Feels like football is back already.
The Washington Redskins have a full offseason ahead. Soon, new and old players will meet for organized team activities, and the NFL Draft will pass by. Rookies will report soon after, and for three months, the team will work to become its best form before the start of preseason.
Now, we know just how much time they’ll have. According to John Keim of ESPN, the Washington Redskins’ official preseason schedule has been released to the public.
On August 16, the Washington Redskins open up preseason in the Atlantic northeast, taking on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The next week, they travel home to battle with the New York Jets. In Week 3, the Washington Redskins remain home to defend their turf (if you can call it turf) against the Denver Broncos. And in Week 4, the Washington Redskins, rather appropriately, close out against Robert Griffin III’s new team, the Baltimore Ravens. The Washington Redskins Week 3 matchup against the New York Jets will be televised on ESPN.
Each matchup will generate intrigue, and perhaps more intrigue than any preseason game actually warrants, but it’s impossible to look at the Washington Redskins’ reunion with Robert Griffin III and not feel some type of instability, festering within.
The Washington Redskins were due to meet Robert Griffin III early in 2016, but he was injured before the game, and Cody Kessler would end up getting the start instead. Griffin III sat out the 2017 season, and now, he has a new home at which he could stage a comeback as a solid backup. His career won’t pick up without drama. The meeting of Griffin and his former team, whose relationship with him ended so histrionically, is notable no matter the circumstances.
Apart from Griffin’s collision course with his former team, there are other notable plot lines to follow throughout preseason. Alex Smith‘s first in-game snaps with his new team will occur then, and the same can be said for the Washington Redskins various free agency acquisitions and future draft picks. The team will also face off against former Redskins in Week 3 against the Jets, with Terrelle Pryor and Spencer Long suiting up in green.
Preseason will generate intrigue, as it always does. But for now, it’s far in the future, and the event on the mind is the NFL Draft. Be sure to stay with us at Riggo’s Rag for continuous updates on the draft, offseason, and all things Washington Redskins!