Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
No, that's not Beck.
Good ol' Rex Grossman was right back in form—and that's not a good thing. There are plenty of words I could use to describe his performance, but for the sake of my job I will just stick with "awful." Oh, and here is a positive: Rexy didn't have a singe interception or fumble!
How about that?
Ok. I'm all out of positives. He was actually almost intercepted on his first pass, throwing out of the end zone. That sounds familiar.
In his four drives, I only counted one good pass. Unfortunately that one good pass was dropped by Brandon Banks—who appeared to be Grossman's favorite target—after taking a shot in the back. Perhaps that was his thanks for Banks swatting away what would have been another possible interception on the same drive.
None of his other seven attempts were very receiver friendly, either. Rex went 2-of-10 passing and one was an excellent catch by Redskins newbie Josh Morgan. The pass was thrown behind him, but he managed to tip it with his extended arm and haul it in after a little bobble action.
All night, Grossman was high, long and wide. He even had a McNabb-like screen in the dirt to Roy Helu. He was 10 yards away, Rex.
Now I'm not going to go as far as to say that Kirk Cousins was outstanding, but his showing was much more solid than the 10-year vet.
Mike and Kyle Shanahan had Cousins come out firing on his first drive, throwing five passes in six plays. He was on target with the first four, but threw the last behind Morgan which resulted in his first interception. Niles Paul also dropped an easy pass and whiffed on another up the middle.
That's pretty much how the rest of the night went for the rookie—some good passes mixed with some bad. He finished 9-of-22 for 74 yards.
What stood out to me was his presence in the pocket. At Michigan State, he had a tendency to get jittery with pressure but he stood strong in this game. He also displayed good arm strength and a nice touch.
This game wasn't anything for Cousins to write home about, but it was definitely enough to put him in consideration for second string. I've read the Rex Grossman story too many times and there is no alternate ending. He is who he is.
This game showed nothing different.