|(Will John Beck be leading the Redskins huddle in 2011?)|
Almost 3 weeks ago had you asked the casual Redskin fans who was John Beck, it would be questionable if they would be able to tell you. Beck had been mostly the #3 QB on the roster and helped run the scout team during practice. Beck, originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft by the Miami Dolphins, was traded to the Skins from the Ravens for CB Doug Dutch during the 2010 training camp. Not much had been said about him since then. The only time he was mentioned was as an afterthought when the Skins announced at the end of the season that Donovan McNabb would be made the #3 quarterback because coach Shanahan wanted to see how Beck handled the backup role on the roster.
That was until almost 3 weeks ago......
In a story by The Post, Beck comments (while attending a player run mini-camp) that he wants to be the guy (ie. the starting QB) for the Skins in 2011. People generally pass it off as personal motivation more than actual reality while visions of Jake Lockers, Blaine Gabberts and Christian Ponders dance in their heads. Then comes the draft and the Skins decide not to draft a QB in their 12 player draft class. Mike Shanahan then comes out and gives Beck a great deal of praise including that he had Beck as the highest rated QB coming out of the 2007 draft (looking back he might be right with names like Russell, Quinn, Edwards, Kolb and Stanton in the same class).
The idea has been planted. Let's see if it becomes a reality. Looking back at my comments on Beck in 2010, who knows.......it's possible.
John Pappas mentioned that I should keep an eye on John Beck during the practice and from what I saw, I can see why the Skins made the trade for him. First, it seems like Beck has a strong arm. Maybe not Jason Campbell caliber, but he can throw hard accurate passes in close spaces. Beck has a quick release and is mobile (both important in a Mike/Kyle Shanahan system). He made some mistakes but I'll be curious to see how he looks by week four of the pre-season.
-From Training Camp Report 8/7/10
If Beck can play at the NFL level like he did at BYU, we could have something special. More on John Beck coming up soon.