2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Beck soaks in solo run as Redskins' No. 1 QB

By JOSEPH WHITE - AP Sports Writer
    2011-08-03 18:02

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - For the first five practice days of training camp, John Beck has enjoying having the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job all to himself, getting the first-team work while the team waited for Rex Grossman to re-sign and become eligible to take part.

On Wednesday, the fifth day of the solo run, Beck sported a new look, switching jerseys from No. 3 to No. 12.

A number change during camp usually isn't a big deal, especially for a player who hasn't been in a regular season game since 2007, but Beck is the type who doesn't mind telling a story from start to finish. Plus, his unexpected rise to contender for the No. 1 spot- and the extraordinary confidence that Mike Shanahan has expressed in him - has made Beck the most compelling story of camp.

So here's the condensed version of the tale behind the jersey. It started when Beck wore No. 14 in his first year of flag football because he worshipped Ty Detmer.

``First year of tackle football, my coach, I think he was a big Terry Bradshaw fan or something,'' Beck said. ``He gave me 12 and I was, like, furious. I went home, just so mad. But I rode 12 the entire time through Pop Warner, junior high, high school and college.''

Beck couldn't wear No. 12 after he was drafted by Miami because it belonged to Bob Griese and had been retired. He got it back when he went to Baltimore for a season and wanted it again when he joined the Redskins during training camp last year, but it already belonged to receiver Malcolm Kelly and there wasn't time to make the switch.

Everything's now been worked out. Kelly has switched to No. 14 - and he didn't even make Beck buy him lunch for it.

``I really don't think Malcolm liked his number. ... He told me it brought him injuries,'' said Beck, who, realizing what he had just said, then knocked the wood on the podium a couple of times.

Fans will relish such biographical tidbits if Beck wins the job and then wins some games. They'll quickly become irrelevant if he sits on the bench for yet another season.

If expectations seem unusually out of proportion, it's largely because of words spoken by the coaching staff. Shanahan opened camp by saying he's staking his reputation on Beck and Grossman. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said of Beck after the opening practice: ``It's the first day out there - and I don't have to correct him on anything.''

Kyle Shanahan then invoked some lofty names while talking about Beck's mindset.

``You look at all those top guys in the league. You start with (Tom) Brady, (Peyton) Manning, you go to (Drew) Brees and those other players, and tell me which one of those guys doesn't have an A-type personality and demands perfection,'' the offensive coordinator said. ``Guys who are like that usually do.''

Both Shanahans also pointed out that Beck's only regular season experience came late in the season as a rookie for a Miami team that went 1-15, hardly an ideal way to start a career.

Regardless, the results at practice have so far been inconclusive. Beck has had sessions when he's threaded the needle beautifully and others when he had trouble completing a single pass. His highlight Wednesday was a nice deep touchdown throw to Jabar Gaffney down the left side.

``It was good these past five days to get the majority of the reps,'' Beck said. ``That's what I wanted. I wanted to come out, get the experience, make some mistakes here or there, chunk some balls down the field and see what we got, and that happened.''

It's understandable that the practices have been ragged at times. There were no team-run offseason practices or conditioning programs, and signed free agents such as Grossman can't practice until there's a new labor agreement in place. Mike Shanahan scrapped his plans to run timed down-and-distance drills the first four days because he felt the players weren't in sufficient shape. Beck finally got to run the drill Tuesday.

Also, with Grossman not practicing - and with only a pair of undrafted rookie quarterbacks on hand to share the load - Beck was getting so much work that his arm was sore Tuesday. He said it was fine Wednesday, and Grossman is set to join the fray Thursday unless there's a delay caused by the labor talks.

Mike Shanahan said both quarterbacks will work with the first and second units in a competition that is expected to last until late in the preseason. Beck said he needs to ``eliminate false movements'' and become more fluid as he goes through his options in the pocket.

``He's done a good job. He's possessed,'' Kyle Shanahan said. ``He's attacking this as hard as anyone could.''

Notes: DL Kedric Golston is back with the Redskins, signing a one-year contract. He has been with the team since 2006 and started 13 games last year, but he'll now battle for a backup spot with the additions of Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen. ... S Reed Doughty, also a free agent, said he is re-signing with the team and was on his way to the airport to fly to Washington. ... RB Ryan Torain injured his left hand during practice and had it heavily wrapped. He was scheduled to see a hand specialist Wednesday night. ... WR Brandon Banks sat out with a sore knee. ... LB Ryan Kerrigan remains limited with a bone bruise in his right knee. ... The Redskins still don't have a punter in camp because free agent signing Sav Rocca remains in Australia trying to get a visa. Rocca had to leave the United States during the lockout because he didn't have a job. Mike Shanahan said he hopes Rocca will be in camp by Monday. ``Eventually they'll let him go. At least I hope they'll get him go,'' the coach said with a smile. ``If not, I told him to get married to an American, and that'll make it easier.''

---

Joseph White can be reached at http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Odell Beckham Jr.Jul 30 10:43a

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is expected to be out at least another week, although tests on his hamstring came back negative Tuesday, July 29. The [ More ]

Marquis FlowersJul 30 10:33a

Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) and LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring) were activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

David WilsonJul 30 10:13a

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) will sit out of practice the rest of the week and won't play in the first preseason game. He underwent tests Tuesday, [ More ]

Lardarius WebbJul 30 08:33a

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) had recent examinations reveal no structural damage to his back. It's believed to be a muscular problem that will require rest and rehabilitation. [ More ]

Chris RaineyJul 30 02:13a

LB Darrin Kitchens (Bills), OT Chris Faulk (Browns), PK Jake Rogers (Browns), OT Aslam Sterling (Broncos), RB Chris Rainey (Colts), WR Gerald Ford (Dolphins), OT DeMarcus Love (Giants) and [ More ]

Ricky SappJul 30 02:03a

The Houston Texans released LB Ricky Sapp (undisclosed) from their Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 29. Sapp is free to sign with any team.

Demarcus LawrenceJul 30 01:33a

Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot) suffered a broken foot Tuesday, July 29, and he will need eight to 10 weeks recovery time, according to a source.

Brandon PettigrewJul 30 12:53a

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew and the other tight ends have split time between working on the offensive line and working with the pass-catching receivers and running backs catching [ More ]

Corey HilliardJul 30 12:53a

Detroit Lions OTs Corey Hilliard and LaAdrian Waddle appear to be getting an equal shot at the starting right tackle job. Hilliard worked with the first-team offense Monday, July [ More ]

Kevin OgletreeJul 30 12:53a

Detroit Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has been spent time on the top unit each of the first two days of training camp, working as the No. 3 receiver. He [ More ]

Jason HatcherJul 30 12:13a

Washington Redskins DE Jarvis Jenkins said the team's signing of DE Jason Hatcher this offseason was a wakeup call that has motivated him to become a better player. 'I've [ More ]

Patrick PetersonJul 30 12:03a

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson announced via Twitter Tuesday, July 29, that he has signed a five-year contract extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.

Robert MeachemJul 29 11:53p

New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and OT Tavon Rooks (back) returned to practice Tuesday, July 29.

Greg ScruggsJul 29 11:43p

Seattle Seahawks DT Jordan Hill, SS Jeron Johnson, DE Greg Scruggs and LB Mike Morgan are four players that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn mentioned when asked what players have [ More ]

Jonathan DwyerJul 29 11:33p

Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor worked with the first-team offense in place of RB Andre Ellington (neck) Tuesday, July 29. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com believes the move means that [ More ]

Jake MatthewsJul 29 11:23p

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews has impressed QB Matt Ryan during training camp. 'I think Jake, his size and he's very strong, very athletic,' Ryan said Tuesday, July [ More ]

Dale MossJul 29 11:03p

The Chicago Bears signed free-agent WR Dale Moss (Panthers) to a one-year deal Tuesday, July 29. The financial terms were not disclosed.

Jerrel JerniganJul 29 10:43p

New York Giants CB Charles James could make the roster as a punt returner as a result of injuries to RB David Wilson (neck) and WR Odell Beckham Jr. [ More ]

Zac StacyJul 29 10:23p

St. Louis Ram RB Tre Mason saw received some snaps with the first-team Tuesday, July 29, with RB Zac Stacy receiving a majority of the work with the first-team.

Ray McDonaldJul 29 09:53p

San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver (knee), CB Tramaine Brock (knee) and DE Ray McDonald (leg) did not practice Tuesday, July 29.

O'Brien SchofieldJul 29 09:33p

Seattle Seahawks LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (stomach) missed practice Tuesday, July 29, with a stomach injury, and LB O'Brien Schofield was given a scheduled day of rest.

Bryan BulagaJul 29 08:43p

Green Bay Packers OT Bryan Bulaga (knee) performed well in one-on-one pass-blocking drills Monday, July 28, stopping a rush attempt from LB Clay Matthews and two attempts from LB Julius Peppers.

Calvin JohnsonJul 29 08:23p

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is taking part in fewer reps in training camp this year than in years past and said he is trying to be smarter about [ More ]

Giorgio TavecchioJul 29 08:13p

Detroit Lions K Nate Freese and K Giorgio Tavecchio both missed field-goal attempts from nearly 50 yards during practice Tuesday, July 29, and the two remain in a competition for the starting kicking job.

Theo RiddickJul 29 07:53p

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick possesses intensity, hustle, desire and toughness, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Riddick added that his versatility enables him to pressure defenses from the backfield.

Ben GardnerJul 29 07:33p

Dallas Cowboys DT Terrell McClain (ankle), OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) OG Darius Morris (undisclosed), LB William Smith (undisclosed), DE Ben Gardner (shoulder), CB Brandon Carr (personal), DT Amobi Okoye [ More ]

Sean LeeJul 29 06:53p

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) thinks he will return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee completely healthy. Lee is with the team in California [ More ]

Brian HoyerJul 29 06:43p

Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer may not be the team's answer at quarterback, according to NFL Media's Charley Casserly. Casserly said the Browns' answer at the [ More ]

David WilsonJul 29 06:33p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) will undergo tests after suffering a 'burner' in practice Tuesday, July 29. The team 'will be careful' with Wilson.

Bobby WagnerJul 29 06:23p

Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (calf) and OG James Carpenter (calf) left practice Tuesday, July 29, with calf injuries. Head coach Pete Carroll did not think either injuries were serious.

Steven JacksonJul 29 06:23p

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith [ More ]

Michael VickJul 29 05:43p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith may be on a shorter leash this year with QB Michael Vick as his backup. Head coach Rex Ryan said the team's quarterback [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group