ASHBURN,Va - With Tuesday being the team's last practice of training camp and with their second preseason game just three nights away, the Redskins hope to clear up their murky quarterback situation.
John Beck, who was limited last week due to a groin injury, has been practicing at full speed this week in anticipation for his start Friday night against the Indianapolis Colts. He will try to perform as well, if not better than, the man who has been his stiffest competition for the starting quarterback job in Rex Grossman.
Tuesday may have been Beck's strongest practice in all of camp. He worked in 11-on-11's primarily with the first team offense, showing that not only is he getting healthier, but he's also becoming more comfortable with Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Beck had plenty zip on his passes Tuesday, as he was able to complete on a variety of different throws from sideline routes to deep routes to underneath patterns. He seemed to know when and where to get rid of the ball and looked comfortable going through his progressions. His accuracy was also the best it's been all camp, with the majority of passes hitting receivers in stride and between the numbers on their jerseys.
Wednesday will be the team's last practice before the game on Friday. Shanahan confirmed after Tuesday's practice that Beck will indeed get the start over Grossman against the Colts.
Friday's game represents a huge opportunity for Beck to help seize the starting job away from Grossman. And after a week on the sideline due to injury, Beck is now ready to show what he's got.
"I'm just excited to play," he said after practice. "I missed an opportunity [last week]. It would have been good to have that week of practice leading up to the game, and playing the game, but I wasn't able to. So for me this is my first opportunity to go out and play, and I'm excited for it."