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Beck’s Offense Taking Flight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 3, 2011 – 1:03 pm

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Over the course of camp, I’ve written mostly positive reviews of John Beck, which has drawn the excitement of some, and the skepticism of others.  I’m here to clear the air, lest I be accused of “fluffery” again.

Beck was brought in on a minor deal last year to be a third-string quarterback.  The man has not thrown a pass in a regulation NFL game since 2007.  I get all that, but he has some qualities that could make him successful for this team.

First, he’s a mobile quarterback, and is very accurate on the move.  He’s not Michael Vick, and I don’t know that you would call him a dual threat.  But going up against some of the blitzes he will face this year, he better be able to move.  So far he’s been able to keep his eyes downfield, find that open man, and put the ball in his hands.

Second of all, he takes care of the football.  I haven’t seen a fumble on the quarterback exchange since the first day of practice, and his comfort with center Will Montgomery should only improve.  He also needs to learn the tendencies of his receivers, which will take time.

I find it hard just to remember all 11 names.

Like I said yesterday, when he’s throwing short and misses, he puts the ball into the ground.  When he’s throwing long, he misses long.  These are the safest places to miss, because they’re the places least likely to be picked off.

His receivers are still learning the routes and they’re still learning him.  But he’s gaining the trust of his teammates (which won’t really be tested until games begin), and the coaching staff has put him out there as the man to beat.

To put it simply, he does a lot of things well, and doesn’t try to do too much.  Does that mean he’s the answer at quarterback?  Not necessarily, but it’s the fifth day of practice and he looks alright out there.

With that being said, here are today’s…

Notes on offense:

Beck looked much better today on the deep ball than he has all camp, completing several and only overthrowing one.  He and Anthony Armstrong hooked up on a 45-yard pass against DeAngelo Hall.  Hall has been covering Armstrong for most of camp, and Armstrong is starting to gain traction.

Beck also hit Malcolm Kelly for a deep pass on busted coverage near the sidelines.  Beck had much nicer touch today, and good vision downfield.

Receiver Niles Paul continues to impress with his opportunities at receiver.  He’s bailed Beck out a couple times on passes over his head, and generally catches anything he touches.

Undrafted free agent running back Shaun Draughn has gotten a lot of looks out on the field, and has performed well so far.  More on him to follow.

Free agent quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Kellen Clemens were both present at practice today and were playing long toss on the back field while the rest of the team did 11-on-11.

Practice ended on a game situation, where the offense lined up against the defense, with a first down at the defense’s 30-yard line.  The first play, the receivers were blanketed and Beck ran out of bounds for a two yard gain.  On second-and-eight, the running back got bottled up for a one-yard gain.  On third-and-seven, Beck dropped back and hit Fred Davis slanting over the middle, who ran the last five yards for a touchdown.

They made this drive look easy.  I hope I get to type that a lot this season.

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14 Responses to “Beck’s Offense Taking Flight”

  1. By captmrgn on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I’m calling “fluffery” Brian, pure fluffery and Shanahanigans. Go Skins!

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    If I get Shenanigans, can I at least get a malarkey too? 🙂

  3. By Eddie on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Shanahanigans… not Shenanigans.

    No good Tinsman, no good.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    That’s what I get for scanning comments, Eddie, I just figured you were bad at spelling 🙂 My apologies, good sir

  5. By Zorn Supremacy on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Too be honest, in years past these “reports” from training camp always seem to be Defensively sided. Whether it was Jason campbell, or McNabb, reports from morning practice always seemed to indicate that the offense was struggling.

    However, this is the first year I’ve read the blog that the reports seem positive. I don’t know if this is because we are only being reported the good stuff, or because the offense is really running that much better under Beck compared to years past.

    So if these surprisingly favorable reports translate onto the field like past negative reports have. Would it be wrong to suspect Beck leading the Skins in one of the best offensive seasons in recent memory?

  6. By Patrick on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I’m excited for this season. I can’t wait to see what this offense does. I am all for giving Beck a shot. It really can’t hurt. The WR are young and could be a spark, as well at the RBs. The o-line has gotten better through subtraction. All in all I’m pumped for the season.

  7. By Stephan on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I hope we see a lot of receptions by Fred Davis this year…want him to be a big playmaker on offense.

    Also, I really nope Niles Paul makes the team. He looks like he is impressing, and I don’t see the point of us drafting 2 receivers who aren’t even going to make the team…

  8. By dodger1 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like we just might have an offense this year and that is bad news for other teams going against our defense…

  9. By brennsdad on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    MALARKY!!! OK actually I’m excited to read positive reports on the O as well. We know what we have in Grossman, a back up that knows the system and will turn the ball over, give Beck a shot with these young guys. He shows leadership and poise, good qualities.

  10. By Bill on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I am excited for the season to get underway. It has to be better than the past few. Not really sure beck is the answer, Shannny seems to know something we don’t. I had hoped to see a more rounded veteran at the QB position.

    Brian, I am really liking the writing you are putting up. It seems as with the rest of the team change is good. Keep it up…

  11. By jflow78 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I noticed the same thing Zorn Supremacy noticed. It doesn’t sound like the offense is THAT much behind the D this year. That’s pretty uncommon around here, this early into TC. Hopefully it means good things this season for our team.

    Honestly, if the defense is improved and our offense only runs about as well as last season (which wasn’t anything special) then we should be competitive. Looking forward to the season.

  12. By reesespieces on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I like a QB to throw in the general vicinity of the wide open receiver unlike our previous QB from another team. Btw…nice add on about the end of game situation. First two plays sounded familiar (minimal success) but that strike across the middle. I wonder if that’s the same play that was so successful last year where Davis caught the long pass vs Texans?

  13. By Eddie on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    That wasn’t my comment Tinsman, therefore you thought captmrgn was bad at spelling. Guess you were scanning the comments again. I was just giving you the heads up on a fairly good pun.

    Thanks for the good work though! You are doing a good job.

  14. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Much appreciated on all accounts, Eddie 🙂

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