Three Things to Watch as the Redskins Take on the Falcons

The Washington Redskins travel down to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the big dress rehearsal third preseason game tonight. In this game the starters should see their biggest amount of playing time, usually playing the entire first half. Along with actual game planning and scheming, this game should give some ideas into how the Redskins plan to attack in the 2019 season.

Linebacker Depth

The only unit that is a concern health wise is the inside linebacker corps. Assumed starter Shaun Dion Hamilton has a chest injury and likely won’t play tonight, dime linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons suffered a head injury and is in concussion protocol, and Cole Holcomb has an AC joint injury. That leaves Jon Bostic as the only top linebacker healthy. That leaves Marquis Flowers, Marcus Smith II, Darrell Williams, and Gary Johnson as healthy players. This situation will need to be monitored.

Wide Receiver Issues

Josh Doctson catch vs New York Giants 10/28/18

The other main other uncertain position on the roster is receiver. Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn are nursing injuries and won’t play tonight. It has been reported that Josh Doctson has been shopped by the team with no takers. If that report is true then it should light a fire under Doctson but players are “shopped” a lot of the time, although Doctson has looked solid during camp. Then the younger guys led by Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, Cam Sims, Robert Davis, Darvin Kidsy, and Brian Quick. Plays will need to be made to separate themselves from the pack.

QB Decision

Dewayne Haskins coming off the field.

With the Colt McCoy injury, the battle for the week 1 starter is pretty settled on Case Keenum. Dewayne Haskins has been progressing well but he still needs some more time to learn. Behind a makeshift line, the Redskins will need a veteran to control and manage the game. The game plan no matter the quarterback will be to run the football and dominate time of possession. If that is the goal while the young receivers and Haskins learn, then the defense and running game can lead the team. And honestly that is the best way to attack this season.