Dwayne Haskins was on the field when the Washington Redskins’ offense took the field at the start of the second half Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, which caught many by surprise. The reason the rookie entered the game is because starter Case Keenum entered concussion protocol.
FOX’s broadcasting crew was unsure when the possible concussion might have occurred, but they played a video clip of a play from the first half where Keenum’s head hit the turf hard.
Washington has been reluctant to play Haskins all season despite making him a first-round pick in the draft. Whether it was Jay Gruden or Bill Callahan as head coach, reports have said the team did not feel Haskins was ready to play.
This is Haskins’ second appearance this season. He was 9/17 for 107 yards and three interceptions in a 24-3 Week 4 loss to the Giants.
Keenum was 12/16 for 130 yards and lost one fumble during the first half.
Despite a somewhat ugly performance in a mud-filled loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins will continue to ride things out with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback.
Interim head coach Bill Callahan informed reporters on Monday morning that Keenum will remain under center while first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins continues to ride pine in what has turned out to be a completely lost season.
“We still have a lot of faith in Case and his ability,” Callahan via NBC Sports Washington.
It’s entirely possible the Redskins are sticking with Keenum simply because of their quick turnaround — they play the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in Week 8. After that, they could finally insert Haskins as their starter and close out the season with him gaining as much valuable experience as possible.
Whatever the case may be, Redskins fans aren’t likely to be too keen on Keenum being the guy for one more week. They are tired of losing and are ready to see what the future has in store.
With just under 13:00 remaining in the third quarter of Sunday’s Week 6 game, Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum could be heard yelling out, “kill, kill” as the Miami Dolphins defense came set ahead of a second-and-short.
Keenum had audibled out of a called run to the right side in favor of a pass play, but veteran running back Adrian Peterson was having none of it. His football instincts felt something different from Keenum’s, so he called out to the quarterback to audible back.
“Reload, reload,” Keenum could be heard saying.
At the snap, Keenum handed the ball off to Peterson, who darted toward the right side of the line where he was immediately met by several defenders. However, in Hall of Fame fashion, Peterson scratched and clawed his way to the first down.
Great shot by Fox here. Keenum didn't like the look so called "kill, kill". Behind him, Adrian Peterson told him to keep the run called, so Keenum then calls "reload, reload" and Peterson gets the ball handed off #Redskins pic.twitter.com/S7gBjvOqku
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) October 13, 2019
After the game, Peterson was asked specifically about that play, but dismissed the situation as little more than a miscommunication, indicating that the coaches called for the original play to run from the sideline and he was just making sure Keenum was on the same page.
That’s one way to avoid tossing your quarterback under the bus…
The NFL’s Week 4 included a game in which two teams scored 95 combined points, a late rally to keep the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten, and the highly-awaited debut of a rookie quarterback in Washington. It also brought its fair share of disappointments — and some of them had to do with those exact storylines.
Who underwhelmed in Week 4? Here are 10 big disappointments.
Dallas Cowboys’ offense
The Dallas Cowboys’ offense looked pretty awesome the first few weeks of the season as they started off 3-0 and scored over 30 points in every game. On Sunday night in New Orleans, their offense went missing. Dak Prescott failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season. His 6.8 yards per attempt was his lowest of the year. The rushing game was arguably worse and went for just 45 yards on 20 carries. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for just 35 yards on 18 carries with a long of six. Both he and Jason Witten lost fumbles in consecutive possessions before halftime. When they needed big drives late in the game, they ended up punting twice. A 12-10 loss was a rude awakening for a team that had been great through three weeks.
Los Angeles Rams
What happened here? The Rams scored 40 but gave up 55 to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has been inconsistent at best. Jameis Winston went for 385 yards and four touchdowns. A lot of that was set up by quality field position owing to four turnovers by Jared Goff, including three interceptions and a late fumble that was returned for a Tampa Bay touchdown. This will raise a lot of new questions about Goff and the defense, and they’ll have to respond.
Case Keenum lasted roughly a quarter and a half in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants before he was benched.
With the Washington Redskins down 14-0 midway through the second quarter, Keenum was benched in favor of rookie Dwayne Haskins.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. is now Washington’s QB.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2019
The decision was overdue, as Keenum had already been intercepted once in Sunday’s game. He was also consistently missing open receivers downfield.
Keenum with another missed deep shot, second overthrow of Quinn pic.twitter.com/podYP1MFNA
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 29, 2019
Keenum spent part of the week in a walking boot thanks to a foot injury. It’s not clear whether it may have played a role in his poor performance, but Keenum has been bad all year. Coach Jay Gruden’s insistence that he was the quarterback who gave the team the best chance to win never looked particularly convincing, and Gruden himself seems to have realized that the situation was untenable.
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.
- Case Keenum
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.