Case Keenum Named Redskins' Week 1 Starting QB

By , 106.7 The Fan

(106.7 The Fan) -- The Washington Redskins' quarterback competition is over.

Head coach Jay Gruden named veteran Case Keenum the starting quarterback for the Redskins' Week 1 game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Dwayne Haskins, whom Washington drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, for the moment, will serve as Keenum's backup with Colt McCoy's health status still up in the air.

Keenum, 31, was traded to the Redskins in March by the Denver Broncos for a sixth and seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The journeyman quarterback threw for a career-high 3,890 yards last season, but struggled with turnovers. He threw 18 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and fumbled 11 times, losing six of them. His performance resulted in a 6-10 record for Denver.

Keenum is, however, two years removed from going 11-3 as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback in 2017, leading them to the NFC Championship game.

The Redskins hope that Gruden and his coaching staff can get Keenum to resemble that quarterback this season while Haskins waits until he is ready to step in under center.

Haskins, a 22-year-old from Ohio State, played just one season as a starting quarterback in college but broke numerous program and Big 10 records last year. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, but he is believed to need more seasoning before he is able to take the reins as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

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