Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 7, six days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.
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Preseason games loom large for backup QBs
RICHMOND—During practices here, observers keep a close eye on Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins. They are competing for the job of backing up starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. That is an important since history tells us that the backup could end up being the starter due to injury or ineffectiveness.
McCoy and Cousins have both had good plays and bad. Cousins does seem to be doing a better job of protecting the ball; interceptions have been few and far between after being at least a daily occurrence last year. McCoy struggles at times but when he gets into rhythm he can complete several in a row.
But after hearing what Jay Gruden had to say about how the backup jobs will be determined there may not be much of a point in making detailed notes about what goes on here at the Bon Secours training center.
“We’re going to let the preseason games really be the factor in how many we keep and who’s No. 2 and who’s No. 3,” said Gruden when asked about the quarterback depth chart.
As to how many quarterback they keep, it seems that Gruden is strongly leaning towards keep three, as the team did last year. He said that keeping three “is not etched in stone” but that it is “a good possibility”.
Gruden didn’t want to undersell the importance of having good practices but the real competition will start a week from today, Sept. 13 when the Redskins open their preseason in Cleveland.
“Right now they’re just going to continue to compete and take advantage of the reps they get,” he said. “But really once the games start – the Texans we’ll be a good test for them also – and then we have four good preseason games to make that determination.”
Of course, preseason games aren’t necessarily “good” to anyone except football coaches and players trying to make the team. But they will take on a higher level of interest this year as the possibility exists that the backup quarterback who plays the best in August will be under center with the starters at some point in October.
—Today’s schedule: Joint practice with Texans, 8:35
—It’s been 222 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 37 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 7; final cuts 29; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 48
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