At first glance, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman might not appear to have had a great game filling in for Donovan McNabb against the Jets Friday night: The six drives he led resulted in three punts two field goals and one fumbled shotgun snap resulting in a safety.
But the Redskins seem to be largely satisfied with how Grossman looked while running the first-string offense.
“I think Rex did a good job,” coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. “Throw a quarterback in there against that type of defense, number one in the league in so many different areas. He made some throws in there.”
Grossman went 8-of-16 for 111 yards, but Shanahan said Grossman threw a couple of nice deep passes that don’t show up in the stats. One was a drop by Santana Moss, and another came on a play that was called back because of offsetting pass interference penalties.
Moss liked what he saw of Grossman as well.
“He did great,” Moss said. “I feel like Rex throws a very catchable ball. He knows this offense. He played last year with the Texans and I watched him on film with them. He came in and did great.”
Grossman said that, to the extent he could assess his own performance from half a preseason game, he thinks he did what he needed to do.
“I made some plays and there’s always a couple of plays you wish you could have back,” Grossman said. “I thought it was fine. When you don’t play a complete game, it’s kind of hard to grade your performance. When I was out there, I wasn’t overly thrilled but I was happy with it.”