OPEN THREAD: What to watch against Browns?

OPEN THREAD: What to watch against Browns?
August 18, 2014, 7:00 am
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The highlights will focus on two things: DeSean Jackson's debut in a Redskins uniform, and whatever Johnny Manziel does for the Cleveland Browns. It's hard not to be excited to watch Johnny Football, but what should Redskins fans be paying the most attention to?

  • RB Battle - Alfred Morris and Roy Helu are locked in as the starter and backup, respectively, but past them there will be a lot of questions. Right now it looks like Evan Royster is last in a group of four players (Royster, Chris Thompson, Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk) fighting for two spots. Redd and Seastrunk looked best with the ball in the first preseason game, but how each player performs in pass protection might be most important for coach Jay Gruden's quick-hitting offense. 
  • O-line Depth - We pretty much know who the starters will be, but we don't know how the backups will shake out. Where do rookies Morgan Moses and Spencer Long end up? What about guys like Josh LeRibeus and Tom Compton?
  • RG3, always - Griffin didn't do much in the first game against New England. He should play a lot more in this game, and it's always important for the No. 1 QB to have a good showing.
  • Secondary - Cleveland had a high-powered offense last season, and regardless if Manziel or Brian Hoyer is behind center, many will want to see how the Skins secondary performs. The third CB job is up for grabs, and second-year man Philip Thomas can stake his claim for playing time at safety with a good, and healthy, game.
  • Kicker - Kai Forbath has been an accurate field goal kicker for parts of two seasons with Washington. But he doesn't have a power leg, and the Redskins special teams have suffered as a result. Rookie Zach Hocher was brought in for his booming leg, and the kicking competition will be in full swing Monday night.

What will you be watching for? Something we missed? All eyes on Johnny Football? Let us know in the comments.