PRESEASON WEEK 3 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-1) VS. DENVER BRONCOS (0-2)
Friday, Aug. 24 | 7:30 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins will continue their 2018 preseason schedule on Friday, Aug. 24, when the team hosts the Denver Broncos at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The game will be the first meeting in preseason play between Washington and Denver since 2004 when the Redskins defeated the Broncos, 20-17, in Canton, Ohio, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The Redskins are coming off their first win of the preseason last Thursday in a 15-13 win against the New York Jets at FedExField.
Kicker Dustin Hopkins spotlighted the Redskins after he connected on all five of his field-goal attempts, including the game winner as time expired in the fourth quarter.
Alex Smith made his Redskins debut and led the team on a scoring drive in his only offensive series of the game. He completed 4-of-6 pass attempts for 48 yards.
"I just think how versatile we are. I don't think there is anything we can't do or won't do," said Smith. "We've got coaches that are creative, great teachers putting us in great situations. I think we've got a bunch of guys that are really talented and that can handle the volume."
SERIES HISTORY: Redskins-Broncos all-time regular season series, 7-7
Redskins lead all-time preseason series, 5-1
Last meeting: Dec. 24, 2017 (27-11 WAS)
TELEVISION: NBC4/NBC Sports Washington
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RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
Larry Michael (play-by-play)
Chris Cooley (analysis)
Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
The Denver Broncos entered the 2018 preseason following a 5-11 regular season record in 2017.
Head Coach Vance Joseph returns for his second season as the head coach folowing a transitional year for the Broncos in which the team featured a trio of new coordinators, three different starting quarterbacks and 66 different players that suited up.
After splitting 2017 with quarterbacks Trevor Siemean and Brock Osweiler, the Broncos have signed sixyear veteran Case Keenum to compete for the starting quarterback position.
Keenum spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings, completing 325-of-481 passes (67.6 percent) for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Paxton Lynch is the only returning quarterback on the Broncos roster and the 2016 first-round pick is looking to rise to his draft status. Lynch has played in five games over his two year NFL career, completing 79-of-128 passes (61.7 percent) for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.
After the departure of leading rusher CJ Anderson, Devontae Booker leads the returning running back corps for the Broncos. Booker recorded 850 all-purpose yards last season, while also serving as a kick returner. Royce Freeman (2018 third-round pick) will share the backfield with Booker after an electric career at the University of Oregon.
Veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders return to lead a talented wide receiver group. Thomas hasn't missed a game since 2011 and recorded 949 receiving yards on 83 catches and scored four touchdowns in 2017. Last season, Sanders added 555 yards and two touchdowns on 47 receptions.
Jeff Heuerman returns to lead the tight ends after recording nine receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns last season. Linebackers Von Miller and Brandon Marshall lead a potent defense for the Broncos. Miller recorded 10 sacks and 51 tackles in 2017, while Marshall led the team in total tackles with 75. Safety Darian Stewart led the Broncos' defensive backs with 63 tackles last season and collected a team-high in interceptions (3).
Chris Harris Jr. remains as one of the top veterans in Denver's defense after the cornerback recorded two interceptions and 32 tackles in 2017. Miller, Marshall, Stewart and Harris played in all 16 games for the Broncos in 2017. Brandon McManus continues to carry the kicking duties for the Broncos after leading the team in scoring with 99 points in 2017. Last year, McManus connected 24-of-32 field goal attempts.
Check out these photos of the Redskins' preparing for their Preseason Week 3 game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.
The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos have met six times in the preseason.
The Redskins hold the all-time preseason series advantage with a 5-1 record. The last time the teams faced off in the preseason, Washington defeated Denver, 20-17, in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 9, 2004.
Included below are the six preseason games contested between the Redskins and Broncos:
- Date Game Result
- 8/14/1971 at Denver 17-13 W
- 8/11/1972 vs. Denver 41-0 W
- 8/10/1973 vs. Denver 14-10 W
- 8/11/1979 at Denver 13-6 L
- 8/4/1984 at Denver 16-13 W
- 8/9/2004 vs. Denver (Canton, Ohio) 20-17 W
The Redskins and Broncos are 7-7 all-time in combined regular and postseason meetings. Washington trails the all-time regular season series with Denver, 6-7 record. Washington won the teams' lone postseason meeting, a 42-10 victory in Super Bowl XXII.
Quarterback Doug Williams, now the team's Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns, helping engineer a 35-point second quarter and earning MVP honors. Since 2001, both teams have alternated wins with Washington having defeated Denver at home in 2017, 27-11. Included below are the 14 regular season games contested between the two squads:
- Date Game Result
- 11/1/1970 at Denver 19-3 W
- 9/30/1974 vs. Denver 30-3 W
- 10/13/1980 at Denver 20-17 L
- 12/13/1986 at Denver 31-30 L
- 1/31/1988** vs. Denver 42-10 W
- 11/20/1989 vs. Denver 14-10 L
- 10/12/1992 vs. Denver 34-3 W
- 9/17/1995 at Denver 38-31 L
- 9/27/1998 vs. Denver 38-16 L
- 11/18/2001 at Denver 17-10 W
- 10/9/2005 at Denver 21-19 L
- 11/15/2009 vs. Denver 27-17 W
- 10/27/2013 at Denver 45-21 L
- 12/24/2017 vs. Denver 27-11 W
NOTABLE REDSKINS/BRONCOS CONNECTIONS
Former Broncos on Redskins:
Assistant Offensive Line Coach Phil Rauscher (2015-17)
RB Kapri Bibbs (2014-16)
TE Vernon Davis (2015)
OL Cameron Jefferson (2015-16)
DL Phil Taylor Sr. (2016)
Former Redskins on Broncos:
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith (FB Player, 1994-95)
S Su'a Cravens (2016-17)
Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave (2005)
Redskins from Colorado:
Broncos from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods (North Vandergrift, Va.)
LB Shaquil Barrett (Baltimore, Md.)
WR DaeSean Hamilton (Stafford, Va.)
DE Zach Kerr (Gaithersburg, Md.)
T Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md.)
Redskins who went to college in Colorado:
RB Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State) WR Shay Fields (Colorado State)
WR Paul Richardson Jr. (Colorado)
Broncos who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
Assistant Special Teams Coach Chris Gould (Virginia)
G Max Garcia (Maryland)
DE Zach Kerr (Maryland)
Notable Pro Coach Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden (2002-08), Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly (04-08) and VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams (04-08) and Broncos Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods (2004-05) all coached together for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Gruden served as the Offensive Assistant, Kelly Director of Football Operations, Williams Personnel Executive and Woods Defensive Backs Coach. Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2002-06, 11) and Broncos Defensive Backs Coach Greg Williams (09-12) coached together for the San Diego Chargers.
- Manusky served as the Linebackers Coach (02-06)/Defensive Coordinator (11) and Williams as the Assistant Linebackers/Secondary Coach. Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2007-10) and Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph (06-10) coached DB Tramaine Brock (10- 16) while all were members of the San Francisco 49ers. Manusky served as the Defensive Coordinator and Joseph as the Defensive Backs Coach.
- Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2012-15) and Broncos Special Teams Coordinator Tom McMahon (13-17) coached DE Zach Kerr (14-16) and K Brandon McManus (13) while all were members of the Indianapolis Colts.
- Manusky served as the Defensive Coordinator and McMahon as the Special Teams Coordinator.
- Defensive QC Coach Cannon Matthews (2008-11) and Broncos Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar (06-08), Offensive Line-Guards/ Centers Sean Kugler (08-09) and Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins (10-12) all coached together while at the Buffalo Bills.
- Matthews served as the Defensive/Special Teams Coaching Assistant (08-09)/Offensive Coaching Assistant (10-11), Kollar as Defensive Line Coach, Kugler as Offensive Line Coach and Modkins as Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach.
- Defensive QC Coach Cannon Matthews (2014-15) coached Broncos T Jeremiah Poutasi (15) while both were members of the Tennessee Titans.
- Matthews served as the Defensive QC Coach. Defensive QC Coach Cannon Matthews (2016) coached Broncos WR Jordan Leslie (16-17) while both were members of the Cleveland Browns. Matthews served as the Assistant Defensive Backs Coach.
- QB Coach/Passing Games Coordinator Kevin O'Connell (2016) and Broncos Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins (16) coached LB Marcus Rush (15-16) and DB Tramaine Brock (10-16) while all were members of the San Francisco 49ers. O'Connell served as the Special Projects Coach and Curtis as Offensive Coordinator.
- QB Coach/Passing Games Coordinator Kevin O'Connell (QBPlayer, 2011) and Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (11) and Broncos LB Brandon Marshall (10-11) were all members of the Miami Dolphins.
- Hilliard served as an Assistant Wide Receivers Coach at the time and coached while O'Connell and Marshall were both players on the team.
- QB Coach/Passing Games Coordinator Kevin O'Connell (QBPlayer, 2012) and Broncos Defensive Backs Coach Greg Williams (09-12) were both members of the San Diego Chargers.
- Williams served as the Assistant Linebackers Coach. Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012- 14) coached Broncos LS Casey Kreiter (14-15) and G Ron Leary (12- 16) while all were members of the Dallas Cowboys. Callahan served as the Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach.
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (2013-14) and Broncos Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring (14) coached LB Brandon Marshall (12-14) while all were members of the Chicago Bears. Cavanaugh served as the Quarterbacks Coach and Herring as the Linebackers Coach. Offensive QC Coach Chris O'Hara (2014-16) coached Broncos WR Jordan Leslie (15), T Jeremiah Poutasi (16-17) and LB Marcus Rush (16) while all were members of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- O'Hara served as an Offensive Coaching Associate. Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13) and Broncos Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring (08-10) coached G Ron Leary (12-16) while all were members of the Dallas Cowboys.
- Phillips held various positions during that time while Herring served as the Linebackers Coach. Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham (2014-16) coached Broncos NT Shelby Harris (16), TE Matt LaCosse (15), LB Brandon Marshall (15-16) and TE Brian Parker (16) while all were members of the New York Jets. Latham served as a Strength and Conditioning Intern (14) and Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach (15-16).
Pro Player Connections:
- T T.J. Clemmings (2015-17) and Broncos DB Tramaine Brock (17), QB Case Keenum (17), WR Jordan Leslie (15) and DE Caushaud Lyons (17) at one point during their careers spent time with the Minnesota Vikings.
- TE Vernon Davis (06-15), QB Colt McCoy (13) and QB Alex Smith (05-12) and Broncos DB Tramaine Brock (10-16) and LB Marcus Rush (15-16) were all teammates with the San Francisco 49ers.
- Head Coach Vance Joseph (05-10) and Tight Ends Coach Geep Chryst (11- 15) were also at the 49ers at this time. Joseph served as Assistant Defensive Backs Coach (2005)/Defensive Backs Coach (06-10) and Chryst as QBs Coach (2011-14)/Offensive Coordinator (15).
- LB Mason Foster (2011-15) and Broncos DE Caushaud Lyons (15) and DE Clinton McDonald (14-17) were teammates at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. QBs Coach Mike Sullivan (12-13) was also at the Buccaneers during this time and served as the Offensive Coordinator.
- QB Kevin Hogan (2016) and TE J.P. Holtz (16-17) and Broncos WR Jordan Leslie (16-17) played together at the Cleveland Browns. DL Ziggy Hood (2009-13) and Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (10-13) played together with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Offensive Line- Guards/Centers Sean Kugler (10-12) was also at the Steelers during this time and served as the Offensive Line Coach. K Dustin Hopkins (2013-14) and DB Kenny Ladler (14-15) and Broncos T Cyrus Kouandjio (2014-16) played together with the Buffalo Bills.
- K Dustin Hopkins (2014-15) and Broncos LB Todd Davis (14) played together at the New Orleans Saints for one season. OL John Kling (2016-17) and LB Pernell McPhee (15-18) and Broncos DE Caushaud Lyons (17) played together while at the Chicago Bears.
- Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins (17) was also at the Bears at this time and served as the Running Backs Coach. LB Jeff Knox (2017-18) and Broncos DE Clinton McDonald (14-17) played together at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one season. G Shawn Lauvao (2010-13), QB Colt McCoy (10-12) and DL Phil Taylor Sr. (11-15) were coached by Broncos Assistant Defensive Line Coach Chris Beake (11-12) while all were members of the Cleveland Browns.
- Beake served as an Offensive Assistant. RB Byron Marshall (2016-17) and Broncos CB C.J. Smith (16) played together at the Philadelphia Eagles for one season. LB Cassanova McKinzy (2016) and Broncos DE Clinton McDonald (14-17) played together for one season at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- LB Cassanova McKinzy (2017), C Demetrius Rhaney (14-17) and WR Brian Quick (2012-16) and Broncos G J.J. Dielman (17), QB Case Keenum (14, 15-16), DE Caushaud Lyons (17) and T Jeremiah Poutasi (17) at one point during their careers spent time with the St. Louis/ LA Rams.
- LB Dadi Nicolas (2016-17) and G Isaiah Williams (17) and Broncos LB Marcus Rush (17) all played together for one season with the Kansas City Chiefs. LB Pernell McPhee (2011-15) and Broncos S Darian Stewart (14) played together for one season at the Baltimore Ravens.
- T Ty Nsekhe (2012) and WR Brian Quick (12-16) and Broncos S Darian Stewart (10-13) played together at the St. Louis/LA Rams. C Demetrius Rhaney (2017) and Broncos T Jeremiah Poutasi (16- 17) played together for one season at the Jacksonville Jaguars. WR Paul Richardson Jr. (2014-17) and Broncos DB Tramaine Brock (17) and LB Joe Jones (17) played together for a season at the Seattle Seahawks. QB Alex Smith (2013-17) and Broncos TE Brian Parker (15) and LB Marcus Rush (17) played together at the Kansas City Chiefs.
- S D.J. Swearinger Sr. (2013-14) and Broncos QB Case Keenum (12-13) were teammates at the Houston Texans. Head Coach Vance Joseph (11-13), Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring (11-13), Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar (2009-14) and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith (10-13) were also at the Texans during this time. Joseph served as the Defensive Backs Coach, Herring as Linebackers Coach, Kollar as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line (09-13)/D-Line Coach.