Chase Daniel, an undrafted rookie quarterback, made his preseason debut for the Redskins tonight and was pretty impressive.
While third-string QB Colt Brennan has enjoyed surprising celebrity status in Washington despite never being active for an NFL game, he also has a very unorthodox throwing motion and can be a little too cocky for his own good at times, some coaches believe.
Daniel has his own limitations — his size (6-feet, 225 pounds) in particular — but he shined against the Steelers’ backups. Daniel went 6 of 8 for 58 yards and threw two spot-on touchdown passes, one a lob to the back of the end zone and the other a throw with good zip that led TE Fred Davis into the end zone. Daniel flashed his athleticism on a nifty scramble for 22 yards on a third-and-11 play. He also held the ball too long on a sack, but he showed some moxie.
Brennan has provided a lift against lesser opponents in past preseason games, but after starter Jason Campbell and No. 2 Todd Collins struggled mightily tonight, the Redskins will take productive quarterback play wherever they can get it. Brennan entered the game for the final few series in the fourth quarter, after Daniel played all of the third quarter and some of the fourth.
I’m not sure the Redskins could stash either Brennan or Daniel on the practice squad without another team taking a look-see, even though both youngsters are very raw. But over the next few games, it will be interesting to see how much playing time these two get and what they do with it. Given the woeful state of the Redskins’ first-team offense, I’d expect Campbell and the starters to play at least a half against the Patriots next week.