The most damaging was pick No. 3. The Redskins trailed 20-6 with 6 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Despite being dominated, they still had a chance. DeAngelo Hall’s interception had just given Washington possession at the Eagles‘ 18-yard line.
After an unsuccessful running play, Grossman tried to find tight end Fred Davis near the goal line.
“I trusted that [Davis] was going to be able to cross the safety’s face on his route,” Grossman said. “I’m not sure what happened, but he wasn’t able to. The safety stepped up in front.”
Beck came in and managed one touchdown drive, running it in himself from 2 yards. He finished 8-of-15 passing for 117 yards and a passer rating of 79.0. He completed several passes by maintaining quality mechanics under pressure.
Those snaps were his first with the first-team offense since the preseason. He practiced exclusively with the scout team since then.
“A handful of weeks of being in on meetings, being out at practice, I tried to visually get as much as I could from practice, standing in a position where my eyes could get reps, just trying to do what I could if this did happen,” Beck said.
“To be honest, I don’t know if I felt a great rhythm because of the way the game had gone, and we were trying to claw for what we could.”
Beck impressed some of his teammates with how he played after coming in cold.
“For John to be in mentally, you have to give him kudos because he was able to come in and give us spark and keep his composure without him being in for the last six weeks,” receiver Donté Stallworth said.
Now it’s up to Shanahan to decide whether Beck is ready to take over permanently. Since languishing in the preseason finale, Beck has had another six weeks to learn. Will that produce a significant improvement?
The Redskins can only hope.
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