Dwayne Haskins laughed when the Giants took Daniel Jones at No. 6 in the NFL Draft instead of him. After going at No. 15 to the Redskins, Haskins quickly declared he was more motivated than ever and said the chip on his shoulder had only grown.
“The league done messed up,” he said after the draft.
Haskins’ quest to prove teams like the Giants made a mistake by passing on him will have to wait, as the rookie lost the Redskins’ quarterback competition to journeyman Case Keenum, head coach Jay Gruden announced Sunday.
“I think they both showed a lot,” Gruden said. “I think Case has come in here and picked up the offense extremely well, had great confidence and command over the team. They both have. At the end of the day I think we have great confidence that Case can lead us to a win against Philadelphia [in Week 1].”
Gruden said experience was a factor in Keenum winning the job, but stressed that Haskins needs to be ready.
“I think he has to continue to prepare like he is the starter, because he’s one play away from going into the game against Philadelphia,” Gruden said of Haskins. “So he’s got to continue to prepare and get better, which I know he will do.”
Colt McCoy still isn’t ready after suffering a broken leg last season, and Alex Smith will remain out after suffering a gruesome compound leg fracture last year.
Keenum will return to Philadelphia for the first time since his shocking 2017 season with the Vikings came to an end in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field.
“I remember the feeling I had walking off that field,” Keenum said. “I don’t know if I can really put it into words, but I’ve used it, and I plan on continuing to use it.”
Keenum 31, had a stunning 11-3 regular-season record as Minnesota’s starter that season after a nondescript career up until that point. He threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. After the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins, Keenum landed in Denver and went 6-10 last season, compiling 3,890 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
“You’ve got to produce, without a doubt, and we anticipate Case producing,” Gruden said. “If he produces, he’s got nothing to worry about. I think moving forward we intend on Case being the guy.”