Monday, May 16, 2011

John Beck, the Next Washington Redskins Quarterback?

When the NFL lockout finally lifts, the Washington Redskins will almost certainly have a new face of the franchise. But that face is far from recognizable. In fact, many people won't even know him by name. John Beck is poised to takeover the Skins starting quarterback gig, with Donovan McNabb (very, very) likely on the outs in D.C.

During a radio interview Monday, Beck told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM's NFL Radio that he believes he can be a starter in the NFL.

Beck, who is entering his fifth NFL season, has appeared in just five games during his career. In 2007, he started four games for a Miami Dolphins team that went 1-15. Beck hasn't thrown an NFL pass since, but he says he's ready to prove he can be Washington's next signal caller.

“So, for me, just give me an opportunity in the games. When I get an opportunity to be in this offense for a year, now that I have an opportunity to study the offense, I just want the opportunity to play,” Beck said.

Beck turns 30 in August and says he's willing to organize off season workouts during the lockout, even though he was third on the Skins quarterback depth chart last year (behind McNabb and Rex Grossman).

“I basically say, 'Screw the awkwardness,'” he said. "I’m trying to be the starting quarterback. I’ll call whoever, try to set whatever up. If you don’t think you’re a starter and act like a starter, your teammates aren’t going to think you’re a starter.”

Beck and McNabb are both currently under contract with the Redskins, Grossman is a free agent.

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