At Senior Bowl, Redskins shopping for a quarterback

Ben Krimmel
January 24, 2019 - 1:49 pm

The Washington Redskins are shopping for a quarterback and the first stop is Mobile, Alabama.

"They are in the quarterback market," 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman told The Sports Junkies. "They are going to look at quarterback in the first round if someone is available either at 15, that they like or (potentially) a trade-up scenario."

"I actually know they talked to every quarterback here, at the very least informally, if not during the formal interview sessions," Hoffman said Thursday. "And they also brought (passing game coordinator) Kevin O'Connell down for a couple days."

Who are the quarterbacks the Redskins have met with at the Senior Bowl? The eight QBs: N.C. State’s Ryan Finley, Missouri’s Drew Lock, Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson, West Virginia’s Will Grier, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew, Penn State’s Trace McSorley, and Duke’s Daniel Jones.

Of course, Redskins team president Bruce Allen was anything but clear during his first media availability about the team's plans for 2019.

"Well, we don't have to make that decision right now. We have some time till free agency and obviously some time till the draft. I think Doug (Williams) and his group will rank all the players and will try and build a winning team for 2019," Allen said when asked about Alex Smith's future.

"You have to appreciate these injuries from the players' perspective. Their dream is to get out on the field," Allen said. "Alex felt bad for Colt (McCoy's) unfortunate injury. Colt's gonna be ready to go at the beginning of the offseason program and I'm sure he's looking forward to competing for the starting job."

Hoffman said as much as Allen tried to obfuscate, Smith's future is very much a doubt.  

"They do not have a clue when Alex is going to play, they are planning, you know as much as Bruce tried to put up the front of...'We think he's gonna come back, he's gonna play again.' They don't know," Hoffman said. "They are proceeding as if they don't have a starting quarterback or that Colt McCoy is going to be their starting quarterback and that is not a long-term solution."

Bottom line, the Redskins are taking a long look at finding a new quarterback.

"They are scouting these quarterbacks hard, that's why they brought O'Connell down. They wanted O'Connell to be able to touch all of these guys before (the draft combine)," Hoffman said. "He wants to be able to really understand who they are as people and you get the better chance to do that down here and you start that process earlier."

"They are taking this quarterback thing seriously," Hoffman said. 

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