Redskins At Tampa: Pre-Season Finale
Where: Raymond James Stadium
When: August 29 @ 730 PM ET
Line: Washington -2 (Over/Under 37)
TV: WRC-TV 4 (NBC)
Radio: Sports Talk 980 (ESPN)
The Redskins are 3-0 for the first time in five seasons and are looking to complete their first unbeaten preseason since 1985. Tampa picked up their first win of 2013 last week, edging the Miami Dolphins 17-16.
Quarterback play will highlight Thursday night’s game with Washington’s Pat White and Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon expected to play the entire game for their respective teams. Does White have a chance to beat out Rex Grossman for the third spot on the roster, or are the Redskins simply not risking injury with their top two signal callers still banged up a bit? Glennon is a local kid having starred at Westfield High School in Fairfax County. Glennon went on to North Carolina State, where he backed up Russell Wilson for his first two seasons. Tampa selected Glennon in the third round this Spring, as starter Josh Freeman is in the final year of his contract and the Bucs remain uncommitted at this point. As for the rest of the Redskins offense… roster battles will play out on Thursday night at running back, wide receiver and along the offensive line. General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan will not only be selecting who makes the roster, but how many at each position. Final number of players at many positions on offense are undecided at this time.
The Redskins figure to have an improved secondary this season, if for no other reason than the additional pass rush generated by the return of linebacker Brian Orakpo. Orakpo’s return also takes pressure (and constant double teaming) off Ryan Kerrigan. Thursday night also marks the return of Brandon Meriweather,the safety coming back from ACL surgery. Uncertainty reigns at the rest of the safety position as Bacarri Rambo is improving, but fellow rookie Phillip Thomas has already been lost for the season to injury. Tanard Jackson may be reinstated on Saturday and it’s anybody’s guess what the team has planned for him. Starting cornerbacks Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall return, joined by top draft pick David Amerson and free agent addition E.J. Biggers. While the team lost corner Richard Crawford to injury, Chase Minnifield appears to be recovering nicely from his injury concerns. As for the front seven… The Skins will be mixing and matching in the front seven until Jarvis Jenkins, Adam Carriker and Rob Jackson return from injury and/or suspension.
The game could be the last for some members of both teams as NFL clubs have to reduce their rosters from the current 75 to the regular season 53 man limit by 6pm (EST) on Saturday. Teams will then spend the Holiday weekend reviewing cuts from other teams and their own to create an eight man practice squad.
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