The NFL released the preseason schedule Thursday. Dates and times haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Washington Redskins:
Week 1 (Aug. 11-15) at Atlanta
Comment: Starters likely will play less than a quarter, but the Falcons represent a good test. They ran at will vs. Washington last season and added center Alex Mack. The Falcons should have an improved passing game with the addition of receiver Mohamed Sanu to pair with Julio Jones. Also, Kirk Cousins returns to the site of a tough ending for all -- his overtime pick was returned for a touchdown in last season's loss.
Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) vs. New York Jets
Comment: The Jets’ defensive line will look a lot different with the loss of Damon Harrison (and possibly Mo Wilkerson). But it’ll be interesting to see who’s playing quarterback for the Jets: Do they re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and also draft one later this month? Former Redskins defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins signed with the Jets this offseason.
Week 3 (Aug. 25-28) vs. Buffalo Bills
Comment: For a second consecutive week, the Redskins will face a 3-4 defense, albeit one with a different style. They’ll also get a chance to play a mobile quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, who took a big jump last season. The Bills were quiet this offseason, known more for who they lost (Mario Williams) than anything else. But in Rex Ryan’s second season, this will provide a good test for Washington.
Week 4 (Sept. 1-2) at Tampa Bay
Comment: Tampa Bay’s biggest offseason move was re-signing running back Doug Martin, who is coming off his second 1,400-yard season in four years. Along with quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans, he gives the Bucs a potent offense. After winning five of eight games in one stretch last season, the Bucs lost four in a row to end the year.