“You see the athleticism,” Gruden said. “You don’t know what happened to John Beck in the last three years, but you do know he acquired knowledge, and he may have gotten a lot stronger. But watch the athleticism, to throw the ball from an awkward delivery and accurate.”
“It means a lot because I know he’s someone I respect as a coach,” Beck said. “It’s nice to know that there’s people that would believe because for years I was behind the scenes just doing my work so that there would be a day that someone would believe the way I felt.”
Grossman has earned his share of praise, too. The feedback about Beck might be more interesting because he was such an unknown quantity entering training camp, but Grossman still is trying to overcome the perception that he is not a frontline NFL starter.
He believes he can exceed expectations because his familiarity with the offense is helping him play better than he did in three starts at the end of last season.
Take his touchdown pass to Santana Moss at the end of the first half Thursday. The Redskins ran a similar play in last season’s finale against New York, but Grossman was hit and fumbled because he was unsure of whom to target. He hitched twice and was too slow getting rid of the ball.
“I’m playing faster, making faster decisions, getting the ball out of my hands and making the right decisions,” Grossman said.
That was apparent to Jaworski, too.
“Rex, I saw him late last year,” he said. “I thought there were times when he looked tremendous and there were times where there were the head-scratchers again. But I think he has a very good grasp of the offense. He ran that two-minute drill the other night to perfection. You could see he just knows what he’s doing.”