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."
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