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By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 20, 2011 @ 11:16 p.m. ET

Redskins QB John Beck will replace Rex Grossman in the starting lineup, head coach Mike Shanahan told his team Wednesday, according to the AP.

Grossman was benched for Beck during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss against the Eagles. Grossman threw four interceptions against Philadelphia.

Beck was able to lead a touchdown drive during the quarter that he played. Sunday will be Beck's first start since 2007, when he was a rookie with the Dolphins.

The Redskins travel to Carolina to face the Panthers Sunday.

 

The way we see it

This was a necessary move for the Redskins to make. Grossman has 11 turnovers so far this season and a quarterback rating of 66.5, second-to-last in the league. It became clear that Shanahan could no longer hide Grossman's weaknesses.

Beck looked solid during his limited action against the Eagles, scrambling for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was expected that he would win the job coming out of training camp, but a so-so preseason let Grossman take the job. Beck needs to be more of a caretaker, protecting the football and letting the running game and defense lead the way.

 

PFW fantasy spin

Everyone assumed Beck would be the starter entering the season, but a groin injury opened the door for Grossman, and his familiarity with this offense from his days with the Texans and Kyle Shanahan won him the job.

Beck's fantasy value or ceiling was never high. The fact Grossman had beaten him out said much about his overall talent, but sometimes quarterbacks need playing time to develop and Beck will get that now. The Redskins will rely on their backs as they try to take pressure off Beck. Beck has an average arm but has the skills to be a leader, and that tells us he's a potential game manager, which lowers his value even more. Despite being a rookie in 2007, he's raw and it'll take some time for him to grow into the role. A low-end fantasy quarterback, his only value is in large dynasty leagues and, for the others, merely a watch-list player.

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