Week 3 of the preseason finds the Buffalo Bills still trying to figure out their quarterback situation while the Washington Redskins are merely patiently awaiting the return of Robert Griffin III for week one.
Saturday afternoon sees these two teams meet at 4:30pm EST to see what the starters will look like this coming season.
Here are three things to watch for during the three quarters of action the starting lineups will probably see for both sides of the ball.
1) With EJ Manuel hurt, Kevin Kolb is one of the veteran quarterbacks getting one last chance to prove this weekend that they should be the starter. Kolb hasn’t been very good this preseason (when he wasn’t injured by bathroom mats) and has this last chance to save not only his shot at the starting job, bu perhaps his roster spot. Head coach Doug Marrone might be hesitant to go with Manuel and fellow rookie Jeff Tuel (who did well in one preseason game before not seeing almost any time against Minnesota last week), but if Kolb continues to struggle he might find himself on the street when Manuel is back to health.
2) Is Leonard Hankerson finally turning the corner? He’s scored a touchdown in each of the last two games and seems to be finding his role. Washington needs a receiver – or really any playmaker – opposite Pierre Garcon for either Griffin or Kirk Cousins to use. Last year Hankerson never really found a role which seemed to produce much. That might be changing.
3)Both of these teams are having issues with penalties. The Bills lead the league with 23 flags over two games, too many of them unsportsmanlike conduct and similar penalties. Washington had three unnecessary roughness against Pittsburgh and another the previous week against Tennessee., as well as a roughing the passer penalty. Both teams need to find a way to play more disciplined football.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and an NFL writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.