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Training Camp Day 1: Trent Williams gets the headlines, but QBs will get the eyeballs

Training Camp Day 1: Trent Williams gets the headlines, but QBs will get the eyeballs

RICHMOND -- On the first day of practice for the Redskins 2019 training camp, all eyes will be on the quarterbacks. Or all eyes should be on the quarterbacks anyway. 

It will be the first time the coaching staff sees Colt McCoy, Case Keenum, and rookie Dwayne Haskins on the practice field at the same time, and it will be the first of a many-day battle to see which passer gets the starting job. 

"I feel confident in every one of our quarterbacks," head coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday. "They have a skill set that is beneficial to help this team win games. It comes down to which one will give us the best chance to win."

Here's the thing: the focus for the Redskins coaching staff needs to be on the quarterbacks. This team will get nowhere without decent quarterback play, and until either Keenum, McCoy or Haskins proves they can provide that consistently, the position remains a major question mark. 

That said, on Wednesday during the camp's opening press conference, questions about missing left tackle Trent Williams dominated the conversation. 

"Right now there are some things that he has to work out individually and personally, with his agent, professionally," Gruden said on the left tackle. "I don't take anything personal in this business, for sure. I love Trent, I love what he has done for this franchise and this team, but we expect him back soon."

Williams is the team's best player, and currently not in Richmond due to a contract holdout along with reported disputes with the team's medical staff. That situation doesn't seem to be resolving anytime soon. It's a major problem, Trent Williams is arguably the best tackle in the NFL, but the truth is he doesn't really need the reps in Richmond. 

The quarterbacks do. 

"We got to give these guys opportunities to make plays and see which one is the best," Gruden said. "It might come down to the wire."

While it might come down to the wire - Gruden even hinted that they might not know the starter until Week 1 in Philadelphia - the competition begins for real on Thursday. 

If Haskins wants to start Week 1, it's time for him to shine. 

If Keenum can recapture his 2017 form with the Vikings, that show needs to start in Richmond. 

If McCoy can run the offense as well as he knows it, that begins Thursday.

This is the most open QB battle in Washington in some time, at least since 2015. That year, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins held a secret battle as ownership wanted Griffin to remain the starter. Cousins showed he was the better option, and Gruden and Scot McCloughan convinced the front office to roll with Cousins. 

This year, there is no preconceived depth chart. Haskins is undoubtedly the future at QB, but there seems to be no immediate pressure for him to get on the field. 

After minicamp, it would be hard not to say Keenum looks like the leader to start Week 1. Then again, McCoy didn't practice at minicamp. That's been McCoy's trouble for much of his career, ill-timed injuries. Remember Gruden seemed like he was going to stick with McCoy as his QB1 way back in 2014 until an injury got Cousins back in the lineup. 

RG3. Cousins. Those names don't matter anymore. 

Now it's Keenum, Haskins, McCoy. The QB battle is on. It's time to pay attention. 


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    Terry McLaurin continues to dominate the Eagles with an electric 75-yard touchdown

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    Terry McLaurin continues to dominate the Eagles with an electric 75-yard touchdown

    In Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, Terry McLaurin introduced himself to opposing defenses, specifically the Eagles secondary, as he racked up 125 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

    Since then, the rookie receiver has continued to showcase his talent, establishing himself as Washington's No. 1 target and a pass catcher that all teams should fear. Through incredible catches and strong runs after the receptions, he's shown he can do it all.

    So with the Eagles coming to town in Week 15 for a divisional battle, what would he do for an encore? It didn't take long for Philadelphia to find out.

    Catching a pass from Dwayne Haskins on a slant, McLaurin turned upfield, left the secondary in the dust and sprinted into the end zone for a 75-yard score to give Washington a 7-3 lead in the first half.

    Not only did the touchdown show McLaurin's ability, but it also displayed the growing connection between him and Haskins. Teammates in college, the two are still continuing to get more comfortable with each other. Plays like that are a sign of things to come, something that will please Redskins fans and even get a smile out of their former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who was reportedly in attendance for Sunday's game.

    If McLaurin is doing this in his rookie year, the Eagles are not going to enjoy the coming years.


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    Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

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    Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

    One of Trent Williams’ dogs involved in a fight with his neighbor’s dog received stitches on several deep cuts after the incident, according to a video shared by Williams on Twitter.

    Redskins running back Derrius Guice posted a video of Williams' pitbull on Twitter. Williams quote- tweeted it on his account, echoing Guice’s statement with shouting emojis.

    Warning: The video, which is linked here, is graphic and may be disturbing to some readers. 

    The fight, which occurred in Missouri City, Texas, resulted in the death of the neighbor’s dog, Sandy. Williams' neighbors told local TV station ABC 13 that the dogs at his house are a menace to the neighborhood. "We've been here three years, and I'll definitely tell you my family and I feel like prisoners in our own neighborhood," said neighbor Cecelia Hernandez.

    Williams defended his pets, telling ABC 13 that Sandy sent the dog she attacked to the veterinarian’s office fighting for its life. The procedures cost about $5,000 in medical bills.

    Local police and animal control are no longer investigating the incident. Neither Williams nor his neighbors were charged.