Redskins preseason: Ravens, Packers, Bengals, Buccaneers
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.”