Redskins.com’s Andrew Walker takes a closer look at Thursday’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots at FedExField:
Two hundred twenty-one days. That’s how long it had been since the Washington Redskins last took the field – that is, until tonight’s preseason opener.
Of course, the final score means little to either team. After all, the Redskins went undefeated in the preseason last season, and then struggled to a 3-13 record in the games that actually count.
Jay Gruden – in his first-ever game as head coach of the Redskins tonight – said earlier in the week that he wanted to see which players would make the most of their opportunities throughout the game.
In tonight’s contest, pretty much every player on the Redskins’ 90-man roster was given plenty of those opportunities. They know that the first round of roster cuts – which occur after the third preseason game – are coming up quick.
That being said, with everything on the line for so many players, the Redskins certainly played with pride in front of their home crowd tonight.
There’s been plenty of talk coming from the Redskins’ training camp about rookie wide receiver
PLAY OF THE GAME
PLAYER OF THE GAME
There’s plenty of competition among the Redskins’ wide receivers. Aldrick Robinson showed Thursday night that he certainly belongs in the conversation for a spot on the 53-man roster. Robinson hauled in three catches for 45 yards and the aforementioned touchdown, but his most impressive play came in the second quarter, when he hauled in a Cousins pass for 23 yards along the sideline.
The Redskins officially have a competition on their hands at kicker.
The Redskins have one more home game on the schedule before twice going on the road to close out their preseason slate of games.
Washington plays host to the Cleveland Browns Aug. 18 in a game being televised nationally on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” By that time, much of the national attention for the game will likely be centered on Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and whether or not he’s ready to start. But here in D.C. and at training camp in Richmond, the Redskins will continue to be focused on continuing to evolve and improve as a team.
But, seriously, the Browns are a much-improved team overall, and feature some very talented pieces in Ben Tate, Nate Burleson and Miles Austin.
With ESPN in town, it’ll certainly be a preseason game with a little extra hype attached to it. It should be a fun one.
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