The Preseason Will Go a Long Way for the Redskins in 2011

By Redskins Gab Columnist Patrick Rice

Redskins camp is in full throttle as we near week one of pre-season games. At this point in the process every team has questions and it is not uncommon for those questions to be far from answered.

Pre-season games give coaches a chance to evaluate players at game speed and see how they react in certain situations. With the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to the District on Friday, I thought it would be fitting to point out position battles that Redskins fans keep a close eye on. Knowing what to look for makes pre-season games more interesting and here are the battles I will be closely observing. Feel free to leave a comment to begin a discussion regarding each position. Lets begin:

Quarterback– Was there any doubt that this would be the first on the list? Everyone seems to believe that Beck will come out of the tunnel on September 11 to face the Giants. Beck’s bold statements during the lockout and high praise from Shanahan have fueled the “In Beck We Trust” campaign. However, Mike Shanahan has not named a starter and I believe he s nowhere near naming one. Beck received most of the first team reps in the beginning because of the lockout and was joined by Rex Grossman a little more then a week ago.

It is not clear who will start the Pittsburgh game yet, but my belief is it will be Grossman. Beck strained his groin in practice this past week and may not be ready. Thus, I trust Grossman will get the start and more playing time with the first team offense. Throughout the pre-season watch two aspects of the battle.

1. Beck’s deep ball: Beck has had trouble in camp throwing the deep ball and it has been a problem of his for a while. If he can complete a few deep balls and remain consistent with his short to intermediate passes he will win the position.

2. Rex’s turnovers: This has been Grossman’s Achilles heel. He has performed remarkably well at times, but his turnover problems have plagued him and made him an NFL journeyman. If he does not turnover the ball over then he may sneak in and steal the spotlight. Added bonus? He is Kyle Shanahan’s favorite.

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