The Redskins’ starters played into the second quarter in the team’s second preseason game of the year on Monday night. They will go longer on Saturday in Baltimore.
According to Jay Gruden, the plan is for the first team to play at least a half against the Ravens, a game that the Redskins will play with a short turnaround after the Monday night affair.
The third preseason game is generally considered to be the “dress rehearsal” before the start of the regular season and that concept extends to getting ready for them game.
“[We’ll] get them used to how we’re gong to prepare them for the regular season starting Wednesday,” Gruden told Larry Michael after the Cleveland game. “We’ll have Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the play Saturday and play at least a half, and maybe come out in the third quarter, we’ll see how we are.”
Part of “how we are” could depend on how many snaps each unit plays. If one side of the ball or the other doesn’t see the field very much in the first half, Gruden is retaining to option to bring one or both back after intermission.