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Washington Redskins host New England Patriots in preseason opener


redskins-helmetThe Washington Redskins will open their 2014 preseason slate at home on Thursday, Aug. 7, as the Redskins host the New England Patriots at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The contest on Thursday won’t be the first time these teams will see one another, as the two franchises are scheduled to conduct joint practices with one another at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Cen- ter in Richmond, Va. on Aug. 4-6.

The teams will conduct joint sessions over three days in advance of the game. The game will be the NFL preseason head coaching debut of Jay Gruden, who assumed head coaching duties on Jan. 9.

Throughout train- ing camp, Gruden has emphasized the importance of the team’s four pre- season games in evaluating players for the 53-man roster.

“It’s [the] early stages of our evaluating process, but we do have a good feel for the guys, but only time will tell,” Gruden said. “You have to let the games be the main evaluator, not just coming out here in shorts at walk- throughs and practice. So the games are going to be a major part of how we evaluate the bottom half of the roster and the backups and the depth of our team.”



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