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Bengals: 3 reasons Case Keenum is the right bridge QB for a rookie like Burrow

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Case Keenum #8 of the Washington Redskins calls out instructions in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Case Keenum #8 of the Washington Redskins calls out instructions in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Washington Redskins talks to Case Keenum #8 during warm ups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Washington Redskins talks to Case Keenum #8 during warm ups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

As if once wasn’t enough, Case Keenum would again be a placeholder, but this time in Washington as the Redskins would work to get Dwayne Haskins ready to assume the starter’s role. It wasn’t perfect for Keenum, but he went to a team that would be looking to draft a quarterback, just as they were in Los Angeles when the Rams selected Goff.

Keenum would eventually give way to Haskins, before getting one last start in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys. At the age of 31, Keenum could have been auditioning for his next gig. Based on history, it could again be to a team needing to buy time before a chosen rookie is ready for the full-time job.

In the run-up to the last game of the 2019 season in Dallas, an interview in the Washington Post was telling for a player who understands that being a starter is one thing, but getting to play football can be a separate thing. In Washington, when it was clear he was not the future especially with Haskins waiting, Keenum kept it professional.

Keenum is smart to know and understand how a league like the NFL works. He also likes to play football, which means even serving as a placeholder for a rookie quarterback is still a good job, as he now knows very well.

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