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Locker Room Reaction: Redskins 16, Colts 3

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What the Redskins had to say after their 16-3 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night:

Coach Mike Shanahan on the play of QB John Beck:

“John did a good job. I felt we moved the ball. There’s always room for improvement in all areas. I’ll have to take a look at the film to give you a good evaluation of everybody but overall, I liked the way our guys played and the effort they played with.”

QB John Beck on his performance:

“I felt pretty good about it. I’m antsy to see the tape to see things I can improve on because I know there are going to be a lot of things I can take from this and say, ‘All right, let me tweak this.’ There were a few plays right away on the field I knew, ‘OK, this is the change that’s going to have to happen as we move on.’”

QB Rex Grossman on his performance with the second-string offense:

“Other than the one interception, I tried to do the best I could. I thought I handled the situations pretty well except I didn’t see that [weak-side] linebacker reading the play.”

QB Rex Grossman on QB John Beck’s play:

“I thought he was pretty efficient. He took what they gave him. He played well.”

RB Tim Hightower on his 58-yard run on the opening drive:

“My job was easy. I saw a hole open up that a truck could drive through. I’ve got to score, though.”

WR Santana Moss on evaluating QBs John Beck and Rex Grossman after two preseason games:

“It’s hard to. Both of them had pretty good outings when it came to their chance to start. It’s hard to say who is up on the other. I feel like both of them did some great things.”

WR Anthony Armstrong on QB John Beck’s play:

“He did what was expected of him. He took charge of the offense, made very wise decisions and was able to move the ball down the field and put points on the board. That quarterback battle between him and Rex is kind of heating up a little bit. That’s what you expect from two guys that are vying to be our No. 1 guy. You expect to see them move the ball down the field.”

NT Barry Cofield on holding the Colts to 41 yards in the first half:

“The Colts without Peyton Manning is like a car without a steering wheel. You don’t get excited about stopping the Colts without Peyton Manning. We know what we did right. We know what we can do better. I think next week with Baltimore we’ll get a stiffer test.”

OLB Ryan Kerrigan on how this game was different from his debut last week:

“I was more sure of myself this week. I knew my assignments better, and I was able to see things before they happened. That’s what really helped me tonight.”

LT Trent Williams on the success of the running game (215 yards on 35 attempts):

“We still run the same plays we’ve been running last year. It’s just everybody is more familiar with the plays. It’s coming to us a lot easier.”

RB Roy Helu on whether his ability to make defenders miss comes from athleticism or reflexes:

“Both. The big thing is practice. I try to practice those things in the open field. When I got in the open field [on the 51-yard run], I didn’t go for a touchdown, and that’s something I’m going to work on because there’s a part where you absolutely have it, and there’s a part where endurance comes in and that’s what I need to build.”

K Graham Gano on whether he’d like to attempt some longer field goals:

“I’d like to attempt some more extra points. The long field goals are a lot of fun always, to show your leg strength out there. But as long as I’m going 100 percent, I’m happy.”

WR Terrence Austin (3 catches, 23 yards) on what he showed as a receiver:

“I think I made some catches when I needed to make them, like the third-down conversion. I’ve been doing a lot of this stuff the longest, and I’m just trying to keep being consistent. That’s it. If anything I showed that I’m consistent.”

**side note here: WR coach Keenan McCardell praised Austin’s consistency in an interview last week.

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