John Beck Named Washington Redskins' Starter For Preseason Game Vs. Colts Friday

Rex Grossman got his chance, and now, John Beck will get his. Mike Shanahan announced that Beck would be the team's starting quarterback when the Redskins take on the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night.

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Washington Redskins Training Camp: John Beck Getting Healthier, Ready For Friday's Start Against Indy

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."


Washington Redskins Training Camp: John Beck To Start Friday Vs. Colts, Mike Shanahan Says

Rex Grossman got his chance to shine for the Washington Redskins in their first preseason game. Now, it's John Beck's turn. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Beck will be the team's starter when the Redskins take on the Indianapolis Colts in their second preseason game on Friday.

Beck had a groin injury last week, allowing Grossman the chance to start. Grossman took advantage with a solid performance against the Steelers, completing 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. However, with Beck back healthy, he will get a chance to show what he can do.

There was speculation about whether the QB battle was a fair fight after Jason Reid's column in the Washington Post suggested the job was Beck's to lose. Shanahan didn't comment on that. He did, however, initially say "you know me better than that," when asked if Beck would start Friday before revealing that he would, according to SB Nation D.C.'s Redskins reporter Daniel Shiferaw.

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Washington Redskins Training Camp: Is Quarterback Job John Beck's To Lose?

The Washington Redskins have yet to announce who their starting quarterback will be when they take the field for the first game of the season in a few weeks, and as of right now, the situation is probably as complicated as ever. All Summer we heard about how the coaches loved John Beck, but when he was injured for their first preseason game, Rex Grossman shined. So with Grossman's performance, one could assume that it was his job for the timing. According to Jason Reid, that might not be the case because the Coaching Shanahans simply love John Beck. 

They could have pursued an accomplished veteran to challenge Beck despite potential difficulties a newcomer may have experienced in their complex offensive system. They could have named Grossman the starter at the outset of training camp and given Beck, who has only one season in their offense, more time. Instead, they’re all in on Beck. The Redskins have added lower-tier quarterbacks who pose no threat to him. That leaves Grossman as the only obstacle between Beck and Washington’s top spot, and the judges who matter are rooting for Beck.

So there you have it. Unless something happens that forces the Shanahans to reconsider the stance they seem to be fairly entrenched in, John Beck is probably going to be your starter.

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