‘‘Balancing being conservative, making good decisions and taking chances, that’s something you need to continue to learn as a quarterback and growing up,’’ Ponder said. ‘‘I think that’s the biggest difference for me. ‘‘
No matter how they fare this weekend, it’s been a successful two years for young quarterbacks. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan expects it to continue because of the emphasis on passing in college.
‘‘They’re throwing the football a little bit more now than they have in the past,’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘I think that gives them a big advantage. I think they have the ability to come in and go through OTAs and really learn the system in the offseason. I know 20 years ago, you never had an opportunity like that. Going through a system again, you have a lot of hours in the classroom as a quarterback that you never had 10 years ago, a chance to learn the system. And a lot of these guys are coming out ready to go.’’
AP Sports Writers Tim Booth in Seattle, Howard Fendrich in Washington, and Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this story.
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