The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play their fourth and final preseason game against each other on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium.
We don't place much value in preseason records, but Washington (3-0) will look to post its first undefeated preseason mark since 1985 while Tampa Bay (1-2) needs a win to salvage a .500 mark before the 2013 NFL regular season begins.
With most—if not all—of the regular starters being held out of preseason finales across the league, it will likely be necessary to pull out a current team roster to keep up with those Redskins and Buccaneers players who are being evaluated by their respective coaches in this one.
Although the game has been blacked out in the local Tampa Bay television market, this is the last chance to see these two NFC rivals before wins and losses really matter.
We provide you with the game information and more below.
When: Thursday, Aug. 29,, 7:30 p.m ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Watch: FOX (check local listings)
Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Betting Line: Washington (-2.5), Over/Under (37.5), according to Vegas Insider
Out: QB Robert Griffin III (knee), QB Kirk Cousins (foot), CB Richard Crawford (knee), LB Keenan Robinson (pectoral), DE Adam Carriker (quad), DE Jarvis Jenkins (suspension), LB Rob Jackson (suspension)
Questionable: RB Evan Royster (ankle), DT Barry Cofield (hand)
Probable: DB Brandon Meriweather (knee),
Out: K Connor Barth (Achilles), DB Danny Gorrer (groin)
Questionable: RB Peyton Hillis (knee), OG Carl Nicks (toe), RB Doug Martin (head)
Probable: K Lawrence Tynes (toe, probable for start of season)
Redskins' No. 3 QB Battle
We all know about Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, but since both of those sophomore quarterbacks have dealt with injuries during training camp, it looks like Washington will carry three QBs on its 53-man roster.
It's incumbent Rex Grossman vs. former college phenom Pat White for the No. 3 job.
Judging by this post from the team's Twitter account, the Redskins are going to give White every opportunity to win the job outright:
Collectively, Grossman and White helped lead the Redskins to a 30-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the team's third preseason game. Neither turned the ball over, as Grossman threw a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon and White had a rushing touchdown in the win.
Since Washington is familiar with Grossman, it appears the Redskins want to see White in one more live game situation before making a final call. Even if White is eventually cut, he could be auditioning for a roster spot elsewhere.
RG3 told ESPN980 radio in Washington on Tuesday that he is 100 percent, but with two ACL surgeries lingering on his medical report and Cousins dealing with a foot issue, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan isn't in a position where he can afford to leave his quarterback depth up to chance.
According to NFL.com's Albert Breer, the Redskins have done a nice job of building some considerable team depth:
One thing that's impressed me is the depth the Redskins seem to have built up. End-to-end, gonna be a strong 53-man roster there.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 24, 2013
If you are of the school of thought which condemns NFL teams keeping three QBs on the roster, hopefully, Breer's tweet helps calm you down when watching White take snaps for a job.
Since it's highly unlikely we see a high dosage of any player primed to make a significant impact on either team Thursday night, we're essentially talking about White commanding Washington's reserves into battle against a Mike Glennon-led Tampa Bay attack.
White has really taken to Shanahan's offense this preseason while Glennon has also had a strong stretch of games (three TDs, two INTs) for Greg Schiano in his first taste of NFL action.
Preseason finales tend to bring out the best in those fighting for a roster spot. Cream rises to the top, as they say, so it won't be surprising to see the Redskins and Buccaneers produce a few highlight-reel plays on both sides of the ball.
The Redskins have looked to be ahead of the NFL curve throughout their undefeated preseason and that trend will continue with White having a standout evening under center.
Washington 27, Tampa Bay 19
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