Gruden: 'No rush' to name starting QB

Chris Lingebach
August 20, 2019 - 6:29 pm
Gruden: 'No rush' to name starting QB

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden says there's no rush to name a starting quarterback right now.

When training camp first opened, it was a three-horse race between veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, and rookie Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting job. But McCoy, nearly nine months after suffering a broken leg that required multiple offseason surgeries, is still unable to push off that leg, causing him to miss Washington's first two preseason games and likely the next.

That's thrown a wrench into the quarterback competition and likely given an edge to Keenum to be the Week 1 starter against Philadelphia.

Officially, no decisions have been made, although presumably whoever starts Thursday against the Falcons – with the third preseason game typically serving as the dress rehearsal for the regular season – will be in the driver's seat to start the regular season opener.

"There's no rush to name a starter right now," Gruden said Tuesday. "I think it's important to let these guys go out and play and continue to compete. We'll continue to let them play and see what happens Thursday."

Gruden also provided an update on his thinking of running back Derrius Guice, who has yet to play this preseason after missing his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. Guice has been a full participant in practice but has yet to be medically cleared for game action.

"I haven't made my decision on Jordan (Reed) nor Derrius," Gruden said. "We'll wait and see how they're doing on game day and make a decision then."

Guice is expected to play Thursday – and Gruden certainly wants him to – although he's still waiting for the "green light."

"I think it's important for him to get a couple carries. Just get a feel of getting tackled again, I'd love to see that happen. Coming off an injury, I don't want the first carry for him to be against Philadelphia, really. I'd like to get him a couple carries, get a little sweat going, feel the contact and get used to being taken to the ground, protecting the football."

On if Gruden will consider playing Guice in the preseason finale if he doesn't play Thursday: "Yeah I'd consider it, but I feel pretty confident that he's got a chance to go."

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