Football is back! The Washington Redskins preseason begins with a matchup against the Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland. Both teams are starting over this season and both teams had undesirable records when 2014 ended. The Redskins will only have Robert Griffin III in the game for one quarter and maybe more but head coach Jay Gruden is looking to set tempo, not perfection according to the Washington Post's Liz Clarke.
The Cleveland Browns brought in some veteran leadership at their quarterback spot with 14 year veteran Josh McCown. and it sounds like he'll be the starter for them in 2015. In article done by Redskins.com's Andrew Walker, ClevelandBrowns.com writer Kevin Jones gave some insight into who the Redskins will see under center on Thursday and other relevant information:
"Johnny Manziel has won over the respect of his teammates. He’s a gym rat, he’s grasping everything in the classroom and what he’s found is that if he fully dedicates his time to becoming an NFL quarterback – a much different thing than slinging the rock around in college – the success he saw at Texas A&M could play itself out on Sunday’s. Some of Manziel’s issues last year were actually not off-the-field, but more that he thought Hoyer would be the quarterback all season.
Suddenly, when he was thrust into the lineup as a rookie, he had relaxed on his preparation and fundamental things like memorizing the plays weren’t coming as natural. His lesson was learned. He’s had several days in training camp and at the team’s intrasquad scrimmage where he not only looked like an NFL quarterback, but a player who could lead a dangerous offense. But with McCown entrenched as the starter, the 22-year-old Manziel will have to remain patient, again. At least for this season."
One thing I'd say to watch out for this game is how the Redskins play defensively. not just the veterans but the second and third units as well.
Scot McCloughan's focus ever since he arrived in the nation's capitol has been centered around the defensive side of the ball and the first test to see if his plan has been working will be Thursday.
For more information on the Redskins-Browns game see below:
Game time: Thursday, August 13, 8 p.m. EST
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, OH)
TELEVISION: NBC-4/Comcast SportsNet
- Kenny Albert (play-by-play)
- Joe Theismann (color)
- Clinton Portis (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
- Larry Michael (play-by-play)
- Sonny Jurgensen (color)
- Chris Cooley (analysis)
- Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
The Redskins can also be heard on WWXX 94.3 FM and WWXT 92.7 FM.
Online streaming: Spectators can view the games online with Preseason Live and NFL Game Rewind
Gruden said MRI was clear on TE Niles Paul's shoulder; TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) is day-to-day.— #SkinsCamp (@Redskins) August 11, 2015
Trevardo Williams, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan, Jamison Crowder, Will Compton, Bashaud Breeland, David Amerson all OUT Thursday vs. CLE.— #SkinsCamp (@Redskins) August 11, 2015
Kerrigan (knee) is just a precaution, Gruden says.— #SkinsCamp (@Redskins) August 11, 2015
Odds: Redskins +2.5
Prediction: Redskins win 21-14
Matchup history: Browns lead 33-11-1
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