The Washington Redskins training camp is winding down but their quarterback race is heating up. One week after a solid performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, incumbent signal caller Rex Grossman found himself on the outs this week as John Beck emerged in the starting position.

Beck received some reps with the first team offense this week as the club geared him for a start on Aug. 19 against the Indianapolis Colts. It’s been a popular trend around the District this summer to anoint Beck the starter; after all, that’s what the Redskins’ coaching staff has led many to believe.

Beck appeared on NFL Network this week, professing his confidence in acquiring the starting job. “I believe in me and I believe that I have some things I can bring to the table,” Beck said.

“I just want to be the best quarterback that I can be for this football team. I feel like this is a team going in the right direction; a team that has bought in to the philosophies and a team that believes we can achieve,” he said. “It’s like a giant puzzle and I’m a piece of that puzzle; I just want to be everything I have to be so this puzzle can fit together.”

While Beck has an excellent chance at opening the season as Washington’s starter, the underlying talk in D.C. is that Beck will just play a stopgap role while the team bombs itself all the way to a No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The likely prize: Stanford signal caller Andrew Luck. Should Beck impress this year however, his performance could put the team in a difficult bind headed into next offseason.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO