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With little time to prepare, Beck did what he could against Bills

Just calling plays, lining up in the correct formations and not turning over the ball in Friday's preseason opener against Buffalo were important feats for John Beck, the newest member of the Washington Redskins. Beck had all of 10 days to learn enough of a foreign scheme to orchestrate the offense on Friday night.

And he's far from mastered offensive system, devised by coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Coach Mike Shanahan.

"It's tough because I think that the playbook that I have been studying is also limited because they knew I was only going to be here for so many days before the first game and they just wanted me to have the base stuff down," said Beck, who completed 2 of 7 passes for 27 yards in six series. "Some of these things these guys talk about in meetings are still foreign language to me. I'm still trying to learn all those things."

Beck, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month, was the third and final quarterback to see action in the team's 42-17 blowout win. With Rich Bartel inactive because of a hamstring injury, Beck entered the game with 6 minutes 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter and played the remainder of the contest.

He got off to a shaky start, as could be expected of a quarterback with only 10 days experience in a new offense. Of the first five times he dropped back to pass, four ended in incomplete passes and the fifth with a John McCargo sack.

"It's tough, I mean, some of the time I was just having to take a sack so we don't turn the ball over," said Beck. "You don't want to force a pass so sometimes taking a sack is the best thing, so I was just trying to be smart with the football."

Beck, aided by the effective rushing tandem of Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams, was able to recover. He completed two of his final three passes for 27 yards and led a scoring drive.

"I am grateful that I got out there and play because anytime that you go to a new situation where it's a new team, new offense, new everything, it's good to get game reps," he said. "There was a lot of firsts out there: first time running some of the plays, first time with that group of guys, so it was good to be able to get game reps because that's what really matters: game reps."

Beck said he was in constant communication with the other quarterbacks throughout the game, particularly Rex Grossman, who played in Kyle Shanahan's offense last season in Houston. Now Beck has another week to learn some more of the offense before the Redskins welcome Beck's former club next Saturday.

"I've already have a bunch of guys come to me and say, 'Give us some tips for these guys next week,' " said Beck, who spent the 2009 season in Baltimore. "I'm excited for it just like any other game. I want to go out there and perform my best and use these next few practices to be even more comfortable with the plays."

By Jorge Castillo  |  August 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Preseason schedule , preseason games , quarterbacks  
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Hard to imagine Beck beating out Grossman if they only keep two. Hope he learns that play book fast.

Posted by: edvar | August 14, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Beck got a lot of balls knocked down at the line.

I am very interested to see who they keep at WR now. For the most part everyone looks about even, Thomas' deep TD catch was excellent. He had more space between him and the corner on that one play then he had if you added up all the space he got last season.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Is Beck eligible for the practice squad?

Posted by: wireman65 | August 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"I am very interested to see who they keep at WR now. For the most part everyone looks about even, Thomas' deep TD catch was excellent."


So let's review the wr depth chart:

S Moss

J Galloway

D Thomas

R Williams/T Austin (pick'em)

B Banks/A Armstrong (pick'em)

M Kelly (gone)

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 14, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It's wayyyy too early to say MK12 is "gone."

As for the performance of some WRs in ONE preseason game, so what?

There was a guy a few years back named Anthony Mix who impressed in the preseason. And more recently a fan favorite named Marko Mitchell who lit it up in the preseason.

Where are they now? Wherever they are, you can bet cats like Armstrong, Wade, Austin, et al may be joining them very soon.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 14, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

They gotta keep that return guy. Banks?
He doesn't need to be the last receiver to make the team. He just needs to be on it. What a weapon! How many points to you figure he's good for? AND field position? You gotta keep this guy.

Posted by: coastallp74 | August 14, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

They gotta keep that return guy. Banks?
He doesn't need to be the last receiver to make the team. He just needs to be on it. What a weapon! How many points to you figure he's good for? AND field position? You gotta keep this guy.

Posted by: coastallp74 | August 14, 2010 4:59 PM |

If he can stay alive.

Dude's 5-6 160 soaking wet.

But he is fun to watch...

And yes, it is too early to give up on Kelly

Posted by: edvar | August 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"They gotta keep that return guy. Banks?"

If you plan to carry only 2 quarterbacks, maybe it allows you to keep 6--not 5--receivers.

Is Bartel eligible for the practice squad?

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see Beck play, but I gotta wonder why the Shanahans like him so much. They liked him in college, but as best as i can tell, her really hasn't developed much and its not like he's a youngster -- he'll turn 29 next week (he's a few months older than Jason Campbell).

Oh well, if he's playing in the regular season, it means something went very wrong.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 14, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

poor nick sundberg..

looks like we got a new long snapper

Posted by: rachel216 | August 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

zceszcest1

"Didn't see Beck play, but I gotta wonder why the Shanahans like him so much."


You have to remember that J Beck was a high pick by the dolphins who let him.

He's in redskin camp just so the team has a quarterback who can hit open receivers accurately---you know, the kind of things Colt Brennen couldn't.

In baseball, guys like him are the dreaded 'long man' reliever who just fills in come garbage time.

In football, he is just basically doing garbage time.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

They gotta keep that return guy. Banks?

Posted by: coastallp74 | August 14, 2010 4:59 PM
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agreed...he's a heck of a weapon

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 14, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe they signed an aging long snapper and it wasn't the Red Snapper.

Posted by: will_ga | August 14, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Brian Westbrook expected to join Rams
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 14, 2010 3:37 PM ET
Steven Jackson said this week the Rams didn't need a veteran running back, but it looks like they are going to get one anyway.

ESPN.com's Mike Sando relayed the news cautiously on Twitter: "Just landed in STL and finished radio with John Clayton, who says the Rams will likely add Brian Westbrook on Monday. Good insurance."

Perhaps Westbrook is waiting for tonight's games to happen just in case he gets another offer before making it official. While Westbrook has no chance to win a title in St. Louis, this looks like his best route towards playing time.

Chris Ogbonnaya was the favorite to be the backup running back in St. Louis. Should Westbrook sign, the Rams could wind up keeping Jackson on the sidelines during many third downs.


Posted by: suliman215 | August 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Then again, here is new long snapper's story. Who am I to say he won't be awesome this year? New team, new chance and so forth...

http://www.thejetsblog.com/2010/03/18/james-dearth-and-his-tough-2009/

Posted by: will_ga | August 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Brian Westbrook expected to join Rams
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 14, 2010 3:37 PM ET

Posted by: suliman215 | August 14, 2010 5:35 PM

If Brian Westbrook is smart,he'll jump on the Skins bandwagon before it pulls out the station.

HTTR

Posted by: TWISI | August 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Twisi, agreed on Westbrook. The Skins bandwagon is gonna roll this year. The Rams probably year or two away from having enough horsepower to get rolling.

Posted by: will_ga | August 14, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

hey where are those cowboy dbags? They're a staying true to form and in being talk..talk..talk, then hide. For what's it's worth they have the good team, just no faith from their fans. HTTR

Posted by: popefrady | August 14, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Watched the film today and saw more team and individual improvement than I’ve seen in a long time.
Love the direction this team is going in.
ALL HAIL
Burgundy and Gold baby!!!!!!

Posted by: krystal_ball | August 14, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Two things stood out to me and one has me worried. First of all the starting line was great but the backups were doing turnstile blocking, better hope the starters say healthy. But i was shocked by Grossman's ability, he is the second coming of Todd Collins, not a great QB but he knows the system and that counts for a ton.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 14, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Brian Westbrook expected to join Rams
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 14, 2010 3:37 PM ET

Posted by: suliman215 | August 14, 2010 5:35 PM

If Brian Westbrook is smart,he'll jump on the Skins bandwagon before it pulls out the station.

HTTR

Posted by: TWISI

I agree. His pass catching is a strength, and its not a strength of Portis, Johnson and Parker. Don't know if its a strength of Torain or Williams.

Thing is McNabb loved throwing to the guy, they were successful, and to opposing defenses, often brutal.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 14, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook to the Rams and Astroturf?? Maybe its a thing like , "Maaaaaaan, ain't NO WAY I'm playin' on the same team as my brother- I can't take him on the holidays, and you expect me to bunk with him??"..I can relate...

Posted by: frak | August 14, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Rams are offering more money and less competition at RB than the Skins have. St. Louis press isn't as obnoxious either unless it's concerning the Cardinals imo.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 14, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

"I agree. His pass catching is a strength, and its not a strength of Portis, Johnson and Parker. Don't know if its a strength of Torain or Williams."Posted by: zcezcest1

Westbrook is a terrific receiver, maybe the best we've seen in recent years, but the question is, can he stay in the game? One more concussion and he's out for, well, an extended period. Torain was known as an outstanding third down receiver at Arizona State. Williams wasn't bad at LSU, but wasn't a primary receiver in that frustrating offense.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 14, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Beck is 28 years old and with his 3rd team in 4 years. 2 years with the Dolphin, 1 year with the Ravens and this year with the Ravens and now Skins. He's not a rookie so there's no excuse for him looking like a rookie. Losing his balance going back to pass, getting his foot stepped on, throwing into the line. I don't know what the Shanahans see in this guy but he's not good enough to be on the practice squad. Dolphins and Ravens aint wrong.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 14, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"[Beck is] not a rookie so there's no excuse for him looking like a rookie. Losing his balance going back to pass, getting his foot stepped on, throwing into the line. I don't know what the Shanahans see in this guy but he's not good enough to be on the practice squad. Dolphins and Ravens aint wrong.Posted by: getitritegov"

Slow down, kemo sabe. The Dolphins threw Beck into the fire as a rook against the Eagles in Game 11, when Cleo Lemon went down. They won exactly one game that year, with Beck at QB. The next season they brought in Chad Pennington and Chad Henne, and Beck went back to third string. He was recruited to Baltimore by Cam Cameron, who'd coached him in Miami.

So somebody liked him along the way. Age is probably his biggest issue at this point; not much upside there.

About his age: typical Mormon missionary. Arrived at BYU as a 22 year old freshman, and stayed 4 years.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 14, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I think Rachel mentioned this earlier:

Source: Redskins bring in new long snapper, veteran James Dearth
By Joseph White (CP) – 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON — A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Washington Redskins have reached a deal with veteran long-snapper James Dearth.
The person told the AP on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the team planned to announce the signing on Sunday.
Nick Sundberg has been the only long snapper at training camp for the Redskins, but he has never snapped in a regular season game and has been inconsistent during practices.
The Redskins did not re-sign longtime snapper Ethan Albright because they wanted a younger player at the position. Albright is 39, but he never had a bad snap in nine seasons in Washington.
Dearth is 34 and spent his last nine seasons with the New York Jets.

Copyright © 2010 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 14, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

What I liked most about last nights game was the motivation that the Skins showed. Can't remember a single game last year when the Skins looked like they were ready to play football. The team last night was not only ready to play football, but eager to play.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 14, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

What has me excited:

1) Capable FO and Coach
2) Trent Williams
3) RB situation
4) Donovan McNabb
5) D-Line

What has me worried:

1) Run defense/LB's
2) Lack of deep threat at WR
3) Lack of an extension for McNabb

What's still a question for me:

1) Brandon Banks-I love the kid and ahis speed, but I wanna see if he's got sure hands

2) O-line depth- People assume you're supposed to have Pro-Bowl backups...I like Heyer and Williams as backups, but that's about it

3) WR- I know people think Kelly is the odd man out, but I wouldn't be quick to make that judgment on the only "big" receiver we have. I wanna get a long look at him if he can get healthy. I think Thomas will be fine this year. Shanny's just pushing him some.


Posted by: rickyroge | August 14, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we beat Spingarn, we beat Spingarn! c'mon man... we beat bum street Buffalo which should have racked up that long run for 6 on our starting D and people are talking "we want dallas". macChicken and crew must play more that 2 series against a professional team before we toss out woof tickets. please get a hold of yourself. It was Spingarn for crying out loud.

Posted by: doyouktt | August 14, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

We got rid of Colt Brennan and added Beck. This makes no sense. Beck looked lost last night. Colt is a gamer and will do well in the NFL. Beck will not make the Skins roster.

Posted by: brescott77 | August 14, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Beck looked horrible...he got more passes knocked down at the line in 1 series than Colt did his entire time in DC. I'm no Colt fanatic but it's a reason he didn't do good in Miami. I'm not expecting him to look good next week either.

Posted by: PEACE8 | August 14, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

"[Beck is] not a rookie so there's no excuse for him looking like a rookie. Losing his balance going back to pass, getting his foot stepped on, throwing into the line. I don't know what the Shanahans see in this guy but he's not good enough to be on the practice squad. Dolphins and Ravens aint wrong.Posted by: getitritegov"

Slow down, kemo sabe. The Dolphins threw Beck into the fire as a rook against the Eagles in Game 11, when Cleo Lemon went down. They won exactly one game that year, with Beck at QB. The next season they brought in Chad Pennington and Chad Henne, and Beck went back to third string. He was recruited to Baltimore by Cam Cameron, who'd coached him in Miami.

So somebody liked him along the way. Age is probably his biggest issue at this point; not much upside there.

About his age: typical Mormon missionary. Arrived at BYU as a 22 year old freshman, and stayed 4 years.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 14, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the little bio-sketch on Beck but in all due respect it's as useful as tits on a boar hog. Let me remind you of this old phrase: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it must be a turkey. My friend, Samson151, Beck is a turkey and if it makes you feel better, Beck is a Mormon turkey.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 15, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

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