LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Redskins are 1-six, headed nowhere quickly and are beginning a quarterback unsigned beyond this season. Case Keenum is not the future, but Dwayne Haskins nevertheless is not the present.
Just after but an additional Redskins loss, interim coach Bill Callahan mentioned Keenum will continue to commence and that they nevertheless have self-assurance in him. Keenum completed 9 of 12 passes for 77 yards in Sunday’s 9- loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Haskins, as he has for all but a single game this season, remained on the sidelines. That is exactly where he’ll keep for at least an additional week and possibly longer.
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“Dwayne’s nevertheless understanding,” Callahan mentioned. “He’d be the very first to inform you that. We nevertheless have faith in Case and his potential to handle this offense and run this offense and execute anything inside it.”
It tends to make sense to stick with Keenum this week, with the Redskins playing at Minnesota on Thursday (eight:20 p.m. ET, Fox). Keenum has thrown nine touchdown passes and 4 interceptions in six begins and ranks 21st in Total QBR at 44.7.
But right after this week, the clock begins ticking on the correct commence of Haskins’ tenure with the Redskins. He relieved Keenum in a Week four loss at the New York Giants, but hasn’t played in any other game. If the Redskins continue to shed and they never place Haskins in, it’ll be fairly a statement on how far they believe he has to go. And every single indication has been that they really feel a lot of perform remains.
They want him to continue building as a pocket passer, understanding how to study defenses at an NFL level, creating improved choices and enhancing his accuracy.
But Callahan has spent the previous two weeks given that taking more than for Jay Gruden attempting to construct up Haskins. They give him all the very first-group reps when Keenum can not practice.
“His development is beginning to show in practice and also in his preparation,” Callahan mentioned final week. “He’s in earlier, he’s out later, so it really is all coming to fruition. It is going to take a tiny time.”
The Redskins want him much more engaged at a greater level in all facets, no matter whether in meeting rooms or in pregame warm-ups. Their strategy given that Callahan took more than is to continue saying he’s not prepared but when acknowledging any development in his game. It is not about how numerous very first-group reps he gets in practice as significantly as it is about strategy and perform completed away from the field.
On Friday, when asked about Callahan’s comments, Haskins mentioned he has to “take it by the horns.”
“Just ownership of anything,” Haskins mentioned. “You want to be a franchise guy, so I have to act like it, be like it, move like it. So that is it. You can not seriously wait for your turn any longer, you have to seize it. That is what I am carrying out.”
In his a single game, Haskins completed 9 of 17 passes for 108 yards and 3 interceptions. The Redskins want him to enhance his selection-creating, becoming much more constant. They nevertheless want him to enhance calling plays in the huddle.
Extra than something, they want to locate a way to coax from him what numerous see as considerable upside. That is what Haskins desires as effectively. He’s only 22 years old with 14 begins in college on his résumé. Haskins also knows what he have to do in practice.
“Just going out there becoming me and quit worrying about anything else,” he mentioned.
At times that “anything else” implies other individuals questioning his potential to study an NFL defense or his readiness.
“That is seriously a joke,” he mentioned Friday, “mainly because I pride myself on reading defenses and understanding protections. I can not spend any thoughts to that.”
But for the Redskins to see the development that tends to make them comfy sufficient to place him in the game, they want him to keep the proper strategy.
“I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do,” Haskins mentioned. “This is like the very first week I’ve just taken it.”