How The Redskins Preseason Has Shaped Up

With three games under their belt, the Washington Redskins prepare for the final preseason game of the year.

This Thursday at FedEx Field the 2-1 Redskins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Skins defeated their first two opponents, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, before falling to the Baltimore Ravens in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter last Thursday, 34-31. Washington led for most of the game, improved their end zone scoring with a 52 yard INT from cornerback DeAngelo Hall and a 37 yard TD from standout Tim Hightower. The two quarterbacks, Grossman and Beck, both threw for touchdowns.


Still, Coach Shanahan hasn't decided who will get the starting QB position.

"The main thing is, can guys play? We have two football players that can play. [John Beck and Rex Grossman] have gone out and played well in some crucial situations when they’ve had a lot of pressure against three pretty good football teams. That’s what you want to see. You want to see if the players, when given the opportunity, can go out and prove to their teammates that they can play and play at a very high level. I think they’ve done that, which is very positive. Everyone wants to isolate who’s the guy, but we have two football players that can play and our football team knows it”, said Shanahan.
The Skins will be without rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins for the rest of the year after he suffered a torn ACL against Baltimore, but are expecting to see action from previously injured receiver Brandon Banks (knee) and running back Ryan Torain (broken hand).

Malcolm Kelly remains unable to play. He has a foot injury that Shanahan said "doesn't look good", leaving the question of whether Kelly will have a spot on the team as unanswered as who the Skin's starting QB will be.

The Skins' opponent, Tampa Bay also 2-1, celebrated a 17-13 preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night.

As of last Sunday, the Redskins defense ranked second to only Tampa Bay in the NFC in yards per game (262.7). The unit has received strong play from first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan, who has 10 tackles and two sacks in his first NFL preseason.

Dolphins coach said of his team's win, "We have to put some things together on offense as far as what we need to do and how we need to get started faster.”

They'll get their chance under the bright lights of FedEx Field where the seemingly much improved Redskins will also get chance to shine, and hopefully win, one last time in front of the hometown fans as a pleasingly pleasant preseason comes to a close, and the start of a much anticipated regular season looms.

Game time 7:30 pm.