Quarterback Chris Garrity may have completed the two most important passes of his career today.
With those passes, his only completions in today's 21-14 scrimmage victory over Baltimore, Garrity might have jumped ahead in the three-way race to be Washington's No. 3 quarterback, if Coach Joe Gibbs decides to keep that many.
Garrity, a rookie free agent from William and Mary, teamed with veteran Alvin Garrett for an eight-yard touchdown pass during the Redskins' final possession of the day. That score gave them the victory over the Colts, who had rallied from a 14-0 deficit.
With the Redskins' remaining veterans ready to start practice Monday, there will be less and less time for Garrity, Phil Kessel and Bob Holly to impress Gibbs. But Gibbs already is intrigued with Garrity.
"He possesses something that I've been trying to identify," Gibbs said. "He takes on a different dimension when the lights go on. He jumped out at the scrimmage (Wednesday night) and he jumped out today. He's a scrapper."
That's something Baltimore Coach Frank Kush wasn't able to say about any of his players. He described the hitting by his players as "patty-cake, patty-cake" and conceded the Colts had a marathon race ahead to become better.
Consider this: Baltimore was playing with the nucleus of what is expected to be its starting team. The Redskins went almost exclusively with rookies and young veterans, none of whom figures to start this season, yet clearly outplayed their opponents most of the way.
"A long way to go," Kush said about his future Krunch Korps. For now, the Colts seem lethargic and confused. "We have some attitude problems that we have to get turned around. We looked better but I can't get elated. I was extremely disappointed with our tackling and pass coverage."
He also was less than pleased with his quarterbacks. For now, he says veteran David Humm is the starter over rookies Art Schlichter and Mike Pagel. But before he named Humm, he first named Zeke Bratkowski, his offensive coordinator and former Green Bay player. And he probably was only half-kidding.
Gibbs appears to have fewer quarterback problems. Tom Flick, Joe Theismann's backup, showed maturity in a five-for-five, 70-yard performance that set up Washington's first two touchdowns against Baltimore's starting defense. His most impressive efforts were a 19-yarder to Charlie Brown and a 36-yarder to tight end Duane Dloughy, who made a fine finger-tip catch at the Colt one.
Then, after Kessel, a first-year player from Northern Michigan, and Holly, an 11th-round pick from Princeton, struggled against a more aggressive defense, Garrity took over with seven plays left in the scrimmage.
His first pass was 20 yards to Garrett, the veteran ex-Giant who is trying to secure a receiving position. Two plays later, Garrity lobbed a pass into the corner of the end zone, where Garrett had outdistanced two defenders. Rookie Dick Craft kicked the conversion.
"I knew going in I had to make the best use of the little time I would have," Garrity said. "I'm a longshot, no question about it, a free agent from a small college. But I wanted to give it a try. Anything I can do positive has to help me in the future. . . I guess what I did today can't hurt my bid."
Nor can the touchdown reception hurt Garrett, who is contending with Brown and rookie Carl Powell for backup spots at receiver behind Art Monk and Virgil Seay.
But he wasn't the only end to do something catchy. Chy Davidson of Rhode Island made two nice catches in the seven-on-seven passing segment of the scrimmage and Rodney Goosby of Nevada-Las Vegas had his moments in the same drill.
Injuries forced the Redskins to use veteran running backs Clarence Harmon, Wilbur Jackson and Nick Giaquinto. Harmon scored a touchdown and gained 20 yards on five carries. Giaquinto led all rushers with 27 yards on five attempts.
There was at least one defensive gem: linebacker Jeff Goff, a 12th-round choice from Arkansas, intercepted a pass with no Colt near him. Unfortunately, only the offense could score touchdowns in the scrimmage, so Goff's chance for glory was whistled to a halt.
"I think the scrimmage will help us evaluate our personnel," Gibbs said. "Some guys stick out, and some will go backward. It's time to move on. We can't wait around much longer for some of them."
The Redskins reported only three injuries: running back Bobby Batton (hamstring), defensive end Ralph Warthen (pinched nerve in his neck) and running back Mike Crayton (calf strain) . . . Baltimore's most impressive performer was receiver Holden Smith, who had a seven-yard touchdown reception and proved difficult to cover in the seven-on-seven drill . . . The Redskins announced that scout Charley Casserly, who has been serving as training camp director, has been named assistant general manager. Casserly replaces Dick Myers, who now is the general manager of Washington's United States Football League team.