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Sunday, July 27, 2008
Bad day for Beck in Dolphins QB derby


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins training camp is in its early stages. Two days. Three practices. There's a long way to go.

Even so, John Beck better hope he doesn't have many more days like today, or the Dolphins' quarterback competition will be awarded by default.

The sophomore from Brigham Young, fighting with Josh McCown for the starting job and trying to hold off rookie Chad Henne as the club's quarterback of the future, was miserable in 11-on-11 drills.

Beck threw three interceptions, two on consecutive plays that had the fans in attendance groaning. The ball fluttered out of his hand. He looked jumpy in the pocket. He only seemed comfortable lobbing to short safety-valve routes.

"The ball didn't look smooth through the entire practice," said former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, a frequent visitor to the Dolphins facility because he has family in the area. "It had what I call 'wings' on it."

Dolphins QB coach David Lee has been working with Beck to correct a sidearm delivery he adopted after a shoulder injury at BYU.

Coaches weren't available to the media after the workout, but Theismann has never been shy about offering his two centavos.

"The most important practice for John Beck is tomorrow," Theismann said.

"You look at the reason why it happened, and you correct it. You're going to make mistakes in this business. It's what you do with the mistakes. Do you get better from the mistakes? Can you evaluate the mistakes?"