Case Keenum has been battling a foot injury this week that he suffered during Monday night’s loss to the Chicago Bears, but it does not seem serious enough to lead to rookie Dwayne Haskins making his NFL debut.
Keenum, who was reportedly wearing a walking boot earlier in the week, returned to practice on Thursday and appeared to be moving around fine.
Here’s Case Keenum playing catch. pic.twitter.com/m7F33KVq5P
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 26, 2019
Washington head coach Jay Gruden said earlier in the week that he expects Keenum to play against the New York Giants on Sunday, and practicing on Thursday puts the veteran on schedule to do that.
While Keenum has played fairly well through the first three weeks of the season, Washington is 0-3 and does not appear to be going anywhere. That has resulted in a lot of fans wanting to see Haskins get a shot, but Gruden recently explained why he is sticking with Keenum. The most obvious reason could be that Keenum is a safer bet, whereas Gruden’s job might be in jeopardy if Haskins struggles.
Haskins might play at some point before the season is over, but he is reportedly not getting any first-team reps in practice. Washington is Keenum’s team for the foreseeable future.
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After spending much of the week stating that there would be no quarterback change for the Washington Redskins, it’s possible that the team will be forced into one.
Case Keenum missed Wednesday’s walkthrough with a foot injury, and is reportedly in a walking boot. Coach Jay Gruden, however, still believes Keenum will be ready for Sunday’s game, though he noted that rookie Dwayne Haskins would likely be the replacement if Keenum can’t play.
Case Keenum did not take part in today’s walk through for the Redskins. Listed w a foot injury. Remember he had XRay after the Bears game.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 25, 2019
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) September 25, 2019
Jay Gruden said he assumes Keenum will play. Will know more Thursday. As of now Haskins would be next man up— but that depends on where McCoy is with his leg and their confidence in Haskins and their game plan.
— John Keim (@john_keim) September 25, 2019
It would take some doing to go from being in a walking boot to playing Sunday, but Gruden appears confident that Keenum will be able to do it. If anything, this shows just how committed to Keenum the organization is right now.
With Washington 0-3 and Keenum coming off a five-turnover performance, this would be the ideal time to sideline him due to his injury and give Haskins an opportunity. Gruden, however, steadfastly believes the 31-year-old Keenum gives his team the best chance to win. It’s really something if he still believes that even if Keenum is hobbled.
It comes as no surprise, but Case Keenum will be under center for the Washington Redskins to open the season.
Coach Jay Gruden formally announced Sunday that Keenum would get the nod as the team’s starting quarterback, beating rookie Dwayne Haskins and injured veteran Colt McCoy to win the role.
#Redskins coach Jay Gruden named Case Keenum the starting QB.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2019
This became fairly inevitable early. McCoy broke his leg last year and simply isn’t ready to play, while Haskins looked unready despite flashing promise during the preseason. His time will presumably come, but that time is not now.
The 31-year-old Keenum started all 16 games for the Denver Broncos in 2018. While he threw for 3,890 yards, his other numbers were disappointing, throwing 15 interceptions to just 18 touchdowns. His best work remains 2017, where he went 11-3 as a starter for the Minnesota Vikings, throwing 22 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
Everything is lining up to indicate that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins when the regular season opens.
Coach Jay Gruden admitted Sunday that Colt McCoy was no sure thing to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from the broken leg he suffered in 2018. That, combined with the fact that the team does not appear ready to hand the reins to rookie Dwayne Haskins, indicates that Keenum will get the nod, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jay Gruden today on how soon Colt McCoy might return from a broken leg that ended his 2018 season: “Oh man, it might not be the end of camp, it might be two or three weeks into the season. We don't know yet.”
Case Keenum is now tracking to be Washington’s opening-day starting QB
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2019
Many fans might have wanted to see Haskins win the role, but it’s pretty clear from how the team has discussed him that they want to refine him more. That likely means Keenum is the guy for the foreseeable future.
The Washington Redskins’ quarterback situation has been one fans around the league have been watching, and we may have a frontrunner in the battle.
The Washington Post’s Rick Snider wrote a column on Tuesday saying that Case Keenum appears to be the frontrunner to start at QB for Washington. Keenum was acquired by the Redskins in a trade with Denver in March.
Keenum, 31, has more experience and success in the league than Colt McCoy, a longtime Washington backup, and Dwayne Haskins, whom the team drafted No. 15 overall this year. Keenum began OTAs by taking the first-team reps. This week, he took reps with the first-team players ahead of Washington’s second preseason game, Snider says.
Snider further adds that unless Keenum plays poorly in Thursday’s preseason game against Cincinnati, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden would be comfortable entering the season with the former Broncos QB as his starter.
Keenum has made 41 regular season starts over the past three seasons. His most success came in 2017 when he threw for 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game. Though he passed for a career-high 3,890 yards last year, his touchdowns dropped to 18 and his interceptions increased to 15. Washington would like to see more of the 2017 version of Keenum if they do roll with him as their starter.
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It sounds like Joe Flacco is a bit more popular than his predecessor in the Denver Broncos’ locker room.
Broncos running back Devontae Booker suggested Friday that Flacco is much more personable than Case Keenum, who he says did not interact much with anyone but his fellow quarterbacks during his season with Denver.
Booker likes Flacco more than Keenum: “He’s such a cool guy. He talks to everybody in locker room. Previous QB didn’t do that. They’d just be on the field, get the job done, see each other walking through halls—wouldn’t even acknowledge us. Flacco is a pretty cool guy." #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 31, 2019
Obviously, it’s only one player’s opinion, but it certainly paints Keenum in a fairly negative light. The fact that he didn’t play well certainly doesn’t help matters, and if the Broncos are hoping Flacco is a breath of fresh air, he seems to be off to a good start. He’s had his own questions about his brand of leadership, but he’s certainly won over at least one convert.
The Washington Redskins will have another quarterback in camp to compete with Colt McCoy this season.
Washington acquired Case Keenum in a trade with the Denver Broncos. 9News in Denver’s Mike Klis reports details of the trade. He says Denver is getting Washington’s 6th-round pick in 2020, while Washington gets Denver’s 7th-round pick in 2020. Denver is also eating half the money Keenum was owed in 2019.
Broncos have trade parameters with Washington for QB Case Keenum: Broncos get WAS 6th in 2020, WAS gets Broncos 7th in '20, per source. Keenum's contract reworked. Broncos pay him $500K restructure bonus and pay $3.5 million of his $7M salary. Washington pays $3.5 mi. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 7, 2019
Washington will be getting Keenum at a discount. He originally signed a 2-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos last offseason, which was front-loaded. He was paid $18 million guaranteed last season and only had $7 million guaranteed for 2019. Denver is splitting that with Washington.
Between the money owed to Alex Smith, who is likely to miss the entire season as he recovers from a severe leg injury, and the money owed to Keenum and McCoy, Washington will have nearly $27 million tied up in its QB position for 2019. Given their options following Smith’s injury, they’ve actually done a nice job at the position for a reasonable price.