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NFL Lines – John Beck Starting for Washington Redskins

Posted by Brett Nielson on 7/19/2011 9:30:08 AM

Rookie quarterback John Beck will be looking to make an immediate impact this 2011 NFL lines season by stealing the starting job from Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

2010-2011 Season
Washington Redskins vs. NFL:  6-10
Washington Redskins vs. NFC East: 2-4

NorthBet Numbers: Washington Redskins were 8-6-2 ATS this season.

John Beck will have carte blanche and finally get his time to shine this NFL lines season.

John Beck was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Sadly though, the Dolphins never utilized his skills, which caused him to be sent to Baltimore two years later. They quickly named him as their third-string quarterback after having a very poor rookie season (completing just 56 percent of his passes for 559 yards and 1 touchdown, but throwing 3 interceptions and fumbling the ball five times).

He then spent the 2009 NFL lines season with the Ravens on the bench before being traded to the Washington Redskins on August 2nd, 2010. Still, at first glance, Beck would not seem to be the solution to Washington’s quarterback problems.

At this point in their franchise, the Redskins were in dire need of an experienced quarterback to satisfy star wide receiver Santana Moss (who had threatened to leave if the organization did not prove that their were committed to winning immediately). So, Washington signed 34-year-old free agent Donovan McNabb and left Beck on the bench yet again.

However, it became very obvious that McNabb was not syncing well with the team, and this lack of chemistry showed on the field. By the end of the season, the 13-year-pro had completed only 58.3 percent of his passes, thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, and finished with a passer rating of just 77.1. For these reasons alone, Washington declared that they were going to use a different quarterback this upcoming NFL lines season.

Then, once the NFL Draft in April had passed and the Redskins did not select a quarterback, head coach Mike Shanahan publicly announced that the Redskins would be going with John Beck as their starter this coming season.

There were many reasons that the Redskins organization decided to go with Beck this year. For one, he does harbor great potential and talent, which was demonstrated by the large number of awards he won in college with Brigham Young University. He was a two-time Academic All-Mountain West (2003, 2005), BYU Cougars MVP (2005), two-time First-Team All-Mountain West (2005, 2006), Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the year (2006), and Davey O’Brien and Jonny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalists in 2006.

Beck does not only have seemingly hidden potential, he has recently shown that he holds the character and determination of a leader. During the lockout, he has been calling teammates and organizing private workouts. In a recent interview concerning the reason for training, Beck said, "I basically say, 'Screw the awkwardness.' 'I'm trying to be the starting quarterback... "I'll call whoever, try to set whatever up. If you don't think like a starter and act like a starter, your teammates probably aren't going t believe you're the starter. So I'm thinking I'm the starter.”

Beck is ambitious, confident, and seems to possess the personality traits required of an elite quarterback. Despite having had a disappointing start to his NFL lines career, look for Beck – with his large amount of potential and hunger to succeed – to be one of this years revelations.

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