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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."

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 2, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  quarterbacks  
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Comments

Like when your dog figures out the fake tennis ball throw. They give you that f_ck you look for trying the fake.

Posted by: iH8dallas

EXACTLY! Every time Landry gets beat deep, Haslett needs to rub his nose in it.

Problem solved!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 2, 2010 4:29 PM

This could work! I think Steve Jackson may need an assistant(s)

Posted by: craig81 | August 2, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear Grossman is looking positive in camp. This seemed to be a big question mark after Campbell got traded, but it looks like maybe a few uninjured years in the same system may be what Grossman needed to settle into a nice groove as a QB. Hopefully the backup spot stays in good hands.

Posted by: psps23 | August 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Over the past several years, I always felt we were in good hands -- sometimes better hands -- with our backups. Campbell backing up Brunell, Collins backing up Campbell. Good depth at QB.

Grossman backing up McNabb? It does feel different ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear Grossman is looking positive in camp. This seemed to be a big question mark after Campbell got traded, but it looks like maybe a few uninjured years in the same system may be what Grossman needed to settle into a nice groove as a QB. Hopefully the backup spot stays in good hands.

Posted by: psps23 | August 2, 2010 5:00 PM

Sounds like he may have matured a bit as well. He seemed to be a bit too arrogant/brash when with the Bears. IMO anyway.

Posted by: skinswest | August 2, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 2, 2010 5:00 PM

it does feel different, although the "system" aspect is important, maybe especially for backups (e.g., Collins).

Rex has experience in the system, and suppose I'm ok with him stepping in occasionally if McNabb gets dinged up.

some inconsistency can be tolerated, but please no zero quarterback ratings!

even if Tommy Thompson can win the NFL championship for Philadelphia (1948) posting a zero rating, our only experience in DC with such abysmal play was Tim Hasselbeck (2003) in a regular-season loss versus Dallas.

in all fairness, the list also includes Dan Fouts, Terry Bradshaw (3x), Joe Namath, Archie Manning, Billy Kilmer, Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas...

let's hope McNabb stays healthy and Rex can inconsistently drop the clipboard.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 2, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Before we get ahead of ourselves with storied underdog optimism 'bout ol' rexy, keep in mind though, there really hasn't been a cinderella story for a pro qb since kurt warner. By that I mean, an older back-up coming out of nowhere to become a top qb (ie 5 probowls and 2 league mvps). Warner was a special case too, he didn't have the typical profootball-player path as he went to a small school and cut his teeth in arena play.

The odds overwhelmingly suggest Rexy is good back-up material but little else. If f'ckers make rexy the now colt, Imma gonna be pimp smacking some beeches; cult just left...lets not replace him inside of an hour with rex.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 2, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

from DC, but have lived in Chicago for 10 years. Rex is not a starting option so lets not even go down that road. The league has figured him out, that's why he dropped off the map. No deep ball threat and not great adjusting on the fly mentally so other teams can scheme him into INTs and losing the game by himself even with a great D. I think he will be great in relief when McNabb starts and can be of service if the other team is looking ahead or not good enough on D to execute strategy, but if McNabb goes down for an extended period, I'd take a look at Beck before Grossman.

Posted by: lyndale5 | August 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

moooooooooooove along... pizza man is next on the list of backups.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 2, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Will the Cult of Colt move on to become Grossmans Gang? My gut tells me no. But my Brain tells me some of the CoC don't have enough brains to know better.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 2, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Beeps

Posted by: edvar | August 2, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

grossman is not a solid qb I don't care about how many SB's he went to, don't know anything about bartel or beck(probably glenn beck's brother most of y'all's favorite radio personality and like-minded politically) If mcnabb goes down this team is in big trouble at the qb position.

Posted by: wathu19 | August 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

When Grossman is good, he's fantastic. When he's bad, he's terrible.

The guy has lots of talent, he just can't use it consistently.

Posted by: lordtwang | August 2, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

While I was never on the Colt Brennan banwagon, I was hoping we could do better than Rex Grossman as a back up. He never was a solid performer in Chicago.

Posted by: lacy41 | August 3, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

"Will the Cult of Colt move on to become Grossmans Gang? My gut tells me no. But my Brain tells me some of the CoC don't have enough brains to know better. "

Posted by: alex35332

i'm more inclined to suspect they'll become Beck's Brood. after all, John or Glenn, the mindset is the same....a suspension of disbelief.

Posted by: mdrockjock | August 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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