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Redskins QB wants to battle for playing time, but now isn't the time

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Redskins QB wants to battle for playing time, but now isn't the time

In 2014, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins all started games at quarterback for the Redskins. For the 2015 season, coach Jay Gruden has installed Griffin as the starting QB, but the smart money would suggest at least one of the other passers makes a start, if not both.

Gruden made clear that beyond RG3, there is no depth chart at the quarterback position. Last week, Cousins said that he just wants a chance to compete for a job, and any questions about who is the No. 2 QB need to be directed to the coach. On Wednesday, Colt McCoy reiterated that stance.

"I don't spend my time thinking about the depth chart. I just want to come out here and compete," McCoy said.

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The University of Texas legend made four starts last season, and only lost his starting gig due to injury. McCoy impressed in a win at Dallas, and put up big numbers in a loss to Indianapolis. The Redskins QB situation is unique compared to the rest of the league in that all three players likely believe they should be the starter, and a case can be made for all three.

"We’re learning as an offensive group," Gruden said Wednesday. "Overall, I think all three quarterbacks have done some good things." 

Griffin has the most accomplishments, but they came in a rookie season made dynamic by his running ability. A new offense, and many injuries later, and it's unknown if RG3 can get back to that level of play. Cousins has shown an ability to win games and make impressive throws, but he has also shown a tendency to turn the ball over at a high rate, a trait that gets QBs benched on any level.

And then there's Colt. The oldest of the three at 28, McCoy has played in the NFL for five seasons; three in Cleveland, one in San Francisco, and last year in Washington. Despite his time in the pros, this will be the first time McCoy plays in the same system for a second season in a row. 

"I feel like for the first time in my career," he said, "I'm really trying to benefit from that."

That could mean a lot for McCoy. Last season, he completed more than 70 percent of his passes with four TDs and three INTs. McCoy also moves well in and out of the pocket, and in a way, that makes him a better candidate to back up Griffin than Cousins. Where McCoy can run the same offense that's implemented for Griffin, including any designed QB runs, Cousins is more of a traditional pocket passer. 

For his part, McCoy said he is not worried about the depth chart at quarterback. Yet.

"You just can't get into that right now. That's reserved more for training camp," McCoy said. "When you get to Richmond, you're starting to think about the season."

Gruden knows his current stance is not pleasing for Cousins or McCoy.

"They’re not happy with their role but they understand it and they’re just continuing to work and they both know that they deserve a chance to play and they want a chance to play but their also waiting their turn while helping Robert whatever way they can," the coach said. "Those are two great guys to have on your football team and I would feel I have no problems letting either one of them be two or three."

Since it's June, sure, everyone is all right with the waiting game. Once training camp starts in Richmond, and all three passers get chances in preseason games, the feelings may shift. Dramatically. 

"Competition everywhere," McCoy said. "I'm excited for it."

Griffin is clearly QB1 heading to Richmond, Gruden reiterated that. But the coach also allowed that once the games start, anything can happen.

"We still have got to play games," the coach said. "We have announced Robert as the starter obviously and we’re going to go from there."

In about a month, the competition gets very real. 

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At long last, finally some good news for Alex Smith and Redskins, per report

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At long last, finally some good news for Alex Smith and Redskins, per report

Since breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg in mid-November, Alex Smith endured an intense recovery that included surgeries to fix the spiral fractures in his bones as well as multiple procedures to fight off infection in the leg. 

The good news, finally, is that Smith is now out of the hospital and his prognosis has improved to the point that he might be able to return to the football field in 2019, ESPN reported.

Without Smith, the Redskins have been in a tailspin.

The team has lost four straight, including an embarrassing home loss to the New York Giants where Washington trailed 40-0 in the second half. 

After losing Smith, backup quarterback Colt McCoy broke his leg two weeks later in Philadelphia. Without a third QB anywhere on the roster, McCoy's injury forced the Redskins to turn to QB Mark Sanchez, who played terrible in his only start against New York. In the second half of that game, 'Skins coach Jay Gruden turned to Josh Johnson, another journeyman who has played on 12 teams in his career. On Sunday, Johnson will make his first start since the 2011 season when the Redskins face the Jaguars. 

On a personal level, Redskins fans should be happy that finally good news is emerging for Smith.

On a football level, Redskins fans should be equally happy that Smith might be able to return to the field next year. He will count for more than $20 million against the salary cap next season, healthy or not, and then $21 million in 2020.

Washington would be wise to add another QB in the 2019 NFL Draft, but with the type of money committed to Smith for the next few seasons, the team would face significant financial hurdles if he's not on the field. 

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Redskins at Jaguars Week 15: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Jaguars Week 15: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Things have gone downhill fast for the Redskins.

Washington turned in their worst performance of the season this past Sunday, falling to the lowly New York Giants 40-16 at home, marking four straight losses following a 6-3 start to the season. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was making his first start since 2015 in place of the injured Colt McCoy, did not last three quarters before he was benched for Josh Johnson. The team had signed Johnson, who had last thrown an NFL pass in 2011, just four days prior. Johnson had to play Madden in order to learn his teammates names.

Surprisingly, there is still a path to the playoffs, even with the team on their fourth quarterback of the season. On Sunday, they travel to Jacksonville for a clash with the Jaguars, a team that was just a few plays away from a Super Bowl berth earlier this calendar year. The Jaguars have been one of the most dissapointing teams in the NFL this season in terms of their preseason expectations, but present a tough challenge for the Redskins this Sunday nonetheless.

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REDSKINS vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS WEEK 15

Who: Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars

What: Game 14 of the 2018 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 16. 1:00 p.m ET

Where: TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: Watch Now with fuboTV -- TRY A FREE TRIAL

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Jaguars, -7

Over/Under: 36

Weather: 63 degrees, mostly sunny

REDSKINS at JAGUARS TV SCHEDULE:

11:30 AM: Inside the Redskins
12:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live (MyTeams App)
1:00 PM:  Redskins at Jaguars (CBS)
4:00 PM: Redskins Postgame Live (MyTeams App)
5:00 PM: Redskins Overtime Live (MyTeams App)

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REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)

Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (20-17, W)

Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (20-13, W)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (38-14, L)

Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (16-3 W)

Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (23-21 L)

Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (31-23 L)

Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (28-13 L)

Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (40-16, L)

Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 16: Sat., 12/22, @ Tennessee Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

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