskins have Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback in their unofficial depth chart. But, following a broken leg, he may not be that come Week 1; as head coach Jay Gruden said, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter,
“Oh man, it [McCoy coming back] might not be the end of camp, it might be two or three weeks into the season. We don’t know yet.”
With McCoy expected to miss more time, Schefter notes that veteran Case Keenum is now on pace to be the Week 1 starter.
Schefter said: “Case Keenum is now tracking to be Washington’s opening-day starting QB.”
Both McCoy and Keenum have alternated first-team reps throughout training camp. But, McCoy suffered a setback in practice. Gruden said on that, via ESPN’s John Keim,
“He probably rushed back, we probably rushed him back. So they had to go back in a little bit. That was nobody’s fault, just a fluke deal that something else happened. Hopefully we get him right. He’ll do whatever he can to get right, we’ve just got to get it right first.”
With McCoy suffering a setback, and potentially missing a few weeks, Keenum is the logical choice to start Week 1. Though in his first season in Washington, Keenum’s experience is valuable for the team going forward. In the preseason, he’s gone 7-for-16 for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Of course, rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins remains a possibility. But, Washington appears to be taking a slower approach with the quarterback; grooming him behind veterans. But, come 2020, ideally, Haskins will be the No. 1 while everybody else vies to earn a backup job.