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Washington Redskins Announce Case Keenum as Their Week 1 Starter

Case Keenum named the Redskins' starter for Week 1

Earlier today, Washington Redskins’ head coach Jay Gruden gave out the news that Case Keenum would be their starting quarterback. This comes after months of uncertainty, from training camp up until the most recent preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Though Dwayne Haskins has impressed in his short time under center, it’s clear that Washington is more comfortable with the journeyman in Keenum.

Keenum vs Haskins

Over the course of the preseason, Case Keenum has gone 16-30 for 213 passing yards, one touchdown and a fumble/interception that could go either way. In comparison, Dwayne Haskins has thrown 22-41 for 305 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The two have very similar statistics, but reliability and consistency are likely what put Keenum ahead of the rookie.

Case Keenum announced as the Washington Redskins' week 1 starter.
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In three games, Keenum had one error that resulted in a turnover. In almost every other circumstance, he made sure to do the right thing with the football, whether it was checking it down, tossing it away or sending a deep shot. Keenum was very smart with the ball in his hands and seemed fluent with whatever Jay Gruden was calling. On the other hand, he wasn’t very exciting to watch and didn’t show the same unique abilities that Haskins has.

Haskins Still Has Time to Win the Job

Despite this announcement, there is still plenty of hope for Dwayne Haskins to take the reigns. However, it might not come when many fans might’ve wanted it to. With such a stacked schedule to open the season, the Redskins ultimately went with the most experienced guy on their roster to guide them through the fire. This means that Keenum will be under center to start the game in Philadelphia against the Eagles, but it doesn’t mean he’ll continually stay in that position.

Haskins has shown plenty of flashiness throughout this preseason, but shakiness has shadowed all of his positive traits. It’s become clearer in recent weeks that he’s still a project and needs a bit of time. This doesn’t mean that he’s not the right answer, as the Redskins used a valuable first-round draft pick on him. However, it does mean his timeline will change. At 22 years old, Haskins is still somewhat of a kid and needs to get his bearings. Once more polished – perhaps after a few games of Keenum starting – he’ll walk into the role of the starting quarterback and flourish.


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