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Why Josh Rosen would fit in with the Redskins, according to Dan Orlovsky

Why Josh Rosen would fit in with the Redskins, according to Dan Orlovsky

The Washington Redskins began taking necessary steps to solve their quarterback problem Thursday by reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Denver Broncos for Case Keenum.

An undrafted rookie out of Houston in 2012, Keenum has called several teams home along the way, most notably leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2018. Now he heads to D.C. in a deal that seems like a good fit for both sides.

The added layer to this trade is that the Redskins may not be done trading for a QB. Acquiring Keenum only cost the Redskins $3.5 million and a 2020 sixth round pick for a seventh, meaning they have money to spend elsewhere or even trade Keenum for another quarterback. Maybe one by the name of Josh Rosen?

Former NFL quarterback and NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky explained to 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies how Rosen would fit within the Redskins' offensive scheme.

"I do think that Rosen is very good in the play-action game," Orlovsky said. "The challenge of the play-action game is to do it really well you've got to have a very sharp mind because you're turning your back to the defense...and when you go back last year, most of Rosen's success in Arizona was part of the play-action game. I know Jay [Gruden] likes the play-action game, and so I do think there is that marriage there. Like i said, he's young enough where you can shape this player to being what you want him to be."

In his rookie season with the Cardinals, Rosen never really broke through as a force to be reckoned with. Through 14 games he was 217-for-393 (55.2%) for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while being sacked 45 times..

"Here's the reality, Josh Rosen, like any other quarterback, he needs some kind of structure, Orlovsky added. "If it happens, this would be his sixth offense in five years. That's incredibly difficult for any player - a kicker - let alone the most important position in the NFL. So, the big thing is getting him to a place, whether it's Arizona and there is no draft pick for Kyler Murray, or get him into a place where you go, 'Alright take a deep breath and breath. You're going to be here and so are these people around you for the next couple of years. Let's allow you to really blossom under the same type of system, same type of coaching, same type of voice." 


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Rushing to judgment on Dwayne Haskins? Maybe these numbers will change your mind

Rushing to judgment on Dwayne Haskins? Maybe these numbers will change your mind

Dwayne Haskins has thrown 57 passes in his first two NFL starts, and while everyone — from Dwayne to his coaches to his teammates to Redskins fans — would've liked those attempts to have generated more production and success, it's necessary to keep that number in mind.

Again: He's thrown just 57 passes as a starter in the NFL.

Despite that miniscule amount, some are rushing to judgment about the rookie's long-term future in the league. It's more than fine to look at what he's done through two starts and closely analyze it and even criticize some of it, but it's far too early to say definitively what he will become as a pro.

(Note: His appearances against the Giants and Vikings aren't being taken into consideration in this story, due to him coming into both contests while trailing and without a full week of reps with the first-stringers. He struggled in New York and Minnesota, but he was put in spots where struggles were almost certain.)

To put it simply: His past two efforts, while discouraging, don't mean he's a completely doomed passer who should start considering other careers. And to emphasize that fact, here's an exercise.

Let's put the stat lines from a few quarterbacks' first two starts next to each other, but withhold their names. For example, check out what this pair of signal callers did in their first and second times out as the No. 1 option: 

  • QB A - 34-of-52 (65.3-percent completion rate), 466 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs
  • QB B - 34-of-67 (50.7-percent completion rate), 357 yards, 1 TD, 5 INTs

QB A is a baller while QB B is a scrub, right? Not exactly. QB A is Marcus Mariota. QB B is Matthew Stafford. Mariota is currently sitting behind Ryan Tannehill and almost surely won't be a Titan in 2020, while Stafford has been entrenched in Detroit since 2009.

Here's another comparsion: 

  • QB A - 45-of-66 (68.1-percent completion rate), 446 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
  • QB B - 22-of-46 (47.8-percent completion rate), 319 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs

Look at that 20-plus percent difference in completion percentage between QB A and QB B, plus the large edge the former has over the latter in yardage. Well, QB A is EJ Manuel and QB B is Matt Ryan. Yep.

The point of this story is setting in by now, but here's one more side-by-side: 

  • QB A - 34-of-57 (59.6-percent completion rate), 358 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT 
  • QB B - 43-of-76 (56.6-percent completion rate), 533 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs 

QB A doesn't come close to matching QB B's yardage output, but he does have a slightly better (though still not ideal) completion percentage and two fewer picks. Turns out, QB A is actually Dwayne Haskins while QB B is Andrew Luck. If there were any folks in Indy ready to call Luck a bust through two starts, they surely now realize how foolish they were being then.

Of course, there have been young players — like Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes — who looked like stars the minute they took over. Unfortunately, Haskins doesn't find himself on that immediate path.

Also, while it'd be unfair for the Redskins to make a decision on whether Haskins is the answer after he's started twice, the reality is he may only get six more chances. Washington is going to have a premium draft pick next April and could choose another highly touted arm. It doesn't need to settle on how it feels about Haskins yet, but that date could be coming somewhat soon, meaning he must improve quickly.

Regardless, those who want to grade Haskins and evaluate him right now absolutely can, but those who want to call it one way or the other need to stop. As the above numbers show, if two starts was the be-all and end-all for pro passers, Marcus Mariota would be a legend while Matt Ryan would be selling insurance.


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Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

The Redskins cut former Buccaneers second-round pick Noah Spence Tuesday and promoted Carroll Phillips from the practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport

Washington signed Spence in mid-September after the Bucs cut him at the end of training camp.

Hopes were high for Spence in Tampa after he recorded 5.5 sacks in his rookie season, but has only recorded two sacks in the three seasons following 2016. 

Phillips joined the Redskins practice squad in Week 9 after playing in limited snaps with the Jaguars and Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2017. 

The Illinois product figures to be the fourth man in the Redskins pass rush rotation behind Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson.