McNabb, Grossman excel in debuts with Redskins

Donovan McNabb has completed his preseason debut for the Washington Redskins, and Rex Grossman has positively shined.

McNabb got his first experience in the Mike Shanahan offense tonight in a game the Redskins are leading Buffalo big in the second half. He completed 5-of-8 passes for 58 yards and, including a short four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anthony Armstrong.

But if there were questions whether or not Grossman, the former Chicago Bears quarterback could hold off recently acquired John Beck for the backup job, he might have answered those. Grossman was 11-for-18 for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He hit tight end Fred Davis for a nine-yard score and hooked up with former second-round draft pick Devin Thomas on a 44-yard touchdowns.

Grossman, signed early in the offseason when Jason Campbell was still projected to be the starter, was a backup in Houston last season where he got his first exposure to the offense playing for Kyle Shanahan, who was the Texans offensive coordinator. It’s only a preseason game but McNabb and Grossman both passed the test.

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