Rex Grossman was there the last time the Redskins brought in a highly anticipated quarterback. So, for Grossman at least, its the same sort of deal again for 2012.
This year isnt that much different from maybe 2010, Grossman told The Washington Times. Donovan McNabb was here, and I had to be ready to play and I had to play. So for whatever reason, Ill be ready to go. And when I do get an opportunity, then its on me to play well.
Not that its exactly the same situation, even if you take away the differences between the arrival of who was then still a respected veteran QB and who is expected to be a culture-changing rookie. Not to mention last season, when Grossman was the starter, then he wasnt the starter, then he was the starter. For another thing, Grossman is sharing second-team reps with the other rookie quarterback drafted by the Redskins, Kirk Cousins.
Rex has been tremendous. Im not just saying that, and its not just lip service, Cousins said. Ill be the first one to tell you I have a lot to learn, so to have a guy like that in our meeting room is a big help and something I need to take full advantage of.
Grossman, speaking of his role with not just Cousins but also starter Robert Griffin III, said: When its not your turn to get a rep, youre there helping out, telling them some certain things about routes or how you read them, going through some things. Everythings so new right now that I dont want to overload them, but every once in a while Ill say something.