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Quick Hits: Rex Grossman, John Beck compete at QB

— Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said X-rays conducted on the top of Malcolm Kelly's sore right foot were negative.

— Shanahan declined to give an assessment on the play of quarterback Rex Grossman, but said he is pleased that there now is competition at that position.

— Shanahan liked Chris Chester coming out of Oklahoma and said he's been pleased with the guard's play the last two practices.

— Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and linebacker London Fletcher both watched the team portions of practice. Shanahan said it was to evaluate other players and rest both veterans.

— Shanahan said backup tackle Clint Oldenburg missed practice because he was sick.

— Grossman got the first round of first-team snaps during the team's 11-on-11 drills. Later in practice, during the timed, down-and-distance 11-on-11 work, Beck got the first-team snaps. Both Grossman and Beck had some rather ugly passes, and a few overthrows of open receivers. Grossman seems to get the ball out a little quicker. Beck seemed to hold onto it too long several times, and the plays broke down.

— The sharpest passer on the day actually appeared to be Kellen Clemens, whom Shanahan praised for how quickly he has picked things up.

— It's amazing, however, what a good receiver like Santana Moss can do for a quarterback. Moss made two impressive grabs, getting a step on Kevin Barnes to pluck a Beck pass out of the air on a crossing route and later came back to a Grossman pass, pulling it down in traffic.

— The first-team defensive line got the best of the first-team offensive line more often than not.

— Rookie wideout Leonard Hankerson has made some spectacular, seemingly impossible catches, but he has dropped a lot of easy balls. Fellow rookie Niles Paul has looked  solid thus far and moves really well despite being 6-2, 220. Artis Hicks, who kept the starting right guard spot warm for Chris Chester, now works with the second unit. Xavier Fulton previously had taken all of the right guard snaps on the second-team but shifted to left guard, bumping out Selvish Capers to third.

— Rookie Maurice Hurt was drafted as a guard, but has been getting work at tackle. Friday morning he was the second unit's right tackle.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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