John Beck admittedly wasn’t at his best Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the shaky performance did nothing to shake the quarterback’s confidence.


“I will always believe that I can be a starter in this league,” said Beck, who concluded the preseason by going 10-for-21 for108 yards and an interception in a 29-24 win over the Bucs. “In the quarterback position, there are going to be ups and downs and plays that aren’t going to go the way you think they should, but that’s part of the quarterback position. I’ve just tried to continue through that and just give myself a chance.”

Beck’s rival, Rex Grossman did not play. Coach Mike Shanahan said that Grossman in three preseason games had shown enough for coaches to get a feel for what he can do. The eighth-year pro had attempted 53 passes, completing 34 of them for 407 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

“I was really happy with how I played this preseason, in practice and in games. I put my best foot forward and I feel good about it,” Grossman said after Thursday’s game. “We have been real efficient running the ball and throwing the ball. Every area of the offense has looked good. We all have played well and played together within the scheme and looked real efficient.”

Meanwhile, Beck entered the game having attempted only 27 passes in two games. He had the higher completion percentage entering the Bucs game (74 percent) and the better passer rating (99.0 compared to Grossman’s 92.3). But after the preseason finale, Beck’s final statline reads as follows: 30-for-48 for 356 yards, a completion percentage of 62.5, one touchdown, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 74.7.

Despite his confidence, Beck didn’t want to make any predictions of what he thought would play out in the next few days.

“I don’t want to get into it because I don’t know how it’s all going to play out. Obviously, tonight my main goal was to go out and do my very best so that I could put myself in a position for a chance. Tonight wasn’t necessarily my best because there were some throws that, at my best, I would have made. So, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I just continue to do my best regardless and give myself a chance.”