The Washington Redskins take on the Cleveland Browns tonight in the first of four preseason games. This has been a different type of offseason for Washington leading up to camp and an even quieter camp as far as the Redskins are typically used to. Training camp thus far has been all about football, no headlines or controversies, just football. After a productive joint practice last week with the Houston Texans, Washington is looking forward to tonight’s contest.
The idea in preseason for most teams is to get their starters on both sides of the ball to get a small sample of work leading up to the third preseason contest, that’s when starters play a half or sometimes into the third quarter. Many will be tuning in to see how the signal callers do for both teams as they have made headlines in the past.
For Washington and it’s fans, it’s a chance to see some of the additions through draft and free agency for the first time in a game setting. Here’s five things to watch as it pertains to Washington:
1. The offensive line
- The right side of the line, specifically the youngsters at right guard and tackle in rookie Brandon Scherff and second year tackle Morgan Moses
- How the line has gelled under the tutelage of new offensive line coach Bill Callahan. How they fare in pass protection against a Cleveland defense that is good at getting after the passer
- The communication between the line on blitzes, to see if there’s any clear missed assignments
2. Robert Griffin III
- To see how he’s developed in his first training camp with an actual Quarterback coach
- His confidence and comfort level in the pocket, a great indication of how the line is doing if the QB isn’t skittish
- Decision making will be key as well, he took strides last year at learning to take what a defense gives him. See if he has built on that
- Sounds simple, but how does he protect himself if put in a situation in which he needs to scramble and/or slide
- Anticipation, trusting his eyes. How quick is the ball coming out, is he confused by coverage at all
3. The battle for the third wide out
- Jamison Crowder has made noise at camp per several reports, a chance to see how he performs in a game setting
- Andre Roberts has struggled as of late, can he play his way back into the picture. He has two youngsters to compete with for that third receiver role
- Evan Spencer, Ryan Grant. Someone has to take a step forward in this competition, will get a chance to see who can make an impact
4. The defense
- How many snaps will Gallete play
- With Breeland absent, who will make an impact defending the slot. Can Amerson make an impact?
- How that defensive line looks with Knighton-Paea-Hatcher, how much push can they generate
- The battle for the job opposite Ryan Kerrigan, keep an eye on Trent Murphy, Preston Smith
- On sub packages, will a third safety see the field? Definitely worth looking at
5. Special Teams
- Kai Forbath has been struggling of late with his accuracy
- Coverage teams on both punts and kicks
- Will anyone make an impact or stand out in the return game
That’s all we have, hope you enjoy the game!! Tweet us with your thoughts during the game (@mymindonsposrts)!! The depth chart released by the team earlier this week is below, check it out!