Welcome to the Redskins Pick-Three Quarterback Lottery (sorry Ben Chappell and Marc Verica). When Week 1 rolls around, will the winning numbers be 12, 8, and 1? Or will they be 8, 12, and 1?
It doesn’t look like there will be a combination featuring No. 1 first, but stranger things have happened.
The running story-line for the remainder of camp will be to see who seizes control at the quarterback position. Beginning with the new old guy, No. 8, Rex Grossman looked like anybody looks on their first day of training camp: rusty. Tin Man-rusty.
I don’t have any concerns with his ability to grasp the offense. I don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t know his receivers. My concern for today was his mechanics. The knock on Grossman has always been that he turns the ball over, and he was dancing around in the pocket, short-arming the ball, and throwing off his back foot today. In situations where defensive players are not allowed to touch you, probably shouldn’t look so antsy back there. So what if it’s a sack in the regular season? Make the throws now and don’t try to do too much.
No. 12, John Beck has looked good at times during camp, and he has looked a little off in camp. Today he was a little off. He’s been battling a little soreness in his shoulder the last couple of days, so maybe his passes weren’t quite so crisp. Maybe the presence of competition in uniform made him a little over-excited. And maybe it’s still the first week of practice. I would really like to see him string together a couple of really good practices for his, and everyone else’s sake.
No. 1, Kellen Clemens looked surprisingly fluid in the offense, and made a decent first impression. For the record, Clemens was brought to Washington with no experience in the Shanahan offense, and is unlikely to be a factor in this “open quarterback competition.” He appears to put noticeably less zip on the ball than Beck and isn’t as mobile in the pocket. But he makes all of the throws pretty well and he didn’t make any monumental mistakes on Day 1.
On Day 1 of this quarterback lottery, I would put it as a lackluster 12, 8, 1.
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