Opportunity arrives for John Beck
John Beck meets the intersection of opportunity and preparation tonight when the Washington Redskins play at the Indianapolis Colts.
We’ll see how prepared Beck is to become the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. By all accounts, the job will be his unless he falls on his face in the next two weeks. He’s been in a pseudo-competition with Rex Grossman, kind of the like the situation Grossman found himself in with the Chicago Bears in 2007.
“We all should be curious,” Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said, according to Rick Maese of the Washington Post. “We haven’t seen him. We know he’s a capable, good quarterback, but it doesn’t matter until the game. We all got to find out what he can do.”
Grossman performed well last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, connecting on 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. So, he’s done everything he can at this point.
“I believe that he’ll do well,” Shanahan said. “But this will be my first time really playing with him fully in a game. To actually go in this game as the starter, going with the first team, I’m excited to see what we’ve got.”
Beck sat out last week with a groin injury. He was ahead of Grossman, who was forced to sit out the first week because he re-signed as a free agent.
“I think it’s human nature to feel pressure,” Shanahan said. “I think Rex did play well, but that doesn’t change anything with John.”
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