Washington Redskins Training Camp Profile: Rex Grossman

By Nick Mamary
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Once upon a time, Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman had a bright future with the Chicago Bears. He was their 22nd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. The former Florida star helped lead Chicago to Super Bowl XLI where they ultimately came up short against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Grossman’s talents mostly come from a big arm. There was a career- high set of 23 touchdowns in that Super Bowl season. Unfortunately, there is one major flaw that has followed him.

Making correct decisions with the football has long presented an issue. During the two seasons that Grossman started at least 13 games, he finished both with 20 interceptions. As a result, he was relegated to backup duty on two other teams. Sitting behind Matt Schaub saw him throw all of nine passes in 2009 on the Houston Texans. Last season, Grossman did not play at all and for good reason.

Robert Griffin III emerged as the exciting playmaker he was expected to be out of Baylor. From this player, there is tremendous speed when it comes to breaking free on designed run plays, or evading pressure from pass rushers. 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions during last year’s regular season showed that Griffin brings more to the table than just being mobile. Health could prevent him from completely fulfilling his awesome potential. A partially torn LCL in last year’s Wildcard Playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks further these fears. His running style also led to an injury that opened the door for Kirk Cousins.

Cousins performed admirably against the Cleveland Browns and in the Playoffs. He is seen as a great leader while showing solid accuracy. Despite lacking ideal arm strength, this fourth-round pick from Michigan State has shown capability to step in when needed.

Pat White is another quarterback on the preseason roster and was selected in the second round of 2009’s Draft. White was a dynamic player at West Virginia, but failed to carry this over to the NFL. Recent reports stated that he is open to playing other positions if necessary.

Although Grossman likely beats him out, I don’t see him being anything more than No. 3 on the depth chart.

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