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Redskins QB Situation: Case Keenum wins the day but may have also revealed a flaw

Redskins QB Situation: Case Keenum wins the day but may have also revealed a flaw

As the Redskins have an honest-to-goodness quarterback battle raging at training camp, each day of practice there will be an updated post on what passer won the day. 

RICHMOND — Aside from the Sunday practice where Dwayne Haskins was on fire, the Redskins quarterback battle down here has been a back and forth between the veterans. Thursday's practice featured moments for both Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, but in the end, you can give the edge to Keenum.

With that being said, while he may have won this particular session, he may have also revealed a key flaw that could hold him back from taking the overall job.

You probably know by now that Haskins has the strongest arm among the three vying to start in Week 1. McCoy and Keenum were thought to be pretty much even, yet so far, McCoy's arm appears to have more life to it.

For example, in one 7-on-7 play, Brian Quick broke open deep down the left sideline. Keenum made the right read, picked him out and lofted a pass to him. The ball had a lot of air underneath it, causing Quick to slow down and essentially stop to make the grab.

So, was it a chunk completion? Sure. With a better, stronger throw, though, that chunk completion turns into a huge touchdown.

That's what's meant by saying Keenum played the best on Thursday while also showing he may not be the best man for the job. Of course, arm strength is far from the only thing that'll decide this, but it'll be a factor.

Haskins will rarely need more zip on his ball and McCoy's solid with his intermediate to downfield looks. Keenum, on the other hand, seems to come up short the more he extends himself. In a race as tight as this, every difference like that is worth noting.

Day 7 QB Performance:

  1. Case Keenum
  2. Colt McCoy
  3. Dwayne Haskins

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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President Trump commends sports commissioners, reportedly says NFL should start on time

President Trump commends sports commissioners, reportedly says NFL should start on time

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country's sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.

After the conference call that included the president, two of his advisers and 13 sports commissioners ended, ESPN reported that Trump "believes the NFL season should start on time in September."

The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and MLB postponing the start of its season.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field. No representatives of the NCAA were reported to be in the call.

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The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his "national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry." He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.

A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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