Keeping Tabs on Washington's Team

False Start on John Beck Before the Season Even Starts

By John Wist
|  Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 2:52 PM EDT
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Lorenzo Alexander says he has an “itch” to get back on the field. Fans have been eagerly awaiting emails about fantasy football leagues. And apparently, Redskins quarterback John Beck has had keys in hand, ready to jump in the car and head to practice at the first sign the lockout was over.

Unfortunately, the snap count was a little off.

On Monday afternoon, John Beck was at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA hoping to get a head start.  News4's Dan Hellie was on the scene as Beck pulled into the parking lot in his pick-up truck and tried to get into the practice grounds to speak with the coaching staff.

The problem was, no players were being let in until Tuesday, and Beck was turned away at the gates.  To add a little insult to injury, the security guard asked Beck to show some ID, because he didn't know who the possible starting quarterback was.

Hellie said it seemed like the security guard was new to his post.

Beck will likely compete with Rex Grossman for the starting job this season. Grossman is a free agent, but is expected to return to the Redskins this season.

Letter to the Fans

Besides the relief of knowing they won’t have to suffer through six months without any Sunday entertainment, Redskins fans are also receiving a bit of a thank you note from their team this morning.

General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan posted the letter to fans late last night.

Dear Redskins fans:
On behalf of the ownership, coaches, players, and staff, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your patience and support as the NFL and the NFLPA completed a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
The last several months have been frustrating at times, but now a 10-year agreement has been reached that is fair and guaranteed labor peace, rewarded the retired players and ensured football.
As you saw in April, we had one of the most aggressive drafts in many years. The 12 prospects we drafted were the most we have ever had in a seven-round draft. We hope that this draft demonstrated our commitment to building the Redskins into a winner for years to come.
The coaches and staff have worked diligently since the end of last season and are fully prepared for both free agency and training camp to ensure that we’re ready for the 2011 season.
We’ve said it before: Redskins fans are the best in sports. Thank you again for standing behind our team as the labor issues were being resolved. We will continue to do everything we can to strengthen one of the NFL’s proudest traditions and achieve the goals we all want to accomplish.

Hail to the Redskins!
Mike Shanahan, Head Coach
Bruce Allen, General Manager

You can also see it on the Redskins website here.
 

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