Will Jay Gruden start Colt McCoy over first-round pick Dwayne Haskins?

Shalise Manza Young
Yahoo Sports Columnist

There was a report last week from the Washington Post that Washington coach Jay Gruden may have been coaching for his job against the New York Giants.

Washington fell to 0-4, and as of this writing Gruden is still the team’s head coach.

While Gruden pulled ineffective journeyman Case Keenum in the second quarter on Sunday and gave rookie first-rounder Dwayne Haskins his first NFL snaps, it may not be Haskins’ team – not yet.

Could Colt McCoy start Sunday vs. Patriots?

Three quarterbacks, no clear starter: Washington head coach Jay Gruden may start now-healthy Colt McCoy, right, over rookie Dwayne Haskins, left. Case Keenum, center, was benched on Sunday. (AP)

On Monday, NFL Network reported that Gruden may start the team’s other journeyman QB, Colt McCoy, against the New England Patriots.

McCoy returned to full practice last week, as he had some setbacks recovering from the broken right fibula he suffered last December; he’s undergone three surgeries since the injury, and while he played in the preseason, his leg began hurting again and was able to return to the field only last week.

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Gruden reportedly likes McCoy, a 33-year-old who started two games for Washington last season (both losses). McCoy has been with Washington since 2014.

Haskins looked raw

Haskins completed just nine of 17 passes for 107 yards, and he had three second-half interceptions, one of which was taken back for a touchdown.

When the 15th overall draft selection came into the game, Washington was down 14-0. He led the offense to its only points of the game on his first possession. Haskins’ first two snaps were handoffs to Adrian Peterson, followed by an incompletion. After another handoff, this to Chris Thompson for no gain, he completed passes of 9 and 6 yards, the second to convert a third down and keep things moving. Haskins nearly scored on his eighth play, a 14-yard scramble, but was stopped at the 1.

Washington had to settle for the field goal.

Gruden has been saying from nearly the day Haskins was drafted that he needs time, and Haskins said last week he was OK with sitting, noting that Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers didn’t play much as rookies either.

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