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It’s one for which Beck has waited four years. He last started a regular-season game as a rookie with the Miami Dolphins in 2007.

How long he keeps the job depends on the quality of his play, Shanahan said. The coach believes Beck potentially could be the Redskins‘ quarterback of the future, but he must protect the ball.

There’s only one way to find out if he can.

“It’s not like they fall out of trees, so you have to take a look and see what guy fits your system,” Shanahan said. “I like what I see.”