Redskins name Case Keenum starting QB

Vincent Frank
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Those holding out hope that rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins would start in the nation’s capital come Week 1 are going to be disappointed.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced on Sunday that veteran Case Keenum will be the team’s starting quarterback to open the season.

Despite Haskins playing much better than his older counterpart this summer, most figured that Keenum would get the starting nod. That’s especially true given the injury to Colt McCoy, who remains sidelined.

This could very well be a short-lived role for Keenum. He has not inspired much confidence during the preseason.

The idea here for Washington is to give Haskins a bit more time to show he can lead an NFL team. In the meanwhile, Keenum will start against the Philadelphia Eagles Week 1.