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John Beck or Rex Grossman? Redskins’ QB battle isn’t over just yet

While folks like Pro Football Talk and ESPN's Adam Schefter seemed eager to hand the starting quarterback job to John Beck following Friday night's performance, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan isn't quite ready to crown a victor in the team's heated position battle. And Rex Grossman certainly isn't about to concede.


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Grossman was 7-of-12 passing for 88 yards and had one interception. His quarterback rating was 46.5. Beck, on the other hand, was 14-of-17 passing for 140 yards, good for a quarterback rating of 101.0.

"For the most part, we did alright," Grossman said. "Production -- we didn't score any points, but there's some new faces, a couple mistakes here or there that killed us. We made some big plays but we didn't capitalize on them for some points."

The closest Grossman came to scoring was early in the fourth quarter, when his short pass to Mike Sellers turned into a 22-yard gain and put the Redskins on the Indianapolis 29-yard line. Just two plays later, though, Grossman aimed at the middle of the field and was picked off by Colts linebacker Adrian Moten, a former Maryland Terp.
"I was looking at the receiver and he had his guy beat. My vision was cut off to the backside guy who read the play, made a nice play on that," Grossman said. "Obviously, if I would've saw him, I wouldn't have thrown it. ...He read the play, jumped it and I didn't see him."

While Beck had the advantage of playing behind the first-string offensive line and with the team's top receivers in the first half, Grossman was only facing the Colts' second- and third-string defensive players.
"I always try to grade myself on every single play based on whatever look I get, whatever situation, whatever circumstance is dealt, how do I deal with it?" he said.
Regardless of his individual performance, Grossman said it's tough to look at the offense through two preseason games and not notice a unit that has made strides from a season ago.

"We look pretty good," he said. "We need to carry this into the regular season."

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.

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