Positional Analysis: Quarterbacks

Ramsey can make any throw, delivering each with authority. And he's seen a lot in his first two seasons, especially blitzes. Ramsey makes good decisions, which is why he's thrown more touchdowns than interceptions. But what about the Redskins' other QB's?

Strengths: Depth. At least the Redskins have two quality players to choose from for the starting job. Or at least that's the hope. And they offer different strengths. Mark Brunell is mobile. Even though he doesn't run as much as in the past, Brunell can still scramble when needed. He can also avoid the rush quite easily. As Brunell has relied less on his legs, his instincts for the passing game have improved. He knows when to unload the ball, compensating for a loss of arm strength. Brunell also is strong with audibles and quickly recognizes defenses. Like Patrick Ramsey, Brunell is ultra-competitive, which should make for an interesting season together. Ramsey is bigger and stronger and has a better arm. He's shown that he can take a tremendous pounding and still bounce back, often saving his best for the fourth quarter. Ramsey can make any throw, delivering each with authority. And he's seen a lot in his first two seasons, especially blitzes. Ramsey makes good decisions, which is why he's thrown more touchdowns than interceptions. Tim Hasselbeck is a solid No. 3 quarterback.

Weakness: It depends on who wins the starting job. Brunell is coming off an elbow injury and has been hit more in recent years, leading many to wonder how much he has left. Is his arm still strong enough? Can he be more of a pocket passer? Though he hasn't run as much in recent years, he's not a classic dropback passer. Will that make a difference? Ramsey brings along questions, too. Will he improve with calling audibles? And in recognizing where the blitz is coming from, then adjust properly? Can he learn a second offense in three years and run it smoothly?

Keep your eye on: Ramsey. He didn't like when the Redskins traded for Brunell and, through his agent, let his frustration be known. He's relented somewhat because he's been told the competition is open. But few expect him to win the starting job, giving Brunell an edge because of experience. Ramsey is very competitive, so how will he react to being a backup, after thinking this was his team? How he handles this situation will say a lot about him. Ramsey is a class guy, but he's very, very competitive and wants to start. Guys like that don't like sitting on the bench. Just a hunch, but we think Ramsey will be The Guy by season's end.

What about: Gibran Hamdan? At best he's headed for the practice squad. No one enjoyed their practice squad experience more last season, maybe ever, than Hamdan. He's a good guy and seemed to bask in his surroundings every day. You like to see players like him succeed. But at this point it's hard to imagine him unseating Hasselbeck. Hamdan could use another season on the practice squad followed by more NFL Europe time before he seriously competes for a roster spot.


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