The Washington Redskins named Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback to begin the regular season, ending an off-season competition for the coveted position on Monday.

Grossman and contender John Beck had competed through training camp and pre-season games with coach Mike Shanahan remaining tight-lipped about which player had the edge.

Both QBs had strong pre-season moments but the Redskins will turn to the more experienced Grossman to open their campaign against the New York Giants on Sunday.

It was a very close battle. I have a lot of faith in both of them and it has been very competitive all the way through, but I wanted to announce it and the starting quarterback will be Rex, Shanahan told the team's website (redskins.com).

All-in-all, I thought he did a great job. I thought John did well too, but I thought Rex won it by an edge.

The ninth-year Grossman, who helped lead the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006, ended last season as the Redskins' starting quarterback.

Beck has played sparingly in the NFL and has not reached the field since 2007. He will begin the season as the backup.