Jay Gruden: Exciting to have a quarterback you can grow with

AP

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has checked off a couple of rookie season boxes.

He signed his contract with Washington before taking part in rookie minicamp over the weekend. Those practices started Haskins’ work on some practical matters that he’ll need to master like calling plays in a huddle and got the ball rolling on a quarterback competition that will be a dominant storyline for the team for the next few months.

While head coach Jay Gruden won’t put Haskins ahead of Case Keenum or Colt McCoy at this point in the calendar, he does acknowledged that the rookie gives the team something neither of the veteran options can give them.

“But it is exciting to have a quarterback here that you’re gonna have for at least five years that you know you can grow with,” Gruden said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “You can build your offense around his skill set. … It’s exciting, for sure.”

Gruden’s never had that kind of long-term view at quarterback during his tenure in Washington. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out when to flip the switch on the future.

8 responses to “Jay Gruden: Exciting to have a quarterback you can grow with

  1. The injuries this team had over the past two years were ridiculous. If they can keep the majority of players healthy, Gruden will keep his job.

  2. If your playing the long game Haskins get the ball but Gruden is playing the short game trying too win next year and experience trumps rookie with one year of starter experience. Start Case and let Haskins watch. Better to put him in the best situation for success!

  3. Amazing how sooo many people are wishing the worst for the Redskins….

  4. Truth be told, this team is built to win now with slightly above average quarterback play. The defensive front seven includes five first round picks. It’s designed to stop the Zekes’ and Saquons’ of the world. Our secondary may not be all pro but it’s improved for sure with Landon Collins, and if we can keep Josh Norman mad for 16 games it definitely a top 5-6 defense. On the offense we have more studs in our stable than Preakness. A.P. Guice, Thompson, Perine, and now Bryce Love. That’s fresh legs all season long. If Haskins can come in and handle a limited amount of the playbook and succeed he should be the day one starter.

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