For NFL fans, one of the best parts of training camp and the preseason is position battles, especially when it is an important position like the quarterback. The battle makes it more interesting to follow reports coming out of training camp and makes preseason games more compelling television.
Fans of the Washington Redskins will get to watch a heck of a position battle unfold throughout training camp and the preseason—at quarterback. From what oddsmakers are saying, the race is going to be a tight one between Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, and rookie Dwayne Haskins.
The odds on who the Week One starter will be, according to Bovada.lv are as follows:
- Redskins Week 1 Starting QB Odds
o Case Keenum +100
o Colt McCoy +200
o Dwayne Haskins +250
The Redskins appeared to have a much-needed franchise quarterback last season in Alex Smith. He had the season off to a respectable 6-3 start but then suffered a nasty broken leg in Week 11. They went on to lose that game and five of their last six.
Colt McCoy hadn’t been bad as the Redskins back-up in recent years, and he made the Cowboys earn the win in his first start the following week. But then he went down with a season-ending injury the following week.
So, clearly, the quarterback room for the Redskins needed some help going into the offseason—and they got it in Case Keenum. Keenum has had his moments as a starter, most notably the 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings, but he did not fare well with the Broncos last season in Denver.
With the acquisition of Keenum, the race appeared to be between two guys best known for being back-ups. But rather than wait and see if Smith can return, the Redskins decided to take a QB with their first-round pick, Dwayne Haskins.
The Redskins also have Josh Woodrum from Liberty on the roster, but it is highly unlikely he is even on the roster come Week One.
So—who is going to be QB1 come Week One when the Redskins take on the Eagles in Philadelphia?
Keenum and McCoy have both bene starting quarterbacks in the past to varying degrees of success. Of the two, Keenum has played more in recent years and has had more success as a starter. But that was back in 2017; he did not have a great year last season in Denver.
However, McCoy knows the offense better having been with the team since 2014.
The competition could be pretty tight between McCoy and Keenum and will likely depend on who plays the best during the preseason. But assuming that one of them will be the starter is a mistake. Teams used to think a quarterback needed to sit a year or two before starting.
But in recent years, more teams have opted for trial by fire and started them as rookies. No better way to learn other than doing, right?
Reports have been complimentary early on out of camp regarding Haskins, but it is doubtful he starts unless he blows McCoy and Keenum away. While playing is better for his future, it may not be better for the Redskins in 2019.
The team is more likely to win early on with either Keenum or McCoy at quarterback.
There isn’t much of a difference between the three of them regarding salary, so there will be no obligation to play the more expensive player. But look for the most experienced one, Keenum, to win the job for Week One.
He may not keep it long, but he’ll start the season with it.