RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 7, 11 days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.
Here are five things to look for in tonight’s Redskins-Patriots preseason game:
—How does RG3 play? Don’t get there or tune in late or you might miss Griffin’s night. Jay Gruden said that the starters will take about 10 snaps. That means that they could get off a nice drive on their first possession and then call it a night. Griffin might throw about a half a dozen passes before sitting down. Of course, those passes will be put under the microscope for any signs of how he might fare this year.
—The pass rush—That’s the key to the defense and earlier this week they couldn’t really unleash it on Brady, who was wearing the red no-contact jersey. Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and company will not be under any restrictions tonight. Brady gets rid of the ball quickly so they will have to get off the ball and get to work in a hurry.
—Can Bacarri Rambo bounce back? Not only did Rambo go from the penthouse (starting the season opener on Monday night) to the outhouse (mainly inactive and an afterthought from after the first few games on) last year, he had a rough day against Tom Brady earlier this week. Rambo went in with the first team after Ryan Clark headed to the sideline and Brady immediately started throwing to whoever Rambo was covering. He just couldn’t stay with anybody. Rambo will get another shot tonight; with Clark ruled out, he is likely to start. We’ll see what he can do.
—Second-half running back—Silas Redd told me yesterday that he expects to play a lot in the second half. That will be his time to shine, even though he will be playing against players who are not likely to make the team. There may not be room for Redd on the Redskins’ 53 but perhaps if he performs well another team may become interested.
—Jay Gruden’s debut—This won’t be as memorable as September 7 in Houston will be but it will be another milestone for the first-time head coach. We’d like to see some clock management situations at the end of the first half or at the end of the game. Gruden’s goal? “My biggest thing is I want to make sure we keep order on the sideline, we look like we know what we’re doing, and it’s not a big chaotic situation on the sideline,” he said.
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—Today’s schedule: Preseason open, Patriots at Redskins, 7:30, FedEx Field
—It’s been 221 days since the Redskins played a game; in 31 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Monday night preseason vs. Browns 11; Final cuts 23; Home opener vs. Jaguars 38
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