Beck Set To Battle Former Team

For the second straight week, a team with several former Ravens comes to M&T Bank Stadium.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 11:31 am | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Mike Duffy, Preseason 3 vs Redskins

When quarterback John Beck runs onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night, it will be the first time he’s done so through the visitors tunnel.

But as the Ravens’ third quarterback for the entire 2009 campaign, Beck is no stranger to the venue.

Beck was traded to Washington last year for cornerback Doug Dutch when the Ravens were comfortable with veteran Marc Bulger as their top backup.

“I think last year’s circumstances, with an opportunity to get Marc Bulger and go with two quarterbacks, was a unique opportunity,” said Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron.

“It was nothing that he didn’t do here, I guess, that facilitated that. We had positive feelings about it, and obviously they did as well.”

When Cameron was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007, Beck – then a rookie – was his starter for four contests.

Coming off a preseason performance where he completed 14 of 17 passes for 140 yards and led four scoring drives, Cameron is proud of his protégé.

“He is one of the harder workers I have been around,” said Cameron. “I am hearing good things about what he is doing. I think everybody around here has a lot of respect for him, because when he was here, he worked hard. Nothing John [Beck] can do in a positive way would surprise me. That is the kind of person he is and the kind of worker he is. We all wish him well.”

Perhaps just not against his old team.

Beck, who is battling Rex Grossman for the Redskins’ starting signal caller job, heads to Baltimore with a contingent of former Ravens.

Washington cornerback Josh Wilson, guard Chris Chester, wideout Donte’ Stallworth, linebacker Edgar Jones, kicker Graham Gano and long snapper Nick Sundberg have all spent time in purple and black.

This comes on the heels of the Ravens’ 31-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, who boast former Ravens such as nose tackle Kelly Gregg, offensive tackle Jared Gaither, fullback Le’Ron McClain, wide receiver Terrance Copper and quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn in their locker room.

Wilson, who received a big contract reportedly worth $13.5 million over three years, said he’s looking forward to seeing familiar faces on the opposite sideline.

“It’s always a little something extra and a little more fun when you’re preparing to go against your friends,” Wilson said. “It should be fun going up there and seeing all those guys. Last week I heard they booed Le’Ron McClain, so I expect a lot more cheers this week than what you normally would get on an away game.”

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