Case Keenum to start Week One

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Washington has its starting quarterback.

Case Keenum will start Week One against the Eagles, coach Jay Gruden announced today.

That was to be expected. First-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins is viewed as the quarterback of the future, but in the preseason he hasn’t looked ready to take the job just yet. And Colt McCoy has been injured and unavailable in the preseason.

That leaves Keenum, who will now start for his fourth different team in the last four years, having started for the Broncos in 2018, the Vikings in 2017 and the Rams in 2016. (He also started 10 games for the Texans in 2013 and 2014.)

Keenum played very well in Minnesota two years ago, but not so well in Denver last year. Gruden will hope he can get out of Keenum what he showed with the Vikings, and that Washington’s offense can play well with Keenum on the field and Haskins learning from the sideline.

36 responses to “Case Keenum to start Week One

  1. This is absolutely the right move. Not something you often hear about the Redskins.

    Whoever starts in week 1 will be on IR by Week 4 with that offensive line.

    Protect the franchise QB.

  2. With zero blindside protection, I hope the Skins hold Haskins out for the year. Andrew Luck’s retirement is a bummer for all NFL fans, but hopefully GM’s and coaches can learn a lesson from it

  3. I know plenty of people in the MD, VA, and DC areas. They deserve better than this. But, as a Philly fan flying home for the game after paying too much for a ticket (don’t forget $50 just for the service fee!), I have to say I applaud the decision.

  4. Gotta protect Haskins. The first 5 games will be rough and with a subpar offensive line, it would be a mistake to throw Haskins to the wolves.

  5. Haskins is at least a two years project. The people who criticized the Giants for picking Jones over him now look silly. Jones played longer in college, he had a better QB coaching than Haskins.

  6. The Redskins will never be good as long as Snyder owns the team. Bruce Allen needs to go. Every aspect of this team has changed over the last twenty years except the owner and the results have stayed the same. Just good enough to have bad draft positions, but not good enough to win anything worth talking about.
    Sell the team Dan

  7. californianewton says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Minnesota made the right decision not re-signing Keenum.
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    Keenum was better two years ago in Minnesota than Cousins was last year and would have stayed for less money.

  8. Just protect the ball and manage the game. If skins can have solid production behind AP/Guice and Keenum isn’t put in too many situations where he has to win the game for them then I see this working out ok. With Smith under center, this was their M.O. to a T and they were in decent shape before he went down. I see a lot of similarities between Keenum and Smith.

  9. realitypolice says:
    August 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    californianewton says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Minnesota made the right decision not re-signing Keenum.
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    Keenum was better two years ago in Minnesota than Cousins was last year and would have stayed for less money.
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    Rick Spielman picked up Keenum for $2 million as a backup. He’s one of the best backups in the league but that’s all he is. He was coached well by Pat Shurmer and Tony Sporano(offensive line). If you think the Vikings would have paid Keemun $18 like the Broncos did you’re a moron. Statistically Cousins had a great year without Pat Shurmer and Tony Sporano dying right before training camp. If you think Keenum would have done anything close to what Cousins did with one of the worst Olines in the league you’re an even bigger moron.

  10. Case is an easy guy to root for. Loved him when he was at the Rams. He has now gone to four different teams, in as many years and gotten the starting job. No easy feat… If he could keep a season of consistency I think a team will pay him.

  11. Run the ball.…….and then Run the Ball……….Although some of the young WR’s they’ve gotten this season seem to show some promise. But their best plan is to Run.The.Ball.

  12. Wow. This Post about the Skins with mostly obnoxious Philly fans chiming in reminds me of the numerous trolling Packer Fans who consume every Viking article.

    Truth be told Keenum is by far the most accomplished of those three in both College (all time NCAA passing leader) and the NFL.

    His starting is not unexpected by anyone who actually watches the game and observes it honestly.

  13. I think everyone will agree that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are outstanding quarterbacks. Well Case’s 2017 quarterback ranking was higher than both Brady’s and Rodgers’ last year. It is thus not inconceivable that Case will play at a Brady/Rodgers level this year — or better. Hence it would be a major mistake to underestimate the Redskins in ‘19.

  14. It would have been nice in a three-way competition for one of the three to step up and distinguish themselves rather than it defaulting for lack of a winner, but oh well. Take care of the ball, Case, because the defensive front and running backs have a chance to make this team better than expected if you do.

  15. californianewton says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Minnesota made the right decision not re-signing Keenum.

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    So they could pay $84M for a guy who is 4-28 against winning teams?

  16. The Redskins were in first place in the NFC East last year 9 games into the season with a simple formula — run the ball, eliminate mistakes, and let that stout defense win games. Look for the Skins to replicate that success this year. If anything they will be better — Guice, Sweat, and Collins are huge additions. Just like last year (through 9 games) the Skins will win the NFC East.

  17. Dear Philly fans: Case has gone further in the playoffs than Wentz. And will again this season. Sorry to hit you upside the head with reality but the sooner you sooner you are clued in, the sooner you can adjust your expectations.

  18. urgyisgod says:
    August 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Dear Philly fans: Case has gone further in the playoffs than Wentz. And will again this season. Sorry to hit you upside the head with reality but the sooner you sooner you are clued in, the sooner you can adjust your expectations.

    In 2017 Case had the #1 defense behind him. Not happening this year in Washington. Skins will struggle to be .500 (as usual) Boys and Birds will fight for the division.

  19. Not in a million years.

    The defense was worse for the Vikings last year. They also didn’t benefit from the plays that were called back the year prior for penalties where the D was toasted. The Eagles exposed Zim’s D & the problem of playing man/man for the CB’s. No pressure, no beuno, no win.

    realitypolice says:
    August 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    californianewton says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Minnesota made the right decision not re-signing Keenum.
    ——

    Keenum was better two years ago in Minnesota than Cousins was last year and would have stayed for less money.

  20. Which team’s QB ends up on IR first; Eagles with paper mache Wentz who is on the same career trajectory as Luck or Keenum behind an awful line. Best guess McCown starts by week 5 because Wentz from his own stupidity is to beat-up to play and McCoy/Haskins/? week 3…

  21. This is the correct decision. Keenum needs to be the one starting behind this terrible offensive line. No reason to kill the rookie’s confidence or get him hurt – hold the clipboard, pay attention. If the Skins are terrible, they can bring Haskins in halfway through the season once the pressure is off. Plus, this way Haskins will play in week 4 of preseason and get more live reps.

  22. “Protect the franchise QB.”
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    Consider him protected since the Redskins don’t currently have one on the roster. Smith is coming off a horrific injury, McCoy and Keenum are (mostly) career backups, and they have a totally unproven rookie.

  23. realitypolice says:
    August 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    californianewton says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Minnesota made the right decision not re-signing Keenum.
    ——

    Keenum was better two years ago in Minnesota than Cousins was last year and would have stayed for less money.
    ====================

    Maybe so. But Keenum’s career up until that one good season showed it is entirely reasonable to suspect he would never replicate it. Last year certainly made it look that way as well…

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