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It’s not what you want to hear, but the Redskins won’t be turning to Dwayne Haskins for the Vikings game

It’s not what you want to hear, but the Redskins won’t be turning to Dwayne Haskins for the Vikings game

He may have gone just 9-of-12 for 77 yards in a shutout loss against the 49ers on Sunday, but Case Keenum will remain starter for the Redskins when they travel to Minnesota this coming Thursday.

Bill Callahan confirmed that in his press conference following the rainy Week 7 matchup at FedEx Field.

“We still have a lot of faith in Case and his ability,” the coach told reporters.

That’s not going to be what fans want to hear, and neither is this: Sticking with Case makes a decent amount of sense, at least for a few more days. After that, however, is when it needs to end.

The main reason is because of the quick turnaround from Sunday’s contest to Thursday’s game. The Redskins will gather just twice at their Ashburn practice facility this week and will only conduct walkthroughs. That’s not enough time or enough work for a rookie QB looking to make his debut.

Also, while it will be easy to point at Keenum’s measly stats versus the Niners, it’s necessary to note that the weather made it essentially impossible to throw more than 10 yards downfield unless a receiver was totally by himself. Very few signal callers would’ve been successful in that kind of rain.

Now, unless Keenum completely stars when facing the Vikings, the Burgundy and Gold should finally turn to Haskins. In fact, they should probably give him the nod regardless of what Keenum does. He’ll have a few extra days to prepare for the Bills in Week 9 and Washington needs to start evaluating him.

The Burgundy and Gold could’ve gone to Haskins earlier this year – not playing him in Miami was a questionable decision to many – but it’s understandable why they don’t want to insert him now.

That’ll cause uproar among fans, but wait it out one more game. If he’s not under center for that visit to Buffalo, then any and all uproar will be justified.

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Donald Penn encouraged by Dwayne Haskins' outburst at teammates during loss to Jets

Donald Penn encouraged by Dwayne Haskins' outburst at teammates during loss to Jets

When 36-year-old left tackle signed Donald Penn signed with the Redskins midway through training camp, it's likely the thought of a 1-9 start to the 2019 season never crossed his mind.

But after the Redskins embarrassing 34-17 Week 11 loss to the Jets, that's the reality. The Burgundy and Gold have played three different quarterbacks, and none have been very effective. They rank in the bottom three in the NFL in points-per-drive, plays-per-drive, and drives in which they are forced to go three-and-out.

So late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss, after QB Dwayne Haskins and the offense were unable to muster anything on offense once again, the rookie signal-caller was captured on video asking his offensive linemen: "What do I have to do to help you?" 

The moment went viral on social media, as many people had differing opinions on the exchange. But Penn, like his fellow offensive tackle Morgan Moses, was encouraged, rather than displeased, about Haskins' pep talk.

"His heart is into it. He had a nice little speech at the end," Penn said on Haskins. "We have to make it easier on him. It's not flowing right now. We have to figure out how to get stuff flowing."

Although it was just Haskins' second start, Penn was encouraged by the leadership the rookie showed.

"He's a young guy trying to be a leader," Penn said. "He's trying to step in and help out as much as possible."

With the Redskins down 13-0 early in the second quarter, Haskins provided the offense with a much-needed spark. The rookie evaded pressure, stepped up in the pocket and unleashed a 67-yard pass to fellow rookie Terry McLaurin, the team's first chunk play in weeks. Unfortunately, the play was called back due to a holding penalty on guard Brandon Scherff.  

Penn, who was in shock about the call, sprinted up the field, voicing his opinion on the matter to the officials. The referee crew believed Penn went a step too far, as they threw another flag, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the 14-year-veteran. The two penalties put the Redskins in an unfavorable down and distance, which led to another Washington punt.

After the game, Penn was upset with himself for letting his emotions get the best of him in the heat of the moment.

"For me being a 14-year year guy and a leader, I got to keep my cool. The young guys look at me," Penn said. "I'm going to go apologize to everybody. I'm the oldest dude on the team. If they see me react like that, they are going to react like that. I have to be a better guy, but after so many weeks, it's just like, [sighs], it starts eating at you. I kind of lost it."

Penn's reaction, for the most part, was understandable. The Redskins struggles on offense have been visible all season long, and when the team finally thought to have a big play, one that could have given them a spark and changed the outcome of the game, it was called back due to penalty.

For Penn, calls like these have gone against the Burgundy and Gold all season.

"I played for the Raiders for five years, I thought we had a target on our back then," Penn said. "But this team is way different. We can't get away with anything. It's crazy."

With Washington firmly out of the playoff hunt, the rest of the season should be about the development of their young talent -- Haskins, McLaurin, and running back Derrius Guice.

Although the team has not done much winning on the field, Penn is encouraged by Haskins' work ethic and drive to be better.

"He's done a great job for what position he's being put in. My hats off to him. He's working hard, and you can tell," Penn said. "He's trying to win. Everybody wants to win."

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: How does Tua Tagovailoa's injury shake up the draft?

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: How does Tua Tagovailoa's injury shake up the draft?

The college football world was put into a frenzy this past Saturday, as Alabama quarterback and potential 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip vs. Mississippi State. He underwent surgery on Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Doctors anticipate a full recovery for Tagovailoa, but the Alabama QB will almost certainly be unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Once the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, how much will his draft status be altered?

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Even with Tagovailoa's status uncertain, the 2020 NFL Draft us still loaded at the quarterback position. Will teams look to LSU's Joe Burrow or Oregon's Justin Herbert as the answer? 

Outside of quarterback, this draft is expected to be loaded with pass rushers and wide receivers.

Will the trio of Alabama's wide receivers -- Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith -- all be first-round picks? What about Clemson's Tee Higgins and Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb?

Ohio State's Chase Young will steal all the headlines at pass rusher, but LSU's K’Lavon Chaisson and Iowa's A.J. Epenesa are both sure to be first-round picks. Where do they end up?

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As we saw with Tagovailoa, things can change in an instant. The draft order is still uncertain, as there are still several weeks or football to be played. But there are plenty of impact players in the 2020 Draft to help a plethora of teams.

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