Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., FedEx Field.
TV: NBC 4, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington Plus.
Radio: 630, 980 AM; 105.9 FM.
Line: Redskins by 3.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden seems to be closing in on picking a starting quarterback. And with veteran Colt McCoy being held out for the second straight week, the pressure is on Case Keenum and rookie first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins to impress in Thursday’s exhibition against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover.
Keenum started last week’s preseason opener at Cleveland, completing 4 of 9 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown before giving way to Haskins. The former Ohio State star, the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, made some nice throws, but he also threw a pair of interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Most of Washington’s projected starters didn’t play against the Browns, but Gruden suggested at practice this week that a few more familiar names could see the field on Thursday night.
Pass rusher Montez Sweat, the Redskins’ second first-round pick, is expected to make his preseason debut against the Bengals, while second-year running back Derrius Guice will not play. The left side of the Redskins’ offensive line, which remains without holdout Trent Williams, was shaky against Cleveland and will be an area to monitor once again.
The Bengals are coming off a 6-10 season, which led to the firing of Coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons. Former Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor replaced Lewis; Taylor lost his preseason coaching debut, as Cincinnati allowed 400 yards in a 38-17 loss to Kansas City.
The Redskins are still refusing to budge in Trent Williams standoff
As the Pro Bowl left tackle’s preseason holdout continues, rumors and media speculation continue to circulate about whether Washington will trade its star left tackle, who is said to no longer wish to remain with the team. While one high-ranking NFL team decision-maker estimated the Redskins might be able to fetch a second-round draft pick for Williams, the team continues to wait it out, hoping he will return. (Read more)
Adrian Peterson addresses Trent Williams’s absence, endorses Colt McCoy
Peterson doesn’t know if or when his good friend Williams will return and said McCoy has the edge in the quarterback competition “because he has the knowledge and the ability as well.” (Read more)
Healthy again, Robert Davis is forcing his way back into receiver discussion
Davis was competing for a spot on the roster last preseason when he suffered a devastating knee injury in practice. “I definitely had doubts that I would be able to play again and, if I did, would I be the same player,” Davis said. Davis is back and in the running to make the team after a strong preseason debut. (Read more)