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Grant Paulsen: Why Case Keenum should start over Dwayne Haskins

Grant Paulsen: Why Case Keenum should start over Dwayne Haskins

The moment the Washington Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the team knew it would have a quarterback battle this offseason and into training camp.

Will rookie Haskins start in Game 1 for the Redskins? Will he even be ready? Or will the team turn to veteran Case Keenum — who Washington traded for prior to the draft — to lead the way while Haskins prepares still for the next level.

We asked our analysts to weigh in, and Grant Paulsen said if he were in Redskins coach Jay Gruden’s position, the 106.7 The Fan radio host and NBC Sports Washington analyst would go with Keenum — at least at first. He said Haskins’ development is what matters most.

“He’s got just [14] starts since he was playing at Bullis high school,” Paulsen said. “His inexperience is going to become very evident come the preseason, come training camp. This is a guy that needs reps. He’s got a lot to learn.

"He was a dominant quarterback, a prolific passer at Ohio State, but there are a lot of things he’s going to experience in the NFL that he has not seen yet.”

The 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist led the nation with 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns with a 70.0 completion percentage.

But, as Paulsen pointed out, he also entered last season with only 171 plays on offense from his freshman year, and he started in every game in the Buckeyes’ 13-1 season. 

However, Paulsen added that perhaps by the time Week 5 or 6 roll around, Haskins could be up to speed and ready to assume the starting job — assuming some catastrophic situation doesn’t change the situation. 

Paulsen’s explanation for not immediately starting the high-profile quarterback could, however, intrigue Redskins fans, even if they don’t love the idea of drafting him that high and not getting him on the field. He broke down two primary benefits he sees in this hypothetical situation.

"I think you’ve got a very arduous portion of your schedule to begin the year," he continued. "Second, I think it will give fans something to look forward to. It’ll give them something to chant for if things do get ugly those first few games."

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Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

The NFL is doing whatever it can to limit the potential financial losses for the 2020 season, which will be directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The league has proposed that 35% of each player's salary is held as a way to eschew costs for the lost revenue the league may face due to the pandemic, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero,

As expected, the idea did not sit well with many of the league's players.

Several players across the NFL, such as Saints star wideout Michael Thomas and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, laughed at the idea on Twitter.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents numerous clients across the league, called the proposal an "absurd ask by the NFL."

Detroit Lions cornerback Jamal Agnew simply said, "no thank you."

A labor war in the NFL could begin just days after Major League Baseball and its players association ended an ugly fight with a commissioner-imposed 60-game season. The NFL will hope to avoid any type of back-and-forth the MLB underwent this summer, which ultimately cost the league numerous games in 2020.

RELATED: NFLPA VOTES TO CUT PRESEASON GAMES FOR 2020

Even if players' salaries are not ultimately held and business goes on as usual, the NFL will look significantly different this fall.

It's still uncertain whether fans will be allowed to attend games, and the league has already announced that the first six to eight rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, the preseason has already been reduced to two games, with the potential of it being canceled altogether.

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Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.

Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.

If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.

Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.

Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.

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