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August 4, 2013

The Other RG3: Grossman back as 'Skins backup

RICHMOND, Va.(AP) — RG3 wishes he had been the first to put a Roman numeral on the back of his uniform.

Not Robert Griffin III; Washington Redskins’ other RG3 — Rex Grossman III.

“It would have been cool to put it on my jersey as a rookie,” Grossman said. “I never thought about it.”

Of course, NFL rules didn’t permit suffixes on jerseys when Grossman entered the league in 2003. And, as he points out, he didn’t have anything close to the marketing cache of Griffin, who is essentially the reason the rule was changed.

But now that it’s permissible, he does have the option of breaking out a “Grossman III” moniker above his No. 8.

“I could now,” Grossman said. “But it seems a little bit ...”

Copycat?

“Yeah,” he answered. “I’ll stick with what I’ve been doing for 10 years.”

For the second straight year, Grossman is the veteran tutor for a young quarterbacks Griffin and Kirk Cousins. He’s a third-stringer who didn’t play last year and is unlikely to do so again this season.

He’s not even a lock to make the team because coach Mike Shanahan might decide to keep only two quarterbacks, although that would dicey if there is any serious concern about the status of Griffin’s surgically reconstructed right knee.

For a quarterback who once started a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears, it’s a role that’s a bit humbling.

“It’s not satisfying,” Grossman said. “It’s not where you want to be. Every situation’s different. My mindset my whole career has been to take advantage of every opportunity you get and go from there.”

Grossman was a free agent in the offseason, but there’s only so much demand for a 32-year-old quarterback with more career interceptions (60) than touchdown passes (56).

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