Quick Hit: Has John Beck Destroyed The Redskins Passing Game?

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post (click here for the article):

“For the game, Beck went 30 for 47 for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception. None of his passes traveled longer than 16 yards. And a 17-yard gain came when Helu caught a batted ball and scampered up the field before he was run out of bounds.”

Beck has now started three games (and appeared in four), throwing for 858 yards, 2 TD and 4 INT.  He’s averaging 6.5 yards per attempt.  There are 27 quarterbacks with a better mark then that, including Rex Grossman (6.9), Matt Moore (6.9) and Donovan McNabb (6.6).

The Professor’s Take:
Obviously, this isn’t good news for the Redskins passing game.  With Santana Moss on the sidelines Jabar Gaffney is the team’s top receiver, yet over the past three games he has totaled just 12 receptions for 148 yards and 1 TD.  Over that span he has been targeted 18 times, with only one game of more than 5.  Considering the way Beck is running the offense there’s no reason to think that anything is going to change.

It’s much better news for Fred Davis, Roy Helu and company, who will be consistent check down options.  It was on full display for Helu last week, who had 14 receptions for 105 yards.  While you wouldn’t expect him to catch quite that many balls on a weekly basis, he should continue to thrive and be a consistent option.

As for Davis, over the past three weeks he has 18 receptions for 216 yards and 1 TD.  As the top tight end on the team, he should continue to be targeted on a regular basis.  In the past three games he’s been targeted 24 times, with 7 or more each game.

This week the Redskins take on the Miami Dolphins, a team that has struggled against the pass having allowed 265.2 passing yards per game as well as 14 TD and just 2 INT.  However, does anyone believe that Beck will take downfield shots?  It’s hard to imagine, capping the value of Gaffney and the rest of the wide receiving corps.  Consider him a WR3, at best, and that’s only because of the matchup.  In most weeks he is going to be unusable as Beck targets Davis and Helu significantly more (both of which are good options for the coming week).

Make sure to check out all the rest of our Week 10 articles:

Quick Hit: Could Kevin Smith Emerge As A Fantasy Sleeper?
Quick Hit: Deciphering The Raiders Receiving Corps & Their Week 9 Performances

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