Despite being projected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2019, the Washington Redskins have some major decisions to make when it comes to the quarterback position. With Week 2 of the NFL preseason upon us, oddsmakers have released props on which man will earn the starting quarterback position when the regular season arrives.
BetOnline is dealing Case Keenum as the +100 favorite to be the starting quarterback in Week 1, with Colt McCoy (+200) and Dwayne Haskins (+250) as the underdogs. The ‘Skins regular-season OVER/UNDER win total has been set at 6.5 at the shop.
Can Keenum Win the Job Out of the Gate?
Washington head coach Jay Gruden has a big decision on his hands. Gruden, who’s listed as the fave to be the first coach fired this season, hasn’t made any announcements as to which man will get the starting job, but seeing Keenum as the likeliest player to do so makes sense.
According to The Washington Post, Keenum is “probably the Redskins’ starting quarterback for now.” Keenum was traded to the Redskins from Denver in the offseason after an underwhelming campaign with the Broncos in which he threw for 18 touchdowns and 3,890 yards along with 15 interceptions. Keenum won’t be considered the most attractive option under center for Redskins fans, but he looks like the safest one.
McCoy Has Familiarity With the Offense
McCoy was handed the reins of the starting quarterback job last year after Alex Smith suffered a brutal season-ending leg injury, yet the Texas product suffered a season-ending injury of his own only a few weeks after Smith’s.
The 32-year-old has been with the Redskins since 2014 and knows the offense better than the other signal-callers on the roster, so don’t be surprised it Gruden opts to go with McCoy out of the gate.
Benching Haskins Might Be a Smart Choice
It’s likely going to be a long season in D.C., and that means Haskins likely won’t be rushed into action. The Redskins appeared to get a steal by selecting Haskins with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the former Ohio State standout struggled in his first preseason action. Haskins completed 8 of 14 passes for 117 yards in his debut against Cleveland but was intercepted twice.
Haskins is known for his strong arm and poise under pressure, and he’s already viewed as the quarterback of the future for the club. But with Keenum and McCoy in the fold, it makes more sense for Haskins to watch from the sidelines for the first few weeks of the season. The Redskins could easily be out of contention.
With tough games against the Eagles, Cowboys, Bears and Patriots in four out of the first five weeks, Haskins is better off on the bench. If Washington is out of playoff contention shortly after, giving Haskins a shot later on could be the best course of action.