Beck on competition with Grossman: 'We're both professionals'

One quarterback is under contract and expects to be the starter for the Washington Redskins.

The other will be a free agent when the NFL resumes business. He, too, expects to be the team’s starter.

Neither one is Donovan McNabb. No, while the Redskins have gathered for player-run workouts this offseason it’s been John Beck and Rex Grossman performing much of the work. Beck is the one under contract, the one Mike Shanahan has hinted could be the guy. Grossman is the free agent who expects to return, and was the first choice last season when the McNabb era unraveled.

Both have taken to radio stations in D.C. and expressed their desire to be the starter. Beck may have taken a little more of a leadership role in organizing things, but according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Grossman may have been a little sharper, at least in recent workouts.

So, how do they get along?

We’re both professionals,” Beck told Jones. “We’ve been in this situation before. I get that question asked all the time. But is this the first time that either one of us has competed for a job with an NFL team? No. We know what the feeling’s like. We know the way the team views it. We know how we have to both be as the quarterback of the team. It’s part of the job and both of us know that, and we’re used to it and that’s just what it is.”

We’ll see how this shakes out when football resumes. Ultimately, the quarterback Shanahan is seeking probably isn’t on the roster – or in this discussion of passers.

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