Jay Gruden says Dwayne Haskins in starting QB competition

AP

Washington coach Jay Gruden has gotten his first look at his newest quarterback and has seen enough of Dwayne Haskins not to rule him out of the quarterback competition.

Veteran Case Keenum is the favorite to start the season opener, with Colt McCoy having undergone a third surgery on the ankle he broke last season. (Alex Smith‘s future is uncertain after having an external fixator placed on the right leg he broke in November.)

Gruden declared it an open competition.

“Yeah, for sure. We have to have that,” Gruden said in a news conference Saturday, two days into the team’s rookie minicamp. “I mean Case coming off of the most experience is great. Colt has the most experience with this terminology in this system, and Dwayne was the 15th pick in the draft. We’ll see what happens.”

Haskins didn’t start right away at Ohio State. He had only 171 plays of experience on offense before last season when he set 28 Ohio State records and seven Big Ten records as he passed for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns.

“I’ll be ready for whatever the coaches want for me, whether that’s starting right away or next year or during the season,” Haskins said. “I’m just going to prepare like I’m the starter, and that’s with me in the weight room, me in the meeting rooms, me with the younger guys, me with the older guys. Every opportunity for me is an opportunity for me to showcase that I’m the guy.”

Keenum finds himself the bridge quarterback for however long that is. Washington didn’t make Haskins the 15th overall choice to sit the bench for long.

At the same time, Haskins has a lot to learn. Gruden cited the basics, including breaking the huddle, saying Haskins is at “the very bare minimum” right now.

“We’re going to go at it,” Gruden said. “Throw the ball out there let these guys compete really. I think he obviously displayed enough of a skillset to warrant the 15th pick in the draft and to give him an opportunity to see how far he can take this thing without a doubt. I’ve been impressed with the other quarterbacks that we have here. Case has done an excellent job from the little bit we’ve seen of him, and Colt’s obviously rehabbing. Josh [Woodrum] has done a good job as well. It’s a good group and competition will be there.””

35 responses to “Jay Gruden says Dwayne Haskins in starting QB competition

  1. I may be wrong but I’m afraid the Bengals missed another HUGE opportunity by passing on this guy. I know they needed OL but…

  2. Don’t worry. They didn’t.

    rutchaser says:
    I may be wrong but I’m afraid the Bengals missed another HUGE opportunity by passing on this guy.

  3. I’ve always liked Colt McCoy, but the man has had an absolutely brutal string of bad things happen. He would be the only Washington QB that I think could lead them to the post season this year. Haskins has potential, but I don’t think that he is going to be the newest “rookie QB sensation.”

  4. This is Byron Leftwich 2.0.(Go back and see who Leftwich’s pro comp was, Drew Bledsoe. Who is also who Haskins is compared to.) He’s not gonna make any off script throws. Gruden said it best himself, “If he has a clean pocket AND he feet is there( pointed where he’s throwing) THEN he can be a fundamentally sound guy”

  5. elledaddy says:
    May 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm
    This is Byron Leftwich 2.0.(Go back and see who Leftwich’s pro comp was, Drew Bledsoe. Who is also who Haskins is compared to.) He’s not gonna make any off script throws. Gruden said it best himself, “If he has a clean pocket AND he feet is there( pointed where he’s throwing) THEN he can be a fundamentally sound guy”

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    Haskins has a way better throwing motion than Leftwich did and moves much better in the pocket. Flacco is probably a better comparison than Bledsoe. I don’t know if he will be a good pro or not but he’s not anothe Leftwich.

  6. I think leftwich is a very good comparison. They both have that same slow elongated throwing motion and are even built the same. Haskins might be better but that isn’t saying a whole lot.

  7. I think he can be effective if he doesn’t play till mid-season. if he gets the easy short routes down they’ll have something to build on because I believe he is smart enough to not be overwhelmed. he will improve with playing time. he can’t run so if he is hit routinely, boy oh boy. the whole thing blows up in Grudens face.

  8. I’m not sold on Dwayne Haskins, he has the same slow heavy feet that Byron Leftwich with that long wind up Byron had & comes out Nick Saban’s system where he didn’t have to make many big time throws, most of throws were inside of 10YDs and the receivers would do the rest. Haskins had a track team for a WR core and they’d get the ball and do the rest racking up tons of YAC yards. I think Haskins is going to struggle in Gruden’s complicated WCO system.

  9. There’s a competition? I guess he has to say that but if you can’t beat out Case Keenum you made a mistake picking him 15th.

  10. Haskins will be the starter.
    He’ll be the best OSU QB in the NFL since Mike Tomczak.

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    It’s not hard to be the best OSU QB in the league. It’s a pretty low bar.

  11. The fact that people are talking about 30+ year old, mediocre career backup QBs in Colt McCoy and Case Keenum as “competition” for Haskins speaks to how low the franchise has sunk! Sure, they can teach him some things in the QB room, but Haskins has more talent in his toe than both of them combined… and he’s a far better leader! Let Haskins go through his growing pains early. He has the mental capacity to get through that. Protect him and let him learn!

    He’s the best QB in Washington since Sonny Jurgenson!

  12. Start Keenum the first half then bring in Haskins.
    This gives Haskins time to get up to speed, and gives him playing time , but in a lower pressure environment (out of the playoff hunt). And if he does poorly, he doesn’t get booed for 12 games, just 4.

  13. Of Course it’s an “open competition”, and of course Haskins will win the job. If he can’t beat out Case Keenum and Colt Mcoy, there’s a problem.
    Plus Snyder always wants the hot new phenom on the field so he can sell tickets and jerseys. You won’t see many folks walking around FedEx Field wearing Case Keenum jerseys.

  14. “Alex Smith‘s future is uncertain after having an external fixator placed on the right leg he broke in November.”

    Smith is finished by the sounds of it. By the time he’s rehabbed another year will have gone by and if he’s smart he’ll take the big pile of millions he’s earned already and go enjoy life with his family. This injury was gruesome enough, no need to push and possibly reinjure the same leg.

  15. I think Haskins is going to surprise some people. Sure, he only played one year but he sat behind J.T. Barrett for two years. It seems like he spent his time well because the one year he did play he passed for a ton of yards and 50 TDs. Along the way he broke some records set by Drew Brees. When you beat records set by Drew Brees, that’s saying something.

    He may not be fast on his feet but he’s faster than Tom Brady no doubt. I think speed for a QB is over-rated. Do you want your QB to run or throw? He’s fast enough.

    As far as the Leftwich comparisons, Haskins didn’t just lock in on one receiver. He was good at going through his progressions. I think he’s a pretty smart QB and time will only tell if he’s a franchise QB or just another in a LONG line of QBs who were drafted high and didn’t pan out. There’s no sense in talking about him being a bust–or a success–at this point. However, from what it sounds like, Washington is happy to have him and that by itself shows he has some promise.

  16. @blackandwhite
    Case Keenum was hands down one of the best QBs in the league 2 years ago. And leading passer in NCAA history.
    Love how short the average football fans’ memory is.

  17. whenwilliteverend says:
    May 12, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    I think Haskins is going to surprise some people. Sure, he only played one year but he sat behind J.T. Barrett for two years. It seems like he spent his time well because the one year he did play he passed for a ton of yards and 50 TDs. Along the way he broke some records set by Drew Brees. When you beat records set by Drew Brees, that’s saying something.

    He may not be fast on his feet but he’s faster than Tom Brady no doubt. I think speed for a QB is over-rated. Do you want your QB to run or throw? He’s fast enough.

    As far as the Leftwich comparisons, Haskins didn’t just lock in on one receiver. He was good at going through his progressions. I think he’s a pretty smart QB and time will only tell if he’s a franchise QB or just another in a LONG line of QBs who were drafted high and didn’t pan out. There’s no sense in talking about him being a bust–or a success–at this point. However, from what it sounds like, Washington is happy to have him and that by itself shows he has some promise.
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    And what round was JT Barrett drafted in? The fact Haskins could not beat out a guy who was not even drafted should scare people. Obviously Urban Meyer didn’t think all that highly of Haskins his first few years at Ohio State or he wouldn’t of rode the bench for as long as he did. And just because the Redskins are reportedly happy with Haskins proves nothing, of course they’re going to say that even if he looks like crap in practice after they just spent the 15th pick in the draft on the guy. We’ll find out if they made the right decision or not when Haskins finally takes the field .

  18. The fact Jay Gruden and the Redskins are even in this position & trying to develop another young QB just goes to show what a crap show that franchise is. The Skins had a franchise QB who was homegrown in Kirk Cousins whom they were to cheap pay & never put much around him and then let him get away. Another team quickly scooped him up and payed him the franchise caliber type money Dan Snyder wouldn’t, and here we are with the Redskins looking for another franchise QB. Looking for the stability they had at the position with Kirk. Once they hit on another QB it is only a matter of time before the next guy will want out, and then we’ll all be back here once again.

  19. hawkkiller says:
    May 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    The fact Jay Gruden and the Redskins are even in this position & trying to develop another young QB just goes to show what a crap show that franchise is. The Skins had a franchise QB who was homegrown in Kirk Cousins whom they were to cheap pay & never put much around him and then let him get away. Another team quickly scooped him up and payed him the franchise caliber type money Dan Snyder wouldn’t, and here we are with the Redskins looking for another franchise QB. Looking for the stability they had at the position with Kirk. Once they hit on another QB it is only a matter of time before the next guy will want out, and then we’ll all be back here once again.

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    Yeah the skins were 100% correct to not pay Cousins and if you don’t want to take my word for it, ask a Vikings fan.

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