Redskins vs Falcons : 5 Things To Watch: Redskins vs. Falcons, Preseason Week 3, The Falcons will play the fourth of five preseason games on Thursday against the Washington Redskins inside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta’s starters got a long look during the first half of the third preseason game against the New York Jets, and it remains unclear how many of them will play in the upcoming contest.
The Washington Redskins meet the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of the preseason Thursday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Here are five things to watch ahead of the game.
1. Final Dress Rehearsal
With Week 3 of the preseason often serving as the final live snaps for projected starters prior to the regular season, head coach Jay Gruden will be closely monitoring the reps for first-teamers on both sides of the ball.
Under center, the reps will be split between veteran Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, with a few snaps from Jalan McClendon likely mixed in. Colt McCoy will miss his third straight preseason game as he continues rehabbing the leg injury he suffered last season.
“Ideally, it’d be after this game,” Gruden said on when he’d like to choose a starting quarterback. “There’s still some work to be done. You might have your general thoughts on who it might be, but if something happens in preseason game three where you might have to flop them, you never know.”
Keenum started the first two preseason games and showed strong command of the offense, even though his numbers (3-for-7 passing) against the Cincinnati Bengals appeared lackluster. Several penalties put Keenum in difficult down-and-distance situations, while another yellow flag negated a long touchdown to wideout Steven Sims Jr.
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Haskins, meanwhile, worked primarily with the second and third units during these contests. After a two-interception effort in the preseason opener, Haskins produced a turnover-free, 114-yard performance against the Bengals that included his first NFL touchdown.
2. Wide Receiver Roulette
One of the Redskins’ most-intriguing position battles will take center stage Thursday, though two projected starters will likely spend the night on the sidelines.
Trey Quinn, who has been dealing with a thumb injury from the preseason opener, returned to practice Monday but will not play against the Falcons, Gruden told reporters Tuesday. Gruden added Richardson will probably not go after missing some time with a quad issue.