Cincinnati opens QB competition for Temple game


Cincinnati opens QB competition for Temple game

CINCINNATI (AP) Bearcats coach Butch Jones is open to changing his quarterback.

Jones said on Tuesday that incumbent Munchie Legaux and backup Brendon Kay will compete for the job in practice this week. Either way, wildcat quarterback Jordan Luallen will likely get a bigger role in the offense against Temple on Saturday.

Cincinnati (6-2, 2-1 Big East) pulled away to a 35-24 win over Syracuse on Saturday after Jones replaced Legaux, who has thrown six interceptions in the last three games. Kay completed all three of his passes, including one for a touchdown.

Kay's solid showing could merit his first career start at Temple (3-5, 2-3).

``We're going today just like every day, and they're going to battle it out with Brendon and Munchie and Jordan,'' Jones said. ``I've spoken to all of them. They understand. We're not going to tolerate carelessness with the football. We're going to take care of the football.''

Legaux became the starter this season and has been inconsistent. The streak of interceptions prompted Jones to make the mid-game switch against Syracuse. Now, he has to decide what type of passer best fits the offense, which has come to rely on senior running back George Winn.

``We're three different quarterbacks completely,'' Luallen said on Tuesday. ``Obviously I'm more of a running guy. Munchie is kind of a combination of both. Brendon can run, too, but he's obviously your prototypical pocket passer.''

Jones is trying to keep Temple guessing, going so far as to suggest that Luallen - a receiver who used to play quarterback - might start. He hadn't said anything like that to Luallen.

``That's news to me if that's the case,'' Luallen said. ``If it is, I'll be ready to go with whatever.''

Jones had been publicly supportive of Legaux, a junior who moved into the starting job this season. Only four days after saying he'd never considered changing quarterbacks, Jones benched him in the midst of another erratic performance.

In the last three games, Legaux completed only 45 percent of his passes for 508 yards, two touchdowns and those six interceptions.

Kay, a senior who figured he might never get a chance to play, replaced Legaux and threw for a touchdown on his second pass.

``I thought I played well,'' Kay said on Tuesday. ``Obviously there are things you can do better. I thought I managed the offense well.''

Jones also liked what he saw, saying Kay gave the offense a spark. He doesn't think changing quarterbacks would shake up the team.

``Here's the great thing about our football team, and it's different than any football team I've coached: They're resilient and they just go with the flow,'' Jones said. ``Even though they're extremely young, they just take it and go with it. They don't ask questions.''

The quarterbacks seem to be handling the uncertainty well.

``We've been together for three years now, all three of us,'' Luallen said. ``We've seen all kinds of different situations, from Munchie playing wide receiver (in the wildcat) to me playing other positions. We've all been together through a lot of stuff. It makes it easy to be able to cheer for one another.''

The Bearcats used their wildcat package more extensively against Syracuse. Luallen ran six times for 32 yards and completed a pass for 14 yards.

Winn also threw a touchdown pass off a trick play. He took a handoff, ran toward the line, then jumped and made a left-handed flip to an uncovered tight end, getting a touchdown off his first career pass.

Luallen would love the chance to throw a jump-pass.

``My role model is Tim Tebow, so I've watched him do that,'' Luallen said. ``That would be pretty neat, to do what he's done. That was a neat play. I liked that a lot.''


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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Need to Know: How many Redskins starters will take the field against the Jets?

Here is what you need to know on Thursday, August 16, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to play everybody’s favorite game, "Who the Heck is Going to Play in Tonight’s Preseason Game?

Jay Gruden has been able to play the game well, at least from his point of view. His goal is to tell the media as little as possible about his playing time plans. 

"I think defensively we will probably go that route,” Gruden said when asked if the starters will play against the Jets. “We’ll see offensively. We will wait and see who’s available to us due to injury and we’ll make that decision soon."

Let’s look at what this means for the defense first. We are likely to see first-round pick Daron Payne get his first game action in a Redskins uniform. He was still recovering from an ankle injury when the Redskins played the Patriots a week ago, although only a handful of starters participated so he may not have played anyway. Jonathan Allen sat last week as well, and he should get some snaps tonight. 

On the other hand, Matt Ioannidis suffered knee and ankle injuries against the Patriots and probably will sit this one out. 

All four starting linebackers are healthy and could play. Ryan Kerrigan (14 snaps) and Preston Smith (18) played a few series in the second preseason game against the Packers last year. Zach Brown and Mason Foster both stuck around for 20 snaps. 

In the secondary, Josh Norman has been healthy and may play. D.J. Swearinger said earlier this week that he would like to play, but he has been sitting out some practices with a minor ailment, so he may be out. I would look for significant snaps to be played by Quinton Dunbar and, especially, new top nickel cornerback Fabian Moreau. 

On offense, the rehab schedule probably says that Jordan Reed, Trent Williams, and Morgan Moses are out. If the two starting tackles are out, you have to wonder if Gruden will put Alex Smith out there. I think that it’s likely that Smith will make his debut in a Redskins uniform, especially after he sat out last week, but it’s no sure thing. 

We should see the starting interior line of Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, and Brandon Scherff as well as running back Rob Kelley. Paul Richardson is a good bet to line up at wide receiver, but Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson may sit due to minor injuries

So, out of the currently anticipated 22 Week 1 starters, 15 should see action if Smith plays. That may not make the game worth the price of regular-season admission but we could have a quarter or so of reasonably good football. 

Bureau of statistics

Last year, 19 of the players who started in Week 1 against the Eagles started the second preseason game. 

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The agenda

Today: Redskins vs. Jets 8 p.m. ESPN

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 8 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 16 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 24 days

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