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Rex Grossman atop first Redskins depth chart

Washington Redskins Grossman is hit by New York Giants Umenyiora during second half of their NFL football game in Landover AP

Mike Shanahan doesn’t have to insinuate anything: For now, Rex Grossman is atop the Redskins depth chart at quarterback.

Perhaps it’s just a recognition that John Beck isn’t fully healthy at the moment. Perhaps it’s just a nod to the fact Grossman ended last year as the starter.

While the first preseason game depth chart isn’t that big a deal, the designation is a sign that Beck’s status as Week One starter may not be 100% decided just yet.   Even if we still see him as the heavy favorite.

Some other noteworthy nuggets from the depth chart.

1. Jabar Gaffney is listed as the starting wideout opposite Santana Moss. Anthony Armstrong and rookie Leonard Hankerson are second teamers.  We’re not sure how No. 2-4 will shake out, but this looks like the top four receivers for Washington. Donte Stallworth is on the third team.

2. Tim Hightower is the starting running back.  Washington will have done well picking up a starting wideout and running back via trade in camp.  Ryan Torain is listed last because he’s hurt again already.  Rookie Roy Helu is listed No. 2 and is someone to watch closely in fantasy leagues.

3. Redskins veterans Mike Sellers, Malcolm Kelly, and H.B. Blades are all buried on the depth chart.  They may not make the team.  Kelly is almost certain to get cut; he’s hurt again.

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58 Responses to “Rex Grossman atop first Redskins depth chart”
  1. goawayeverybody says: Aug 9, 2011 9:29 AM

    So much for Shanahan staking his career on John Beck. LOL!

  2. orakpownd says: Aug 9, 2011 9:30 AM

    Malcolm Kelly greatly dissapoints me.

  3. benh999 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:33 AM

    I smell another Lombardi trophy for the Redskins!

  4. davemeisner says: Aug 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    When Tim Hightower is the only glimmer of hope on a depth chart, it’s a sad.. sad.. sad.. thing. BUT, on the positive side, the Redskins should be hilarious to watch this season!

  5. thetechnocrat says: Aug 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    Of course, the article fails to mention that Beck has a bad hammy and hasn’t practiced in days. Nothing story, wait until after the 1st or 2nd preseason game at least to create more Redskins QB stories please.

  6. bleedblue18 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    SEXY REXY!

  7. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    No need to report anything on the redskins. Rex top of depth chart is not a story, it’s a mockery of the QB position….. Keep dreaming.

  8. illiniftw says: Aug 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    They better get ready for Kyle Shanahan to start jumping on tables if his boy Beck isn’t #1!

  9. trollhammer20 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    benh999 says:Aug 9, 2011 9:33 AM

    I smell another Lombardi trophy for the Redskins!
    ______________________________

    You really should try playing Madden on some level other than “Rookie”.

  10. cornellsteelers says: Aug 9, 2011 9:39 AM

    Grossman, Gaffe-ney, Hightower? Is this a joke?

  11. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 9, 2011 9:39 AM

    @benh999

    Whatever you’re smelling…. Can I smell too, must be some good stuff. It’s got you delirious lol.

  12. baddegg says: Aug 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    It’s sad about Kelly…he has great promise but just can’t stay healthy. I like him, but they have to jettison him this year.

    I keep hearing these training camp reports that, even when they both were healthy, Grossman looks better than Beck. The thing about Grossman is, he knows the offense and is not terrible running it. His problem is basically that he turns it over too much. Is there no way they can “coach him up” to eliminate the turnovers? Or is that just a lost cause.

    Frustrating. I see the team improved on many fronts, but we may not see any movement in the record until next year or even the following, when the QB situation gets sorted out. This year we’ll have to content ourselves with seeing if any of the new pieces on Defense, RB or WR show us signs of hope for the future.

  13. chadmurdigan says: Aug 9, 2011 9:41 AM

    Prediction: Father and son Shanahan will both be looking for jobs after the disaster of a season the Skins are about to experience.

  14. wryly1 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:42 AM

    Kyle, you are such an offensive genius.

  15. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2011 9:43 AM

    ….And now we know why Shanahan went out of his way the other day to make sure everyone knew he had never actually said Beck was going to start.

    He should spend some time teaching his son the fine art of covering your butt to the media.

    Instead, Kyle looks like like a dumbass for telling Peter King that he wanted to draft Beck #10 in the first round when he was in Houston days before posting a depth chart that has Beck sitting behind Rex freakin Grossman.

  16. doe22us says: Aug 9, 2011 9:44 AM

    How many legit starting QB’s are already hurt strike out Peyton Manning because we know he will be playing all 16, the Redskins are a joke and to even have thought of starting J. Beck smdh. As i said before this will be a long season for Skins, Seahawks, and Vikings in no particular order.
    And those inclined to throw out David Garrad’s name please we all know by the 4th game he will be benched.

  17. skulman7 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:44 AM

    Eagles Backups are a legit better team then the redskins this year

  18. glynners says: Aug 9, 2011 9:50 AM

    Shanny must really want Andrew Luck… or he’s just seeing how bad he can be before the Skins fire him

  19. drexelvol says: Aug 9, 2011 9:51 AM

    Hahahahahaha.

  20. tkraw33 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:52 AM

    I have been a Bengals fan my entire life, and I am 34 years old. I think this is the first time I’ve actually felt sorry for fans of another team.

  21. supafinger says: Aug 9, 2011 9:52 AM

    I can’t wait til John Beck and company pick apart that Eagles secondary for 4 TDs.

    Oh who am I kidding…. we are gonna be awful again this year.

  22. aintitridiculous says: Aug 9, 2011 9:53 AM

    It’s gonna be a long season for us Redskins fans.

  23. gugurich says: Aug 9, 2011 9:54 AM

    So Kyle is going to say he had Rex going 9th in his 2003 mock draft while at UCLA.

  24. 6250claimer says: Aug 9, 2011 9:54 AM

    Hightower, #1 in ANY backfield? Wow, just wow. I’ve watched every game he’s played in since entering the league. On 1st down he’s good for anywhere from 1 yard to -5 yards. Every 82nd run, he breaks one for 20+. He falls down when touched, and fumbles at the worst possible times. In short, it’s amazing he’s still in the league, much less #1 on anybody’s depth chart. Good luck, Shanarat family. It’s going to be a LONG year. Again.

  25. dansnydersux says: Aug 9, 2011 9:57 AM

    thetechnocrat says:
    Aug 9, 2011 9:35 AM
    Of course, the article fails to mention that Beck has a bad hammy and hasn’t practiced in days.

    ———————————————-

    I thought it was a strained groin?

  26. southcakpanther says: Aug 9, 2011 9:59 AM

    I thought baby Shanny said he was “pounding the table” for Beck at #10 in the draft back in 2007? He said Beck was the best college QB he has ever seen, so that means Rex must really be awesome.

  27. breakyourballz says: Aug 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    If you look at Shanny’s REAL Depth Chart it looks as follows:

    1: Andrew Luck
    2. Rex Grossman
    3. John Beck

  28. ud1hens says: Aug 9, 2011 10:04 AM

    Just when you think the Redskins can’t surprise you anymore..BOOM! Another shocker.

  29. boover3 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    Boy, it doesn’t get much worse than that. Sorry Redskin fans, you deserve more than that. You have an Al Davis type of depth chart at QB.

  30. anactualnflowner says: Aug 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    Has everyone seen that picture of Rex Grossman? Looks like he has been training with Jared Lorenzen at Dunkin’ Donuts.

  31. rubicon202 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:08 AM

    What a potent team! Speedy reciever, fantastic backfield and QB’s that astonish you…SIKE!

  32. jahbird says: Aug 9, 2011 10:14 AM

    @dansnydersux, it is his groin and the article does mention he’s injured. @technocrat’s reading comprehension is on the slide.

    “Perhaps it’s just a recognition that John Beck isn’t fully healthy at the moment. “

  33. bigbeefyd says: Aug 9, 2011 10:20 AM

    Is Kyle standing on the table for Beck again?

  34. beede81 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:24 AM

    H B Blades is Cut …..

  35. weneedlinemen42 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    At the end of last season, the ‘Skins offense looked better under Grossman than it had under McNabb. That isn’t much of a compliment, McNabb was awful, but Grossman was competent.

    He struggled when he was litterally thrown to the Lions in the last few minutes in Detroit, and during the first quarter of the Dallas game, but picked up from there. After getting minimal practice reps during the pre-season, training camp and the first half of the regular season, Grossman ran the offense that put us in contention for most of the games. That’s inspite of a struggling defense, a weak o-line and very poor receiving corps.

    Is Grossman a good QB, no. Is he an occasional liability, yes. He seems to over-estimate his arm and the fumbled snaps never seem to go away, but he does have some talent. On his day, he can look pretty damn good. During the first half of the Bear’s Super Bowl season, Grossman looked to be destined for the Pro Bowl. It fell apart from there, but he has the capacity to play well in short bursts.

    In short, if the Redskins start Grossman it isn’t a guarantee of an all-time terrible season. He is maddeningly inconsistant and mistake prone but not terrible. The defense, which was terrible last year, should be much improved. The offensive personnel around Grossman have also been improved. There is every reason to believe that the Redskins will be better than they were last year. It is also arguable that, division rivals, the Cowboys and Giants have both regressed.

    The Redskins may not have a winning season. They may end up with a top-10 draft pick, but there is no reason to believe they will be epically awful or that the team will be anything but better than last year.

    Moreover, if Beck wins the starting job it’s hardly a sign of imminent doom either. He would have had to play better, than the guy who outplayed McNabb (who will start for the Vikings). The Redskins certainly don’t have a good QB on their roster, but if Beck can beat out Grossman it would at least indicate that he is capable of competiting at the NFL level.

  36. souldogdave says: Aug 9, 2011 10:29 AM

    Shanarat is a modern wormtongue to Snyder.He hasn’t been a winner since Elway.His high-handed Machiavellian attitude and actions will send the Skins further into the pit.Maybe that is the plan, he’s the only coach that would willingly tank a season.Andrew Luck might choose baseball….

  37. boyshole25 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:41 AM

    theres a reason why malcolm kelly has been on the team for this long, i feel like hes tanking on purpose to get released. he will be scooped up reallll fast by another team. the way he smirks in interviews shows he has something up his sleeve to get outta washington. he is 6 4 has amazing hands, can jump and has pretty solid speed. guaranteed when he signs with another team hell be at least a number 2. as a redskin fan it disgusts me, but i cant blame the guy hes got a career to worry about

  38. weneedlinemen42 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    One thing to note, all the rookies are at or near the bottom of the depth chart. I suspect that this is simply a factor of not having played any games yet. Veterans get precedence because the rookis have yet to do anything.

    I suspect Hightower is top of the dept chart for three reasons.

    1) Torrain (the starter at the end of last year) is injured and doesn’t appear anywhere, and is unavailable for the first pre-season game.

    2) Keiland Williams, the other “veteran” holdover from last year, has been moved to full-back.

    3) Helu and Royster haven’t played a down, and he has seen them in training camp for little more than a week.

    So Hightower’s position in the chart is hardly a marker of how they intend to use him. I’ve seen reports suggesting Kyle Shanahan wants him primarily as a 3rd-down back, for his blocking and receiving.

    This depth chart is unlikely to have much significance beyond the first pre-season game.

  39. bcjim says: Aug 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    Sports talk radio in DC is going to be EPIC this season.

  40. zetabeta5 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:56 AM

    HOORAY….The dynamic duo of Daddy and Little Kyle have now decided that Rex Grossman will lead to Skins to a Division Championship and the the Super Bowl…Snyder, have you lost your mind? Rex Grossman? Name one other team in the NFL where he would not be the clip board guy….What’s been the real” game” here? Put cheap, terrible players at positions which command high salaries! Think about it, fans…..Isn’t it obvious to you? Wear bags over your heads at games until the dynamic duo is fired and make Snyder realize we are on to his new “game”…..

  41. Ye Delightful Pig says: Aug 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    Grossman is better than Tebow.

  42. cocoachip says: Aug 9, 2011 11:14 AM

    Grossman and Beck? Where is the punchline?

  43. eazyduzit413 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:25 AM

    If Malcolm Kelly won’t fit into the Redskins plans they should trade him rather than cut him. I’m certain that he still has some market value with him being young and physically gifted. I just saw Chad Jackson get signed by a team yet again after several failed attempts to live up to his draft status and potential. I say trade him to Carolina or St. Louis where they’re starving for receivers and get at least a 5th round draft pick for him.

  44. Nevis says: Aug 9, 2011 11:25 AM

    Man, my team has given me my fair share of grief in recent years, but I can always be thankful I’m not a Redskins fan.

  45. drthunder728 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:35 AM

    You must be crazy if you think Mike Sellers is going anywhere. That guy is a probowl caliber FB.

  46. pencepost says: Aug 9, 2011 11:38 AM

    Nine teams go into this season with a quarterback who has started the Super Bowl – Patriots, Colts, Steelers, Packers, Saints, Giants, Vikings, Titans, and Redskins.

    About half the teams will be starting the year with a QB who has never won a playoff game.

    The ‘Skins could do worse than Grossman.

    I always felt Grossman’s problems were mostly mental and related to confidence rather than his abilities. With good coaching and low expectations, he could be solid until the Redskins have a chance to get a star QB.

  47. h8dansnyder says: Aug 9, 2011 11:40 AM

    Let the Andrew Luck vigil begin.

  48. dirtygunz8 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:44 AM

    The picture that accompanies this blog is EXTREMELY bias. We all know NBC is a New York base company and Skins play the Giants week one. But seriously, you mean to tell me you don’t have a file photo of Rex Grossman standing upright, running out of the stadium tunnel, or even sipping a cup of Gatorade? If the story was about sacks taken by the QB, fine it’s appropriate. Last time I checked, all teams are 0-0

  49. mikehawkandu says: Aug 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    You really should try playing Madden on some level other than “Rookie”.

    __________________________

    same rehash game every year that does very little to improve anything still looks like crap, just like this team. wasted money buying madden 11 wont do it for 12.

  50. cantonbound13 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:53 PM

    It’s going to be a long season Redskin fans

  51. redskinsrt says: Aug 9, 2011 1:25 PM

    Royster now 3rd on RB chart

  52. butche106 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:33 PM

    Anyone remember Jason Campbell”. Shanny got rid of Campbell even before he had a chance to play for him. Now he’s in Oakland. Was Jason too beat-up behind the Redskins O-Line to continue to play or was Jason like McNabb too slow to grasp the Shanny’s offense. Say what you will about the Shanny’s they are consistent in being who they really are.

    Now the have journey man QB (Grossman) and a project (Beck) to run “Kyle the Genius” offense. I keep thinking that even though Jason Campbell was drafted by Joe Gibbs and had 4 different offensive coordinators in DC, just was good enough for the “Shanny’s”. Can anyone say 7 and 9 at best for the Skins this year? As a fan since 1969, I’m hoping for a miracle, 9 and 7. I know I’m dreaming again this year.

  53. butche106 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:35 PM

    Anyone remember Jason Campbell”. Shanny got rid of Campbell even before he had a chance to play for him. Now he’s in Oakland. Was Jason too beat-up behind the Redskins O-Line to continue to play or was Jason like McNabb too slow to grasp the Shanny’s offense. Say what you will about the Shanny’s they are consistent in being who they really are.

    Now the have journey man QB (Grossman) and a project (Beck) to run “Kyle the Genius” offense. I keep thinking that even though Jason Campbell was drafted by Joe Gibbs and had 4 different offensive coordinators in DC, just wasn’t good enough for the “Shanny’s”. Can anyone say 7 and 9 at best for the Skins this year? As a fan since 1969, I’m hoping for a miracle, 9 and 7. I know I’m dreaming again this year.

  54. raijinnokumo says: Aug 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    Washington Redskins, the NFC’s Bengals.

  55. magicman407 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:51 PM

    Let me throw this out there since again I am intrigued by once again PFT’s QB article for the Skins, but the bashing is just insane. I guess that is why they continue to throw in punch lines for the clowns.
    what is wrong with this?
    How is this not better than Roydell Williams, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Joey Galloway??

    Santana Moss- 93 rec for 1115 yds and 6 tds
    Anthony Armstrong- 44 rec for 871 yds and 3 tds
    Jabar Gaffney- 65 rec for 875 yds and 2 tds
    Leonard Hankerson- impressive records from the U (rookie)
    Niles Paul- will be kick off returner (rookie)
    Aldrick Robinson- punt returner (rookie)

    Not sure how this would be an issue even with Rex or Beck at QB. I also see Montgomery at C Chester at LG and Lockler moving to RG. Will be interesting, but atleast the Skins will be competitive. HAIL!

  56. jimmgamm says: Aug 9, 2011 3:01 PM

    but what is really funny is Beck has just as many Super Bowl rings as Romo and Vick

  57. skinsdiehard says: Aug 9, 2011 4:07 PM

    raijinnokumo says:
    Aug 9, 2011 1:48 PM
    Washington Redskins, the NFC’s Bengals.
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    Why don’t you mention your team? Ashamed? You mean the division winning Bengals from 2009? Sure.

  58. goawayeverybody says: Aug 11, 2011 8:51 AM

    Why is this article listed under the New Orleans Saints?

    Makes absolutely no sense.

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