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Bill Callahan might not admit it but Case Keenum is the Redskins starting QB

Bill Callahan might not admit it but Case Keenum is the Redskins starting QB

The Redskins returned to practice Wednesday afternoon but under the watchful eye of Bill Callahan, not Jay Gruden. Plenty looked different at the first practice under the new coaching regime, but after the session, Callahan played a club out of Gruden's 2019 bag: refusing to name a starting quarterback. 

"We're going to take a look at all three quarterbacks where they're at from a health perspective, how they're moving and basically go from there," the Redskins new coach said Wednesday. 

A quick refresher for any Washingtonians that have been sleeping under a rock for five weeks: The Redskins have no consensus at the sport's most important position. Case Keenum started the first four games, and while the first two games were fine, the second two were bad. He had six turnovers in six quarters between starts against the Bears and Giants. Rookie Dwayne Haskins relieved Keenum against the Giants, but he was bad too. He had three INTs in the second half, and while his potential is still unmatched on the squad, the questions about his readiness are real. Colt McCoy started last week against the Patriots, and he didn't impress either. He was sacked seven times and threw an interception, but at the same time, New England is on pace to shatter a number of defensive records. 

Looking at all of it, it's reasonable if Callahan truly wasn't ready to name a starter. Nobody has taken the job and run with it, and it's clear Haskins needs to get more practice work before he takes over the gig. But that's not the case. 

Callahan has done everything but officially name the starter. 

On Wednesday as practice started, Keenum faced his teammates during warmup stretching, flanked by the other team captains. That moment right there established that Keenum was back installed as the starting quarterback. There was also a report from Ian Rapoport that said Keenum will be the team's starter this weekend in Miami, and team sources confirmed that Wednesday evening. 

The decision to go back to Keenum is curious. He injured his foot against the Bears and is still on the injury report. McCoy and Haskins aren't. Some might wonder if McCoy's connections to Gruden are hurting him in the race, but that's a hard question to get an answer for after a coaching change. Callahan has also made clear that Haskins will get more practice work this week and going forward, something Gruden didn't do. 

Regardless, it might not be official, but barring an injury setback Keenum will be the starting quarterback when the Redskins take on the Dolphins. 

It's an absolute must-win game for Washington, and Keenum will be at the helm. 


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DeAngelo Hall wants to rejoin the Redskins, but this time, in the front office

DeAngelo Hall wants to rejoin the Redskins, but this time, in the front office

Plenty of signs point to the Redskins making significant changes in the front office and coaching staff this offseason and former Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall wants to help rebuild the organization. 

"I've always wanted to be a part of this front office and help make the Redskins a dominant team again," Hall said via text message to NBC Sports Washington. 

Hall's comments come amid speculation that Redskins' team president Bruce Allen could be on his way out. Allen has run the Redskins for a decade, and in that time the team has no playoff wins and a record of nearly 30 games under .500. 

Since his playing career ended in 2017, Hall has kept plenty busy working with NFL Network (and for one season at NBC Sports Washington). He was also connected to potential coaching jobs with the Redskins and at the University of Maryland. As a player, Hall lined up at cornerback and safety for the Redskins during 10 seasons in the Burgundy and Gold. He made 23 career interceptions in Washington and made the Pro Bowl in 2010. Injuries marred his last four seasons as a Redskins, but from 2009 to 2013 Hall was a serious playmaker.

As an analyst Hall seems highly capable of breaking down defenses as well as grading personnel. And while he doesn't have personnel experience, multiple young players in the Redskins organization credited Hall for helping their careers develop, including Bashaud Breeland and Quinton Dunbar. Hall made such an impact on Dunbar that he changed his number to 23 after Hall retired. 

Hall made clear he's not trying to replace Allen and that he could work with the current team president should he stay in position. Hall also doesn't expect to be named general manager; he just wants a role that can help the organization.

One big spot Hall could help? The Trent Williams' situation.

It might be impossible to fix the relationship between Williams and the Redskins, but if anybody could, Hall would be the guy. Throughout Williams' contract holdout this fall, Hall had the best pulse of the situation. In fact, for a while, it seemed like Hall was the only person with ties to ties to the Redskins organization speaking with Williams. 

Now, obviously Williams won't come back to Washington as long as Allen is in charge. His recent comments have made that abundantly clear. Should Allen get fired, however, Williams does have one year remaining on his contract in Washington. Maybe Hall, in a front-office role, could convince Williams to come back to Ashburn and rescind his trade demand. Stranger things have happened. 

The Redskins have a number of young players in the secondary with Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland leading the way. Hall in the building every day could help those players. 

Hall played for 14 seasons in the NFL, many of them at a high level. He's open about some of his missteps from when he was a young player and has a natural charisma that is hard to replicate. Ask Breeland or Dunbar how Hall helped their career. Ask Williams what Hall means to him on a personal level. 

For a team that has burned many bridges with players, current and former, a guy like Hall could be a big asset. 


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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire adds for Week 15

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire adds for Week 15

Week 15 has arrived and the waiver wire is getting slimmer and slimmer.

The playoffs have arrived and hopefully, you made it. Congrats on a terrific season, but now its time to hunker down and improve your squad.

All Waiver Wire candidates must be available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.

WEEK 15 Waiver Wire Options

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: at Colts
Available in 76.4% of ESPN leagues

Darius Slayton, WR, New England Patriots
Opponent: vs. Eagles
Available in 73.6% of ESPN leagues

A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: vs. Texans
Available in 68.7% of ESPN leagues