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John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him

Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 11:03 pm
 
J. Beck played well against Indianapolis in the preseason (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If John Beck is unofficially the official starting QB this year for Washington, he proved tonight that he might actually be ready, looking awfully competent against an uninterested Colts defense while completing 14 of 17 passes for 140 yards.

Yes, yes. Cue the “it’s only the preseason” comments, and that’s most definitely true. But if you’re a Redskins fan, would you rather have Beck look bad? No, of course not. So, the fact he helped lead Washington to a 16-3 lead before exiting the game is only a positive (he also had plenty of help from RBs Tim Hightower and Roy Helu, who combined for 146 yards on 14 carries in the first half).

And if you root for Washington and you assume Beck WILL beat out Rex Grossman, you have to look at tonight’s game as a step forward, especially when you consider he’s only started four games in his career (and that was four years ago, and he lost all four games!), and his stats aren’t especially hot (as you can see here in the CBSSports.com player profile).

One question Rapid Reporter Tom James asked before the game started was how he would handle a pass rush. Beck -- who missed the first preseason game because of a groin injury -- has more mobility than Grossman, but he also hasn’t played well when the defense sends pressure his way.

Beck passed that test tonight, as James writes that Beck, “showed his athleticism in the first half, a stark contrast to Rex Grossman. Grossman gets rid of the ball faster, Beck holds onto it, knowing he can elude pressure and make plays with his legs.”

After the game, coach Mike Shanahan seemed relatively pleased with Beck's play, saying (via Chris Russell of ESPN 980) "John did a good job. Always room for improvement." Meanwhile, Beck said, "I feel pretty good about it, but I'm antsy to see the tape."

Some think Beck wrapped up his starting duties tonight, but remember, Grossman played pretty well in that first game (19 of 26, 207 yards and a TD) when he started. Still, if the Redskins end up choosing Beck, tonight’s performance should give you some insight into why it seems that coach Mike Shanahan likes him so much.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:03 am
 

John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him



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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:53 pm
 

John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him

My high school has better starting linebackers than the Eagles...just sayin.




Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:12 am
 

John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him

Both John Beck Michael Vick and Rex Grossman Andy Reid (food hernia) will suffer season ending injuries. Bet on it!!!!!!!! The Eagles Skins will win Super Bowl 46.






Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:06 pm
 

John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him

buzz read the next paragraph :beck passed that test last night.

next time finish reading the article before you troll all over the screen



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:50 pm
 

John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him

Cautiously optimistic here......I like what I see so far although I believe we started the preseason 2-0 last year as well.


I think we will surprise a lot of people this year.  The fact we didn't make the biggest splash in free agency is a HUGE step in the right direction.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:37 pm
 

John Beck shows why Shanahan likes him

When the major story of your team is the QB controversy between the likes of Beck & Grossman, it can't be a good sign of things to come.  For those putting any merrit in the preseason, head the words of AI, "it's practice, we talkin bout practice, not a game, not a game, it's practice."  Looks like it could be long frustrating year for the skins.



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