How long will the Redskins' starters play vs. the Browns?

How long will the Redskins' starters play vs. the Browns?
August 15, 2014, 2:45 pm
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The Redskins’ first team offense went 10 plays last Thursday against the Patriots while the defensive starters played about seven plays.   

That’s a pretty light workload even for a preseason opener. How much will the Redskins’ starters play against the Browns in their preseason game on Monday night?

"I'm shooting for at least a quarter, see how it goes,” said head coach Jay Gruden.

There are about 30 plays per quarter so that would be about 15 for each side of the ball. Of course, it might not work out to be an average game, which is why Gruden leaves himself some wiggle room. If the Redskins control the ball in the first quarter and the defense only is on the field for a handful of plays the defense could play well into the second quarter. Conversely, if the Browns grind out a long drive or two, the offense could make up for lost time by playing snaps in the second.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has said that his starters will play the entire first half with quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel splitting the reps roughly equally. That will give the Washington backups a chance to go up against some quality players. It will be particularly interesting to see how the second-team offensive line performs against a tough Cleveland front that features Paul Kruger (4.5 sacks last year), Barkevious Mingo (5.5) and Jabaal Sheard (5.5)

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