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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/21/2010

John Beck has two weeks in practice to impress the boss

By Jason Reid

When Redskins players return to work Wednesday, former third-string quarterback John Beck will become the primary backup for new starter Rex Grossman.

Although Grossman will get the majority of first-team reps this week as the Redskins prepare to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, Beck also will work with the starters a little, Coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan plans to evaluate Beck, who formerly ran the scout team, with Washington's first-stringers, and Beck will have two weeks in his new role to make a favorable impression on Shanahan.

"I want to get a chance to evaluate John just running our offense in practice," Shanahan said. "He'll get a couple of reps there and still get a chance to run the scout team. He's one play away from being the starting quarterback."

But Grossman is the starter, so Beck won't play in the remaining games against Jacksonville and the New York Giants "unless something happens" to Grossman, Shanahan said. "If something does happen to Rex, he'll go in."

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Beck has displayed good command of the offense, Shanahan said.

"I think he's picked it up fairly quickly, even though it's a lot different than what he's used to," Shanahan said. "I feel very comfortable with him going in and running the offense."

Shanahan was so impressed with Beck that he quickly rewarded him with a two-year contract extension.

"I really liked what I saw in college and I liked what I saw in preseason games -- his motion, his speed, his quickness, mechanics," Shanahan said. "It's just the way I evaluate quarterbacks."

By Jason Reid  | December 21, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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[4] Skins first pick (because it will be too high to trade down) is going to be Julio Jones. If they find a trade partner, they will find an interior lineman (NT or OG or C) later in the first round.


Posted by: dcsween | December 21, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse


I'm not sure it will be too high to trade down. If a CBA is struck before the draft, it will probably include a rookie salary scale that will make teams less hesitant to up.

talent_evaluator was the original but kind of a know-it-all. beep-beep is too cyincal. Color me a league_source fan!

In the Fall From Grace category, I'm going with Randy Moss.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So what exactly is Donovan doing now?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So what exactly is Donovan doing now?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM

they have him holding for kicks...

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 21, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

So what exactly is Donovan doing now?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM


Probably getting a head start on learning the Cardinals' playbook...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 21, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

“SHANNY CLAUS” VISITS LAND OF BROKEN TOYS

ASHBURN, VA -- With two weeks of the regular football season yet to come but nothing left to play for, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is working overtime to overcome a mean series of player injuries and field a football team that won’t embarrass itself too badly (again) – and perhaps even instill some false sense of hope for better days ahead into a fan base that has grown increasingly sad and desponent through a decade-long run of futility – while remaining true to the Redskin owner’s warning that any extra money spent on player payrolls this season would come out of Shanahan’s own pockets.

Besides, the NFL deadline for signing players from other team’s practice squads has already past – as has the deadline for signing old relics, overpriced free agents and other homeless people to dress out and stand on the sidelines. And even Shanny’s own practice squad – which has long been a point of strength on an otherwise hopeless team – is now looking alarmingly thin in its own right – to the point where the team is actually considering whether to allow a widely discredited former team captain, conference championship and Pro Bowl caliber quarterback – Donovan McNabb -- to take some snaps at the helm of the scout team.

Fans may wistfully recall another time earlier this season – when the stables were full of players young and old – all chomping at the bit and wanting to play for Washington. Then generally regarded as one of the oldest rosters in the league, it was also one of the most highest paid and least productive – at least where it counts, in the win and loss record.

Unfortunately, a series of injuries took their tool as one player after another found his way to the injured reserve list. Another set of players who allegedly failed to “buy into the scheme” were unceremoniously benched or relegated to other sectors of oblivion because of darkly hinted philosophical differences with the coaching staff, playing schemes or practice field monitors.

Meanhile the coaches continued to start and play others of much-lesser talent, or call plays that just seemed to defy any honest sense of logic or purpose. And just when it couldn’t seem to get much worse, the team’s general manager – another boy wonder, Bruce Allen – stepped out and declared that most of the pieces are in place to move beyond the moment and build for the future.

It appears that here in the Land of Broken Toys, delusion continues to rein supreme.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 21, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Could John Beck be the future skins QB????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCgH6sTEeP8


Yes, it would be nice to take one of the top five QBs available in the 2011 draft, but would it be worth the millions in guaranteed money for an unproven young QB who would have to learn to be a pro and learn an NFL system. It may take 2-3 years before it pays off. John Beck has been in the system and that first pick could be traded for more picks in much needed positions.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | December 20, 2010 6:36 PM |
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john beck was playing as a 25 yr senior at byu... he is currently 29 and on his 3rd team... he is officially a journeyman/career backup...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 21, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Toddler??? That's an insult, I'd like to think my mentality is closer to 2nd or 3rd grade! What grade would you be in he$$?

Posted by: monk811 | December 21, 2010 9:13 AM

You would think he would realize that sock puppets don't have feelings...and quit trying to insult us...he's not real smart.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 21, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

like a small child screaming for attention...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 21, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"It's just the way I evaluate quarterbacks."


Oh, ok, so Beck isn't any better than McNabb then?

Posted by: kone | December 21, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Wonder what Doug Dutch is up to.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 21, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

So what exactly is Donovan doing now?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM

Eating his way through a shame spiral of cases and cases of Chunky Soup.

Posted by: dcsween | December 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

So what exactly is Donovan doing now?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM

Eating his way through a shame spiral of cases and cases of Chunky Soup.

Posted by: dcsween | December 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Best response yet.

More realistically though, he's looking for every Capital One ATM in the area trying to pull his money out.

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Though I think that the Skins will use their first pick on Julio Jones, I do think (and always have) that a surgically repaired Malcolm Kelly is the fast, good route running, strider who should be the third threat. Moss still have a couple, few years left and has remained shockingly healthy. I like how fast Armstrong is. I can't imagine that they can't find upgrades over Roydell Williams and Terence Austin. If only Brandon Banks could be more like DeSean Jackson ... maybe some day he'll be a more imporant threat as a receiver ... maybe in the post-Santana future.

Posted by: dcsween | December 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"I really liked what I saw in college and I liked what I saw in preseason games -- his motion, his speed, his quickness, mechanics," Shanahan said. "It's just the way I evaluate quarterbacks."
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Shanny is a funny little smug dude. Donovans mechanics were never a strength of his, yet the confident quarterback evaluator wasted our draft picks on him.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 21, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

AA is the man

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 21, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"I really liked what I saw in college and I liked what I saw in preseason games -- his motion, his speed, his quickness, mechanics," Shanahan said. "It's just the way I evaluate quarterbacks."
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Shanny is a funny little smug dude. Donovans mechanics were never a strength of his, yet the confident quarterback evaluator wasted our draft picks on him.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 21, 2010 11:54 AM |

He wasn't talking about Donavan with that quote he was talking about Beck, maybe you should know what your talking about before you post.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 21, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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short a couple of letters, but my sentiments exactly

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't know what Donovan is doing now. But my guess is if Leslie Frazier keeps the Head job with the Vikings, Donovan will join him having been on the same Eagles team with Frazier and Brad Childress.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

So what exactly is Donovan doing now?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM

I heard he's getting his handshake and lines ready for the cointoss on Sunday! Heads or Tails McNabb, it's not hard, even YOU couldn't mess that one up!

Posted by: monk811 | December 21, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse


BeantownGreg1 = nebby

Posted by: hessone | December 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Leslie Frazier was an Eagles coach with Childress and if Frazier retains the Head job with the Vikings in 2011, Donovan will be reuniting with him and the offensive system he ran for 11 years under Reid and Childress.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

No posts about Hester breaking BMitch's record?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 21, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Time to clean out the old and bring in the new! Can you say rebuild? I can hear the sound of impatient crybabies already!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 21, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Give him time to pick it up, and watch out. Beck, when firing on all cylinders has for most of his football career made a pattern out of putting up crazy numbers in relatively short runs as a starter.

Posted by: AnthonyZapata | December 22, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, if you live in Washington, New York, Philadelphia or LA you don't get much room to run your own team because there is a myriad of opinions from sportscasters and former head coaches to tell you what you are doing wrong.

I don't know about the younger Shanahan, but Mike knows what he is doing and needs the support of Snyder to whip this team into a disciplined group of athletes. This has been lacking for the last six to seven years. Even our great Joe Gibbs couldn't get the team to respond to his coaching. So the press is saying that these coaches who between them have won five super bowls know nothing about football. Come On!

It will be two to three years before the Washington Redskins adapt to the 3-4 defense, and put in the Shanahan West Coast Offens from the Semi-West. lol. But they are suppose to be pro's and will learn the system.

My only big question is what was wrong with the 4-3 Defense that played so well over the last four years? And why did we waste 100 million on a player that told the coach he wouldn't play the 3-4 from the beginning? Dah!!!!

Back to the drawing board and hopefully some commone sense instead of emotional antics and last minute benching of a all pro quarterback like McNabb.

Be honest with him, give him respect and then do what you set out to do with a clear mind.

Posted by: mikeforce68 | December 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I like Nevada's Colin Kaepernick in one of the later rounds(3 or 4?). He'd be great in a wildcat and would make a good slot receiver if he doesn't pan out at qb. Any thoughts?

Posted by: rsgwynn1 | December 23, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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