LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of a preseason game at FedExField on September 1, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Redskins Vs. Buccaneers: John Beck Struggles In 29-24 Redskins Win

John Beck struggled in his final preseason start, but the Redskins were able to score late to get a 29-24 win over the Buccaneers.

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Did NFL Preseason Really Teach Us Anything About John Beck?

The preseason is over, and Mike Shanahan must eventually name a starting quarterback. Will it be John Beck or Rex Grossman? Do we even have enough information to make an informed decision on Beck?


Redskins Vs. Buccaneers: John Beck Has Uneven Performance In Preseason Finale

In their final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting quarterback hopeful John Beck wasn't able to solidify his case for the job. In fact, he may have hurt his chances.

Beck, who was playing behind his starting offensive line (a group that also had a bad night), was unable to repeat his solid performances against the Colts and Ravens. Playing against Buccaneer backups, Beck struggled to find his rhythm.He looked uncomfortable making his reads and progressions, and wound up making questionable decisions to boot.

An example was when he repeatedly chose to go towards tight end/fullback Mike Sellers' way on several passes, most of which on ill advised throws. Beck threw across his body to the middle of the field - a big no-no for quarterbacks - attempting to hit Sellers multiple times. At the end of the first half, Beck threw a jump ball to Niles Paul in the end zone, but had the pass intercepted.

Beck's competitor, Rex Grossman, was given the night off, which may or may not be an indication that the coaching staff has already made their decision as to who might be the starting quarterback come Week 1 against the Giants.

When Mike Shanahan was asked after the game about the current state about the quarterback competition, he didn't hedge in either direction.

Regardless who Shanahan's choice is, it looks like the competition will finally come to an end in the next week.


Redskins Vs. Buccaneers: Redskins Finish Preseason With 29-24 Victory Over Buccaneers

The Redskins concluded the preseason with a 29-24 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The game was mostly a sloppy one, as both teams opted to rest the majority of their starters, leaving the roster hopefuls on both sides to battle for the remaining roster spots.

The brightest performance of the night came from return man Brandon Banks, who all but sealed his spot on the roster when he returned a punt 95 yards for a score. There was doubt as to whether or not Banks could make the final cut due to his injury history, but he seemingly silenced all those doubts the moment he (barely) crossed the plane of the goal line. 

The other performance of note was of starting quarterback hopeful John Beck, who did not have his best night. Beck finished the night going 10 of 21 for 108 yards and a pick. He looked uncomfortable on several throws, and didn't seem in sync with his receivers, most of whom who second stringers.

The game ended with a furious "comeback" from the Bucs, as they scored on a fourth quarter touchdown to bring the score to 23-22. From there, Raheem Morris went for the win and opted to go for the two-point conversion. He succeeded, and the Bucs took a 24-23 lead.

The Redskins came right back, scoring on a 41 yard touchdown reception from Donte Stallworth, giving them a 29-24 lead that would stick for good.

The team will now prepare for their season opener against the New York Giants on September 11th.


Redskins Vs. Buccaneers: Sloppy Second Quarter Is Highlighted By Brandon Banks' Punt Return, Redskins Lead 17-3 At Half

The Redskins and Buccaneers head into the locker room with the home team up () at halftime. 

To put it simply, this has been a sloppy game by both teams, expected. After all, it is the fourth game of the preseason, one where coaches rest the starters and evaluate most of the second and third string players.

The second quarter, while sloppy, did manage to clear up one roster issue once and for all - that Brandon Banks is making the 53 man roster. The Redskins' smallest player made the biggest statement when he took a punt 95 yards for a score. which all but locked up his place on the team.

Beck finished with the half with a less than stellar performance, going 10 for 21 and 108 yards passing, including an endzone interception late in the half. 

It wasn't the greatest of performances, and one that will probably lead to many believing that the team will go with Rex Grossman against the Giants in Week 1.

The second half should see the players who are even further buried on the depth chart duke it out for the team's final roster spots.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins Score: Brandon Banks Punt Return Gives Washington 14-0 Lead

Brandon Banks may have cemented his status on the Redskins' roster in one fell swoop during the Redskins' preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins' kickoff return specialist made it happen on a punt return, running one back 95 yards to give the Redskins a 14-0 lead.

Banks was pushed back by a really nice punt, but elected to return it anyway. He paused for a second, then shot up the middle through a pack of players. He eventually easily outran the punter and had a wide open lane to the end zone.

On the replay, it looked like Banks may have dropped the ball just before reaching the end zone, which would have given the ball back to Tampa Bay. The Redskins' announcers were beside themselves and talked about what a horrible mistake Banks made. Then, the play got upheld, and they looked silly.

For more on the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game, visit Hogs Haven, Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins Score: Rob Jackson's Forced Fumble Leads To 7-0 Redskins Lead

After a turnover-prone first quarter, the Washington Redskins have a 7-0 lead on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final NFL preseason game for both teams. It's been a sloppy affair befitting of a preseason game involving almost all reserves. The Redskins got their touchdown very late in the quarter to take the lead.

The play was set up by a sack by linebacker Rob Jackson. The ball fell to the floor, and seventh-round rookie Markus White picked it up and ran it back all the way to the two-yard line. A couple plays later, running back Evan Royster punched it in for the score.

Royster nearly gave away a touchdown for the Redskins early in the game, committing a fumble on the opening drive. The Buccaneers eventually drove to the goal line, but were stuffed on fourth and goal.

John Beck has been erratic early, nearly throwing three interceptions. He is 6-11 for 60 yards.

For more on the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game, visit Hogs Haven, Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins Lineups: Evan Royster Stars Over Ryan Torain

The lineups for the Redskins vs. Buccaneers NFL preseason game are out, and only one starter (Josh Wilson) will start for the Redskins. Tampa Bay will rest all 22 starters, so this will be a game to see a lot of backups. However, there was one surprising decision made by coach Mike Shanahan at running back. Sixth-round pick Evan Royster, who has been healthy all preseason, gets the start over last year's starter, Ryan Torain.

Torain has been injured for the first three games of the preseason, so one would think he would play a lot in this game to prove himself. Instead, he's sitting behind Royster, a sixth-round pick who also hasn't received a ton of opportunities behind Tim Hightower and Roy Helu. Some are speculating this means Torain's spot on the roster may be in jeopardy. While that seems like a stretch, how else could one interpret Shanahan's decision?

For more on the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game, visit Hogs Haven, Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins: John Beck Likely To Start, Several Regulars Sitting

With the Washington Redskins needing to make decisions on who to keep on their 53-man roster, it should not be a huge surprise that most of the regular starters are not likely to play in the team's final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to NBC's Dan Hellie, as many as 17 regular starters will not play in the game.

Lot of starters going to be sitting this one out. About 17 regulars not playing. #redskins #bucs

Those 17 players were all sprinting on the sidelines before the game. Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan has a list of those 17 players. They do include Rex Grossman, which means that John Beck will likely be the starter for the game. It remains to be seen if Grossman will end up playing in a backup role or if he is out for good.

For more on the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game, visit Hogs Haven, Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins: Rookies, Players On Bubble Look To Make Final Roster

Thursday's Buccaneers vs. Redskins NFL preseason game offers the last chance for the Redskins' many rookies and others to make their case to make the final 53-man roster. The final batch of NFL cuts will take place on Saturday, and 27 players will ultimately get the ax (though eight can be re-signed afterwards to the practice squad). That makes Thursday's game very important for a number of players on the current 80-man roster.

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler identifies 17 players who he believes are on the bubble to make the team. They are as follows:

  1. RB Keiland Williams
  2. WR Niles Paul
  3. WR Donte Stallworth
  4. OL Maurice Hurt
  5. OL Erik Cook
  6. RB Evan Royster
  7. FB Mike Sellers
  8. WR Brandon Banks
  9. DE Darrion Scott
  10. DE Doug Worthington
  11. DT Chris Neild
  12. LB Rob Jackson
  13. LB Markus White
  14. CB Brandyn Thompson
  15. CB Byron Westbrook
  16. S DeJon Gomes
  17. S Chris Horton

Over at Hogs Haven, Daniel Shiferaw specifically looks at the 12 Redskins rookies and their chances of making the team. Shiferaw assumes that top pick Ryan Kerrigan, third-round pick Leonard Hankerson and fourth-round pick Roy Helu are on the team. Second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins is on injured reserve.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins: Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will each bring their NFL preseason to a close when they do battle on Thursday night. Here is everything you need to know about the game, including start time, TV and radio information, announcers and more.

Who: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins.

Where: FedEx Field.

Start time: 7:30.

TV channel: Comcast SportsNet (in HD) and NBC (not in HD). CSN will begin its coverage with "Redskins Kickoff" at 6:30 p.m.

Announcers: Kenny Albert and Joe Theismann, with Doc Walker providing sideline reporting.

Radio: ESPN 980, WWXX 94.3, WWXT 92.7

Preseason records: Both teams are 2-1. The Redskins last lost to the Ravens, 34-31, while the Buccaneers last defeated the Dolphins, 17-13.

Redskins injuries: Chris Cooley (knee), LaRon Landry (hamstring).

Big question: The Redskins' quarterback situation. Duh.

One other storyline to watch: Ryan Torain is returning to the lineup after missing the first three preseason games with a wrist injury. How will he fare? Can he impress like Tim Hightower has?

For more on the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game, visit Hogs Haven, Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.


Buccaneers Vs. Redskins: Quarterback Battle Heats Up In Final Preseason Game

The Redskins face the Bucs tonight at FedEx Field in what will be the final preseason contest for both sides. Which Redskins quarterback will emerge and take the reigns as the Week 1 starter?

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