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Mike Florio: The Redskins should start the QB who 'puts you in the best position to win'

Mike Florio: The Redskins should start the QB who 'puts you in the best position to win'

It's no secret: It's playoffs or bust for the Redskins in 2019.

Head coach Jay Gruden has even said it himself, knowing that his job is in jeopardy if the team fails to reach the postseason for a fourth consecutive season.

As the Redskins prepare for 2019, there is one question that remains above the rest: who will start at quarterback in 2019? Will Gruden start rookie Dwayne Haskins, who the Redskins selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, or turn to veteran Case Keenum, who the team traded for earlier this offseason? Colt McCoy, who has been with the team since 2014, is also in the mix for the job.

When it comes to 'The Dwayne Decision,' NBC Sports ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio believes that the decision comes down to what the franchise is trying to accomplish in 2019. 

"I think where this franchise is right now, the best play is to go with the guy who puts you in the best position to win," he said.

"The philosophical question Washington needs to ask itself: does Washington try to win now, or do we push Haskins onto the field?" Florio continued. "[Do we] let him take his lumps and acknowledge that will make him better in 2020, 2021, and beyond."

When the Redskins selected Haskins at No. 15, they drafted him to be the franchise quarterback of the future. That does not mean he has to play right away, especially if he's not the best option for the team to win come Week 1, according to Florio.

"Winning football games and getting into the playoffs this year is a must," Florio said. "You can always hold Haskins until 2020, but if Case Keenum is the right way to go, or Colt McCoy, to win games, then that should be the direction that Washington takes."

Florio made sure that by suggesting that Keenum or McCoy may be the better option come Week 1, he still believes Haskins has all the tools to be a successful NFL QB.

"I think Dwayne Haskins has the potential to be a great quarterback," Florio said. "A lot of the knocks on him prior to the draft were just inaccurate. People say, 'he's not mobile.' He is mobile, he's very mobile. He moves around behind the pocket, he buys time. He makes things happen."

But Florio also thinks that Keenum can do many of the same things that Haskins can.

"Case Keenum is an underrated quarterback," Florio said. "He's been passed around from team to team. He had a special season in 2017 [with the Vikings]. So when it comes down to 'The Dwayne Decision,' it could be that Keenum is the better guy for 2019. Throw Colt McCoy in there as well. He knows the offense, maybe he puts the team in the best position to win."

Haskins is the Redskins quarterback of the future. But he doesn't have to be the quarterback of the present if he doesn't immediately give the Redskins their best chance to win.


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Derrius Guice out for Week 15 vs. Eagles as he awaits MRI results

Derrius Guice out for Week 15 vs. Eagles as he awaits MRI results

The injuries just keep coming for Derrius Guice.

The second-year running back will miss the Redskins Week 15 contest against Philadelphia after suffering a left knee injury against Green Bay, interim head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday. The injury is on the same knee that Guice tore his ACL in just a year ago that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.

The severity of the injury is still unclear. Guice underwent an MRI on his knee earlier on Monday. The team is still waiting for the results.

Guice missed eight weeks earlier this season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss in Philadelphia. He was placed on injured reserve and returned in Week 11.

Entering Sunday's contest, Guice was coming off the best game of his young career. In Week 13, the second-year veteran ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries in the Redskins' victory over Carolina.

Guice seemed on his way to another big game in Green Bay before getting hurt. He finished with 42 yards on just five carries, including a 23-yard run, the play he suffered the injury on.

The LSU product has shown flashes of how good he can be, but injuries keep occurring for Guice. He's played in five NFL games in his two-year career and been forced to leave the game early in three of those.

Whether the injuries are just a series of bad luck or not, the Redskins need Guice to stay healthy.


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    2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

    2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

    The College Football Playoff committee announced the four schools selected for this playoff, and each program is full of NFL talent.

    So it's not a shock to anyone that in our latest mock draft, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma all have multiple players projected to go in the first round.


    LSU, the No. 1 seed in the playoff, also has on its roster the likely Heisman Trophy winner and consensus No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Joe Burrow. The Tigers have multiple players in their secondary expected to go in the first round, such as safety Grant Delpit and cornerback Kristian Fulton. Where will they end up?

    While Burrow may be the consensus top pick, Ohio State has whom many consider to be the best player in the draft in edge rusher Chase Young. Could he be an option for the Redskins at No. 3, where they would select if the season ended today, or will he be off the draft board by then? 

    The Buckeyes defense is a lot more than just Young. Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is widely considered the top cornerback in this year's class, and safety Jordan Fuller would likely be a first-round pick in past years.

    Clemson's offense deserves a lot of credit, but perhaps their best NFL prospect comes from the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Isaiah Simmons. He has the ability to go after the quarterback, but also make plays in coverage and is all over the field.

    A little undersized, Simmons will be an impact player for any team right away. Where does he land?


    Oklahoma has had the NFL's No. 1 overall pick the past two seasons in quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. While Jalen Hurts has had a spectacular season, he's not the prospect either one of those signal-callers was.

    However, the Sooners do arguably have the best wide receiver in the draft in CeeDee Lamb. In a deep wide receiver class, can Lamb jump over Alabama's Jerry Jeudy or Clemson's Tee Higgins to be the first receiver selected?

    The 2019 College Football Playoff will be without Alabama for the first time in history. Although the Crimson Tide won't compete for a National Championship, the amount of NFL talent they have on their roster is impossible to ignore.

    In our latest Mock Draft, the Crimson Tide have nine (!!) first-round selections, by far the most of any school. 

    A lot can change between now and April, but college football's elite programs are expected to dominate the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.