Rex Grossman out front in backup QB race
The Washington Redskins' trade for John Beck and release of Colt Brennan on Monday shakes up the competition for the back-up quarterback job in Washington. But it is unlikely to immediately change the depth chart. Rex Grossman remains, at least for now, the frontrunner for the job.
Grossman, who has a year in the system after playing for the Houston Texans under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan last season, looked impressive Monday, connecting on several nice passes during team drills, including a nice one-step drop touch pass to Roydell Williams down the left sideline that dropped between defenders and another play in which he avoided the rush, rolled left and found Joey Galloway deep down the field for a long completion.
It has been clear that Grossman feels at ease in his second year in Shanahan's offense. Though Grossman still has to prove he can throw a consistent deep ball, he has appeared the most efficient of any quarterback in camp so far.
"I feel real comfortable with where I'm at with this offense," Grossman said. "Just spitting out the play in the huddle and going through my reads, it's almost muscle-memory where to go in my progressions."
After practice, Grossman said he felt positive about the session but believed his work on Saturday had been his best during camp so far. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan also praised Grossman's work over the past few days.
"Rex is very comfortable with this system, he was in this system for a year when he was at Houston and Rex is having a good camp," Mike Shanahan said. "He's a student of the game, obviously he's played a lot of games in the NFL and he had a good practice the last couple days."
Grossman also praised the progress of starter Donovan McNabb, who is learning a new offense after 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb threw two interceptions in three plays at one point during Monday's practice but Grossman said mistakes like that are to be expected as he experiences growing pains in a new scheme.
"It's just the evolution of learning a new offense. Things are going to happen like that," he said. "And that's how you learn. You watch the tape, you get better and the next time you don't do it. It's just a part of it. It's a part of the learning process. You can't be perfect right off the bat. Nobody is."
August 2, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
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