At end of training camp, Guice's revenge and Keenum ahead in QB race

Craig Hoffman
August 11, 2019 - 6:11 pm

RICHMOND – The Redskins closed camp in Richmond on Sunday with a full, padded practice at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. It was similar to many practices this week, which isn’t a good thing for one particular quarterback.

QB Battle – Here’s where the quarterback situation stands as we break camp:

  1. Case Keenum
  2. Colt McCoy
  3. Dwayne Haskins

Simply put, McCoy had an awful week. Keenum hasn’t been eye-popping by any means, but McCoy’s lead not only shrank, but it also disappeared. I would go as far as to say he’s in a hole behind Keenum pending Thursday’s game against the Bengals. And some of this is health-related. He clearly doesn’t trust his leg and the continued reps seem to have taken a toll. The original plan called for rest every fourth day for McCoy. He wound up taking just one rest day in Richmond outside the scheduled off days.

However, his decision making is what sunk him this week. He routinely threw into coverage. He missed open receivers. He was just bad. McCoy did have some bright moments, as one does over the course of the many reps of training camp. That included a good ball to rookie Terry McLaurin for a touchdown today. However, the thing that separated McCoy from the other quarterbacks was a working knowledge of the offense and if that doesn’t result in production it’s fairly useless. And Keenum is forever closing the knowledge gap.

Haskins leaves camp clearly behind. There’s just way too many sacks. I wonder if the Redskins coaches knew what they knew now about the other two QBs, perhaps they would have tried to create a simplified version of the offense for Haskins to run and build on over time. It’s way too late now and this is probably the best thing for his short term development. (Disclaimer: This may be just a beat reporter's theory, I haven’t run it by coaches.) But there’s no way anyone thought the QB situation wouldn’t budge more than the few inches from McCoy to Keenum with neither laying claim to the job with any conviction coming out of Richmond.

Guice Returns the Favor – Last week I wrote about Montae Nicholson’s physical play. Running back Derrius Guice returned the favor today. He stiff-armed Nicholson on a run late in practice, sending the mammoth safety to the ground. Nicholson, much like Guice did, popped right back up and clapped in a non-confrontational way at the second-year back.

And Guice’s message afterward was clear.

MORE: Derrius Guice tells Craig Hoffman he is ready to be back on the field

Injury Watch – Trey Quinn has a thumb injury he sustained during pregame warmups in Cleveland, apparently, sustained when someone ran into him. The wide receiver got the worst of it. Now he’s questionable for Thursday’s game against the Bengals, which is not great.

Cole Holcomb is getting more snaps thanks to the injury to Shaun Dion Hamilton, but that apparently wasn’t enough for the rookie. He was doing sprints between periods on Sunday for extra conditioning. He looks to be in line to start at ILB next to Jon Bostic on Thursday, but we’ll see how Tuesday’s practice goes.

What’s Next – The Redskins return to Ashburn over the next 24 hours and return to the practice field on Tuesday. That will be the final training camp-style practice, which is open to the media, before Thursday’s game. They’ll start Saturday on a regular-season schedule ahead of the third preseason game in Atlanta.

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