If you’d be interested in a positive evaluation of John Beck’s early practices from someone outside the coaching staff, I give you Joe Theismann, talking to Fox 5.
“I think first of all John throws the ball very well,” Theismann told Dave Ross. “He has a quick release. Gets the ball down the field. Doesn’t have an overpowering arm, but good enough to get it as far as you’re gonna need it to be able to play at this level. The whole thing with John’s just gonna be experience. How experienced is he gonna be as time goes on?...But I like what John’s done. Mike Shanahan sure likes him.”
Then Ross asked about Rex Grossman coming in to compete for the starting quarterback job.
“I don’t think he’ll compete,” Theismann said. “I think it’s John Beck’s job to lose. I think Rex would come in as a backup, just in case the situation is needed.”
(Redskins rules prohibit me from embedding the video in question, but you can watch it here.)