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Quarterbacks Find Stride In The Sun

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 5, 2011 – 12:54 pm

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For the first time this training camp, players had to run back-to-back practices after yesterday’s flip-flopped schedule.  Coaches accounted for some soreness today, but everybody’s conditioning looked pretty good.

Offense vs. Defense Drills:

As a group, the quarterbacks stumbled out of the gate.  In the first session of 11-on-11 drills, only Kellen Clemens was able to complete a pass, a needle to Leonard Hankerson over the middle.  Both John Beck and Rex Grossman looked uncomfortable in the pocket and likely would have been sacked a couple times.

In the subsequent 7-on-7 drills, there was less pressure on the pocket and all quarterbacks fared better.  Beck went 2-for-3, only missing on a Hankerson dropped ball.  Grossman also completed 2-for-three and was bailed out by Niles Paul on a high pass that he went up and got.  Clemens went 2-for-4, and was picked off by an acrobatic Anderson Russell jumping his route.  He also had a slick pass to tight end Fred Davis over the middle.

Davis looks good no matter who throws to him.

In the final 11-on-11 drill session, the numbers were vastly improved from the first session.  Beck went 3-for-4, Grossman 2-for-4, and Clemens 1-for-1.  Davis, Niles Paul, and Santana Moss all made good catches over the middle. Donte Stallworth is known as a burner, but he has such good agility that he can adjust to a poorly thrown pass.  Good session for the offense.

Final Drive:

In what is easily the most exciting part of practice, the practice session ended with Grossman and Beck leading drives down the field.

It’s hard to read too much into the results because of the personnel groupings, but Grossman had the advantage because he scored.  The big play on Grossman’s drive was a lob pass to Terrence Austin who had gotten behind two defenders.  With the ball in his hands, he streaked 35 yards to about the 10 yard line.  Grossman hit Fred Davis to the right side who dove into the endzone.

Beck’s unit struggled to get started, and the highlight 15-yard run by Beck was called back due to penalty.


Nobody separated themselves from the others today, good or bad.  Beck still takes too long to get rid of the ball and Grossman still throws off his back foot into traffic.  Because of the final drives, I would say that Grossman’s stock rose today, and Beck stayed about even.

The good news is that Clemens has a chance to be one of the best third-stringers in the league.

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5 Responses to “Quarterbacks Find Stride In The Sun”

  1. By JP on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    well if Clemens looks good why don’t have a true open QB battle give him a shot to.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    I agree, but he won’t know the offense by Week 1. The word on the Shanahan offense has always been that it takes at least one if not two years to learn. I don’t think Clemens is a scrub, but I don’t expect him to be much of a factor unless the other two fail completely.

  3. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Honestly, Brian I’m not naturally a hater(usually).

    However, this is too tempting for me not to comment.

    Does the fact that both Beck and Grossy(my new nickname*) are now with their 3rd organizations in as many seasons mean they haven’t failed completely already?

    *If he plays were, we can change it to Rexor, after former Redskin & Raider Ben Davison’s character in Conan the Barbarian.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Jason-
    Hate away! One slight correction worth pointing out right now–both are back for their second season with the club and are technically with their second club in three years (third in four). But your point is valid. I think it’s worth noting that “journeyman” QBs can still have success and help bridge the gap to a franchise’s next QB. I don’t know that it’s fair to say that we’ve seen the best that either guy has to offer, especially Beck. He was thrown to the wolves in Miami and he looked a lot like a rookie QB. I don’t let him waste a season, but I do think he needs time to show that he can succeed.

    Tip of the cap on the detailed Conan the Barbarian reference. Kudos to you, sir 🙂

  5. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    If Beck or Grossy leads the ‘Skins to a winning records, it is proof that there is indeed a higher power at work.

    And that higher power is the Devil, working to sabotage the team’s chances of getting Andrew Luck in 2012.

    Yes, I like Luck enough to sacrifice this whole season just to get him.

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