This isn’t exactly Sonny Jurgensen vs. Billy Kilmer, but quarterbacks John Beck and Rex Grossman went into the preseason in essentially a two-horse race for the starting job in Washington.
So far, Grossman was unable to take the field for the first week, as he was held out until the new CBA was agreed to. The two competed for about two and one-half practices before Beck tweaked a groin, and has been limited ever since.
With Kellen Clemens returning from a funeral today, the quarterback quintet (with Marc Verica and Ben Chappell) was able to warm up as a group this morning before moving on to more intense drills. Beck (far left) and Grossman (near left) threw the balls to the other three, below:
A lot of what the offense has worked on in the last two days is a four-minute and two-minute offense with each available quarterback at the helm. Today focused more on the two-minute drill with quarterbacks calling out a progression of plays at the line of scrimmage.
Below, Clemens runs the drive. I’m aware that it’s not the best quality, but Clemens looked pretty good out there despite missing a few days:
Clemens is clearly the third-stringer at this point, but he looks pretty good out there. He likes to throw the deep ball and sometimes he has a lot of touch on his pass, sometimes it’s a jump ball. He rolls out pretty well and isn’t afraid to throw the ball on the run, even across his body.
Grossman has improved dramatically since his return to the team, and will make the most of his chance to start against Pittsburgh on Friday. He’s hitting his receivers in stride, he’s planting his feet when he throws, he’s moving around better in the pocket, and he’s limiting mistakes. Yes, this is practice, but he looks like he’s ready for the Steelers.
Beck has definitely lost opportunities with his injury, and he knows that. Unfortunately for him, there’s nothing he can do about it. Beck’s strengths of throwing darts and mobility in and out of the pocket are the specific things that he can’t do right now with a hurt groin.
“It’s not fun to watch practice,” he said after practice. “I want to be the guy that’s out practicing, the guy that’s out there taking the reps. I don’t wanna miss any of my reps, so it’s tough. I want to be as smart as I can.”
Watch his full interview below:
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