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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Redskins set preseason schedule

By John Keim

This isn't met with quite the same excitement as the regular-season schedule, but the Redskins also announced their finalized preseason times and dates Wednesday night. I'll pause for you to pop the champagne.

OK, so here it is:

Aug. 7 vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.

What it means: It's a Thursday night, so leave early. Teams can't report to training camp more than 15 days prior to their first preseason game. So count back 15 and you'll likely have their reporting date (July 23). Nothing is official as of yet. It's Jay Gruden's first home game, but that pales compared to how Robert Griffin III looks.

Aug. 18 vs. Cleveland Browns, 8 p.m.

What it means: Well, not a whole lot other than Jon Gruden gets to call a game coached by his brother. It's a Monday night game so it's comparable to last season's preseason schedule, which means the Redskins likely will spend a couple extra days in Richmond before breaking camp.

Aug. 23 at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

What it means: It's a Saturday night so ... not as much traffic driving to the game as if it had been on a weeknight. But this will be a big game as the first big batch of cuts are made after this weekend. Yeah, dress rehearsal and all that. But teams still don't put a ton into the preseason games in terms of game planning, or at least in what they show. The starters just play a little more. But it also comes after a short week so I wonder how much the starters will actually play.

Aug. 28 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

What it means: It's the end of four meaningless games. It also means both teams get to see one another's backups considering how little starters will play, if at all. Final cuts follow two days later.