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Redskins try to sell John Beck as potential starting quarterback

Washington Redskins v  New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27: John Beck #3 of the Washington Redskins in action against the New York Jets during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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We’ve admired Mike Shanahan’s un-Redskins-like approach of stockpiling draft picks this weekend. Still, it’s been a surprise they haven’t used any of their eight selections in the first six rounds on a quarterback.

So with Donovan McNabb on the way out and Rex Grossman a free agent, who will be Washington’s starting quarterback? Can we interest you in a little John Beck, Redskins fans?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins are “big believers” in Beck, and that signs point towards him possibly starting for the team next year. The team reportedly never seriously considered a first-round QB, and never were going to trade up for one. They reportedly thought Beck gives them a better chance to win. (So what

Not liking this rookie crop is one thing. Pinning your hopes on Beck is another. The Redskins are trying to sell the idea that Beck had better stats as a senior at BYU than anyone in the draft. That ignores the fact that Beck played in a weak conference and he hasn’t taken a snap in a game since 2007, when he was a disaster.

Beck is turning 30 years old this year and he has one career touchdown. The Redskins say they love him, but they didn’t play him at all last year when Rex Grossman finished up the season.

No matter how much Shanahan believes in Beck, we have to believe for the sake of their fanbase that Washington’s starting quarterback isn’t yet on the roster.