Normally preseason matchups aren’t considered the most fundamentally sound or will ever make any greatest games in NFL history list, but they serve as a very important evaluation stage for the coaching staff.
Over the coming weeks the Washington Redskins, and every other franchise, will have to make the difficult decisions on cutting players loose to get their rosters down to only 53 men. As we saw last season, even the deepest roots embedded in the franchise can been nipped. It’s just the reality of the sport.
Having said that, NFL.com has believe it or not, released the top 10 preseason games to watch.
Now I wouldn’t be writing this article if the Redskins didn’t appear so here’s where they are:
Normally, the starters tend to play a majority of their preseason snaps during the third preseason game and this year they’ll play the Buffalo Bills once again. While not as juicy as their Super Bowl XXVI matchup 21 years ago, the game will have implications of its own.
While NFL.com will be keeping a keen eye on the Bills quarterback situation between Kevin Kolb and rookie EJ Manuel, the Redskins will conversely have rookies David Amerson, Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas going against them.
Although still a fluid situation at the moment, Rambo is the starting free safety on the team’s first unofficial depth chart of the year. If he or the other two is able to pick off either Bills quarterback (it could likely happen with the amount of interceptions the trio has collected over the years), they could really make a statement entering Week 1’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Thought I was done there with the preseason games to watch? Think again!
Well actually you should watch every Redskins game just because, but NFL.com also wants people to turn their TV dials to the last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where Robert Griffin III could take a few snaps.
If Robert Griffin III makes his preseason debut for a few plays — which could happen — you’ll be glad you got to see RG III do his thing at least once before the regular season begins.
In the meantime, don’t forget either the Titans game tomorrow night or the Steelers game at FedExField on Monday Night Football August 19th.
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