- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ASHBURN — Like last week, the Washington Redskins are trying to keep their quarterback decision a secret. But again, they’re not doing a very good job at hiding who it will be.

Interim coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday the team was still deciding who will start Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. But the coach’s remarks came hours after a report indicated Case Keenum is expected to be named starter, as long as his foot injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.

Keenum, who suffered the injury in a Week 3 loss to the Bears and then missed two practices over the following weeks, was a full participant in Callahan’s first practice.

“We distributed the reps pretty well,” Callahan said. “I think they all got exposure at different points in the practice with the first group. So, that was a real positive. Everybody got work, and when you get that, they all benefit.”

Callahan said he liked the format Washington implemented, noting all three quarterbacks got close to equal reps when factoring in work with the first team and the scout team.



If the Redskins turn back to Keenum in Miami, that means Colt McCoy will have been benched after just one start. McCoy struggled in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, getting sacked six times and throwing for only 119 yards.

Former coach Jay Gruden named McCoy the starter on Friday, citing the quarterback’s experience in his system. McCoy was on track to win the team’s starting job in training camp before aggravating a leg injury that sidelined him for eight weeks.

But now, the Redskins appear ready to turn back to Keenum.

After a strong start to the season, the 31-year-old struggled in losses to the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. He turned the ball over a combined six times, throwing four interceptions and losing two fumbles. Gruden benched Keenum in Week 4 for rookie Dwayne Haskins and Keenum was inactive the following week.

The NFL Network first reported the Redskins’ decision to lean toward Keenum, citing multiple sources.

Beyond the report, Keenum was lined up among the team’s captains when stretching for practice Wednesday. As part of a series of changes, Callahan made his captains be front and center to lead the stretch.

“I always think that’s a positive when your leadership is up there on a daily basis, and players can emulate that they know who they are, we can potentially draw more from them,” Callahan said. As for his foot injury, Keenum said he’s feeling better than he was in the previous two weeks. He added he’ll wait to see how it responds after practice.

Asked about Gruden’s firing, Keenum said football is a “tough business.”

“There’s a lot of hard days,” Keenum said. “I’ve had a lot of hard days more than I have had great days. But that’s what makes those great days really, really great. I think we have some great days ahead of us.”

 

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