McCoy or Keenum will keep Haskins’ seat warm to begin the season, but unless one of the veterans has the Redskins surprisingly contending for a playoff spot, it’s reasonable to expect Haskins to get the nod at some point. Teams don’t let first-round quarterbacks sit on the bench for a full season these days. At the first sign of trouble, I did expect Jay Gruden to make the switch. NBC Sports states McCoy was listed as the team’s starter on the initial depth chart, with Keenum as the backup and Haskins as the third-stringer.
Washington’s 7-9 record last season looks like a mirage, especially considering they are unlikely to get quarterback play as steady as Smith provided in the first half of the year. Derrius Guice should prove to be an upgrade on Adrian Peterson as an every-down back, but this young receiving corps doesn’t inspire much confidence. Beyond Jordan Reed – who seems to miss a handful of games every season due to injury and Peterson, there’s little experience at the skill positions on his team.
Washington went 2-4 in the NFC East last season after a 2-0 start. It’s not impossible to suggest the skins can get one against either Dallas or Philadelphia this year, but I did bet on them going 0-4 in those games before I did bet on them going 2-2. Getting teams like Chicago and New England in Washington is nice, but the Washington is nice, but the Washington Redskins are almost surely still going to be home underdogs in both contests. The season-closing five-game stretch against the Panthers, Packers, Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys is also downright brutal.