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Rex Grossman feeling comfortable in Redskins offense

As you've no doubt heard by now, in the past six years, quarterback Donovan McNabb has played all 16 games in just one season. It's not a stretch to foresee a time this season that the Redskins will have to call on their No. 2 quarterback to lead the huddle.

So monitoring how Rex Grossman fares in these preseason games isn't exactly a futile exercise. Here's what he had to say about his play in Friday's win over the Jets: "I thought it was fine. The biggest thing is, are you winning? And we were winning," he said. "That's the first measuring stick."

While it's true the Redskins had a 6-5 lead when Grossman left the game at halftime, it's safe to say the coaches are considering other factors as they evaluate the roster. Grossman finished the game 8-of-16 passing for 111 yards, a passer rating of 72.7. It's a slight dip from his numbers against Baltimore's reserves a week earlier, but
also a rating that's a tad better than what McNabb achieved against the Ravens.

"I made some plays and there's always a couple of plays you wish you could have back," Grossman said. "I thought it was fine. When you don't play a complete game, it's kind of hard to grade your performance. When I was out there, I wasn't overly thrilled but I was
happy with it."

One play that's likely to make the highlight shows came in the closing minutes of the first half. Pinned near his own goal line, Grossman mishandled a shotgun snap.

"It was a little bit high and I had my eyes on the safeties for rotation and coverage purposes," he said. "Some of those balls were slick. I should've caught it. It was right at the top of my head. Slipped right through."

Grossman said once he couldn't nab the ball on one bounce, he knew he had to boot it out of the end zone. It resulted in a safety for the Jets, but Grossman said it could've saved a touchdown.

"I just tried to eliminate anything worse happening," he said.

It's not clear how much time Grossman will see next week at Arizona. McNabb is not expected to play, but the Redskins don't want to run the risk of Grossman also suffering an injury. As it is, he says he feels comfortable in his role with the team.

"I feel great right now," Grossman said. "Obviously Donovan's going to be the starter. But if they need me to play, I feel extremely comfortable knowing what [offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan] wants and in my abilities to run this offense."

By Rick Maese  |  August 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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Comments

I thought he looked pretty good. He got decent protection against a team with a good pass rush, and when that's the case, he doesn't need a whole lot in the way of receivers to be effective. He's actually a very good passer. His problem had been forcing the ball and making mistakes.

Where McNabb has a good record when pressured, Rex needs a little time in the pocket to be effective.

That safety was actually an intelligent play in view of the circumstances.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 28, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Grossman's QB rating of 72.7 isn't important. What makes a difference is that his eight completions averaged 13.9 yards. That's what we needed to see last year instead of all the dump-offs.

Beck averaged 10.9 yards per reception.

There'll be some Jet defenders putting in extra time on the field this week, you can bet on that.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 28, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Not gloating, but I was jeered by the likes of hessone & a few others a few months ago when I wrote in support of Rex Grossman. I was met with comments "I can't believe someone on here likes Rex Grosman!!" and all that. But....the dude can play. He is the rare Univ. of Fl. QB that can play. He received a raw deal in Chicago. The Bears fans forgot how they clamored for Rex for 2 straight seasons while he was injured. Then when he finally starts and completes a full season-he leads the Bears to the SB-all the while being jeered as a numbskull for some 'learning on the job' mistakes. The Bears, a glorious,but only occasional champ since the middle of last century, heap ENORMOUS expectation and pressure on the kid QB AND they also let emerging deep threat Bernard Berrian sign with the rival Vikings. Coach Lovie Smith hatches one of the cruelest plans ever in the NFL-taking future HOF return man, the super-exciting- Devin Hester-on his way to being a Franchise-level (IMO) player at,of all positions, kick-returner. Grossman, at this point was starting to be yo-yoed, against another solid young QB-Perdue's Kyle Orton-who broke a few of Drew Brees's records while with the Boilermakers. The Bears decided that they had seen enough of Grossman to decide to move on,letting him go to the Texans.When Grossman had Berrian, IMO, they were an emerging tandem. Berrian could get deep on anyone. What hurt more was a front office that did a poor job of managing fan and media expectations. Grossman never had Lovie Smith really stick up for him in the face of withering fan criticism. I'll bet Grossman sees a kindred spirit in Donovan McNabb. Both played for fan bases that didn't always remember the good times. That's the raw deal part for Grossman-leading a franchise with "greater than they actually are" believing fans to the SB as a 1st year starter only to have them harp on his every mistake. To boot, a front office with a rep. for frugality elected not to sign his ace WR and instead Coach Smith comes up with this bad idea-Devin Hester at wide receiver. Devin Hester-who came from the Miami Hurricanes,a program, that if ever there was a school that would develop a player to the fullest of his capabilities as wide receiver,this was that school. However, Devin Hester developed at the U as a lethal and superior return man, it's simply what he does best, perhaps better than Sayers, Upchurch,Gray,Nelms( I know, I'm a homer),Sikahema,Hall-all of them. That's what makes it cruel-Lovie Smith singlehandedly got rid of the most exciting, awesome kick-returner EVER to make a pedestrian receiver out of him trying to be GREEDY. Now, finally, Smith's job is on the line. Lovie Smith,may be an "inspirational" coach and all, but in terms of strategy and X/Os-he's nothing to write home about. Jay Cutler showed that last year, it wasn't the QBs Orton and Grosman, both of whom are now in other cities, it was the boring, talentless, unimaginative offense. So good luck to Grosman

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 28, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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