“It’s a little tough to go out there today, with a lot of people playing a lot of different positions,” Shanahan said. “What I mean by that is any time you don’t go with your first unit and you’re trying to separate people: wide receivers, running backs, offensive linemen, some times it gets a little ugly. But you’re still able to evaluate players.”
Beck paused at his stall long after the locker room had cleared out and pondered some of the throws he missed.
There was the one he appeared to telegraph to the left sideline on Washington’s third series, which a Tampa Bay defender nearly intercepted. One throw to Terrence Austin was batted down when he failed to put the ball out in front of Austin and away from the defender.
“Tonight wasn’t necessarily my best, because there were some throws that at my best, I make those throws,” Beck told reporters.
Beck threw off his back foot a jump ball to rookie Niles Paul in the end zone. Cornerback D.J. Johnson had inside position and intercepted the pass.
“I would’ve liked for it to end on a higher note tonight,” Beck said.
Running back Ryan Torain finished with 73 yards on 17 carries in his first preseason game. The first-string running back entering training camp had been sidelined by a broken left hand.
In the first half, rookie running back Evan Royster (44 yards, 11 carries) scored from 1 yard out three plays after linebacker Rob Jackson sacked third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter. Markus White returned the ensuing fumble to the Buccaneers‘ 2-yard line.
Tampa Bay took the lead, 24-23, with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2 minutes, 7 seconds remaining.
Washington won it, though, on Donté Stallworth’s 41-yard touchdown from Kellen Clemens with 1:07 to play. Stallworth beat Johnson on a fly pattern down the right sideline and juggled the ball before securing it in the end zone.
By then, the two competitors for the Redskins‘ starting quarterback job had made their closing arguments. Now we await the verdict.
“We get a chance to look at film from today, and we get a couple more days of practice,” Shanahan said. “Then we should make a decision, at least from a coaching staff standpoint. We may share it, we may not — it all depends on what we think gives us the best chance to win.”
The defensive first-stringers that sat out were nose tackle Barry Cofield, defensive end Stephen Bowen, linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh and Brian Orakpo, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and safeties Reed Doughty and Oshiomogho Atogwe.