Five bold predictions for Redskins vs. Falcons in NFL preseason Week 3
2. Case Keenum completes 80-plus percent of his passes
At this point, it seems to be decided that Case Keenum will open the season as the starter for the Redskins. And that makes sense. The NFL veteran has been the primary starter for his respective teams over the course of the past two seasons. Dwayne Haskins hasn’t shown that he’s ready to be the top quarterback so far, so Keenum is the perfect bridge option to at least start this season.
That said, Keenum has played sparingly this season as the squad has looked to get Haskins some extra work. And because of this, Keenum hasn’t had a chance to string together quality series. He had some nice ones against the Browns in the first preseason game, but last week against the Bengals, he wasn’t quite as sharp, and failed to complete 50 percent of his passes.
Playing with the full first-team offense for an extended period of time will give Keenum a chance to build momentum. He will finally have a chance to string together consecutive solid series and show off the one skill that is likely putting him ahead in the quarterback competition right now. His ability to work in the pocket and manage a game.
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Keenum doesn’t have the same dynamic arm talent that the rookie Haskins has, but he still possesses a strong arm and more importantly, he does have experience. And with this experience, Keenum has learned how to better deal with pressure, read the field, and make proper throws. That is going to be important for the ‘Skins, who have little margin for error if they are going to win early in the season. And if Keenum can showcase those abilities in this contest, it will put any talk of an outside chance of Haskins overtaking him for the starting job before Week 1 to bed.
It’s unclear exactly how much Keenum will be playing in this week’s game, but he should have a chance to put forward the most accurate game of a Redskins passer this preseason. All told, Keenum should have a chance to complete 80 percent of his passes while leading an efficient attack against a solid Falcons defense. And that type of performance would certainly instill more confidence in him as the starting quarterback to open the 2019 campaign.