Red­skins pre­sea­son: Ravens, Pack­ers, Ben­gals, Buc­ca­neers

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

With enough pomp and cir­cum­stance to ob­scure the fact that the games don’t re­ally count, the NFL re­vealed its pre­sea­son sched­ule Mon­day af­ter­noon, in­clud­ing the Red­skins’ four matchups.

Wash­ing­ton will open the pre­sea­son in Baltimore some­time between Au­gust 10-14.

The Red­skins will then host the Pack­ers some­time in the Au­gust 17-21 win­dow, then wel­come the Ben­gals on Sun­day, Aug. 27th at 4:30 p.m. That game will be broad­cast na­tion­ally on Fox.

The Red­skins fi­nal game of the pre­sea­son will come at Tampa Bay between Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Wash­ing­ton will be re­united for a day with de­fen­sive line­man Chris Baker, who left in free agency and signed with the Buc­ca­neers.

The ques­tion re­main­ing is whether or not the Red­skins will be able to find a part­ner for joint prac­tices dur­ing the pre­sea­son. The team’s deal with Rich­mond makes this com­pli­cated, as the Red­skins would need to hold the ses­sions in the first or sec­ond week and would need to find a team will­ing to come to them.

That prob­a­bly means that the Ravens would need to agree to come to Rich­mond, even though the game will be played in Baltimore, since the Pack­ers don’t like to leave Wis­con­sin. The Red­skins would like to make joint prac­tice ses­sions hap­pen, as Jay Gru­den said last month at the NFL’s an­nual meetings.

“Who­ever we play Week 1 and Week 2, and with the con­tract we have with Rich­mond I don’t know if we can leave for a good amount of time to go some­where and prac­tice so we have to have some­one come here,” Gru­den said. “So hope­fully we get that done. If not it won’t be the end of the world, but I would like to.”

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