Redskins Training Camp Profile: QB Dwayne Haskins
Haskins’ main competition
As mentioned earlier, Haskins is going to face a lot of competition for the starting job, so he may not be the team’s top option in Week 1.
This offseason, the Redskins went out and acquired Case Keenum for a swap of late-round picks. The move was a smart one, as Keenum is a serviceable starter and has proven that he can take a team to the playoffs. That’s unlikely to happen in Washington given their lack of receiving weapons, but Keenum would give the team a chance to stay respectable in 2019.
Colt McCoy is also on the roster for the sixth year in a row. While McCoy has only started six games for the Redskins, he is still one of the better backup quarterbacks in the game. He almost helped the team dispatch the Houston Texans after replacing an injured Alex Smith and kept the team competitive in a Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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McCoy takes risks, but he knows the system better than any quarterback on the roster. So, he will push Haskins and Keenum with that aspect of his game. And if Jay Gruden wants to go with an experienced option, McCoy would be the choice, provided that he is fully recovered from the leg injury that sidelined him at the end of last season.
Still, it seems more likely that if any non-Haskins QB opens the season as the starter, it would be Keenum. Keenum is just two years removed from playing in the NFC Championship Game, so he has playoff experience. If Haskins isn’t ready, Keenum would probably give the team the best chance to win games.
That said, there’s just as good a chance that Haskins could be ready to start. And if he looks prepared in training camp and the preseason, he may be thrown into the fire in Week 1. It’s not a guarantee, but Haskins is the quarterback of the future. The minute they think he’s ready to play, they will throw him in to get reps.
Even if Haskins doesn’t start Week 1, there’s a strong chance that he will start at some point in the season. The only way that he wouldn’t see the field is if one of the veterans starts the season and turns the team into a playoff contender. And that seems unlikely.