Gruden names Keenum Week 1 starter

Ben Krimmel
August 25, 2019 - 1:11 pm

The Washington Redskins quarterback competition is over.

Head coach Jay Gruden named veteran Case Keenum the starting quarterback for the Redskins' Week 1 game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Gruden announced the decision Sunday just days after he said he was in "no rush" to name a starter.

"Case has come in here and picked up the offense extremely well, had great confidence and command over the team," Gruden told the media. "I think we have great confidence that Case can lead us to a win against Philadelphia."

Dwayne Haskins, who Washington drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, for the moment will serve as Keenum's backup with Colt McCoy's health status still up in the air.

Keenum looked to be pulling away from the other two quarterbacks in the competition in recent weeks. He completed 9-of-14 attempts for 101 yards in the team's third preseason game Thursday in Atlanta. Haskins went 7/13 for 74 yards vs. the Falcons.

"I'm excited, I really am," Keenum said Sunday. "So, I'm very honored to wear the bugandy to be the Redskins quarterback."

 "I'm excited to continue to earn the right to be the leader for this team, to be the quarterback for this team," he added.

Washington added Keenum, 31, in March in a trade with the Denver Broncos. He previously played with the Texans, Rams, and Vikings and Keenum's teams have a 26-28 record with him as a starter.

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