Redskins Cut Virginia’s Marc Verica
By ZAC BOYER | firstname.lastname@example.org
ASHBURN – Former Virginia quarterback Marc Verica was released by the Washington Redskins following Wednesday’s practice.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Verica signed with the Redskins early in training camp to spell quarterback John Beck, who was taking all the snaps as Kellen Clemens was unable to participate as a recently signed free agent and Rex Grossman had not yet officially agreed to return.
Verica completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards – second in school history – with 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during his senior year. He graduated in May with an economics degree and understood his future likely wasn’t in professional football but wanted to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.
“I don’t want to be a guy who kind of four, five years out of college is still trying to cling to that dream of trying to make it,” Verica said in a story that ran in Monday’s Free Lance-Star. “I’m definitely going to give this a shot, and if there comes a time where the writing is on the wall and it’s just not really happening, I have options. But for now, I’m going to do everything that I can to make the team.”
The move leaves the Redskins with four quarterbacks entering Friday’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh: Grossman, Beck, Clemens and Ben Chappell, who also signed as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana.