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Jay Gruden Has Named The Washington Redskins' Starting QB

Redskins coach Jay Gruden clapping.

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins looks on prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins have a new starting quarterback to start the 2019 season. With Alex Smith still ailing from a career-threatening injury, the team has decided on his replacement.

On Sunday, Washington head coach Jay Gruden announced that Case Keenum would be the starter for the 2019 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Keenum beat out rookie Dwayne Haskins for the job with Colt McCoy injured.

Washington acquired Keenum in a trade with the Denver Broncos back in March. He went 6-10 as starter for the Broncos last season, and 11-3 as a starter for the Minnesota Vikings the year before.

He is coming off career highs in completions and passing yards, but also had 15 interceptions.

Keenum appeared to be the clear front-runner for the starting job throughout training camp and preseason. He was given the majority of first-team reps in games, and was efficient-enough with the offense.

Last year, Alex Smith got the Redskins off to a 6-4 start, and they seemed like they'd be NFC East contenders. But a severe leg injury cost him the rest of the season.

The combined efforts of backups Colt McCoy, Josh Johnson and Mark Sanchez went just 1-5 to finish 7-9.

Washington ended up with the No. 16 overall pick and used it to land Ohio State superstar Dwayne Haskins. But Haskins largely failed to impress in the preseason. He'll be relegated to the bench to start his rookie campaign.

Will Case Keenum start all 16 games for Washington?