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The Redskins kick off their preseason slate on Thursday in Cleveland, where rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is expected to see his first game action as a pro. Coach Jay Gruden hasn’t said how he plans to rotate his quarterbacks against the Browns, but with Colt McCoy being held out for precautionary reasons, the spotlight will be on Haskins and Case Keenum as they continue to compete for the starting job.
It’s unclear if the Redskins will play second-year running back Derrius Guice, who tore the ACL in his left knee in Washington’s preseason opener last year, but there are several other names and position battles to watch. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin has had a strong training camp, as have fellow rookies Donald Parham, a 6-foot-8 tight end out of Stetson University, and linebacker Cole Holcomb, a fifth-round pick. The left side of the offensive line remains one of the team’s biggest questions, as seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams continues his holdout.
The Browns, meantime, enter their preseason opener in the unusual position of being a team in the spotlight, with the high-powered offensive trio of Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt.
“It’s quite the change, witnessing a football team from Cleveland handle excessive hype,” The Post’s Jerry Brewer writes. “The long-suffering Browns fans deserve this opportunity to believe in something new and promising, but it’s interesting to observe that Cleveland already has legions of outside detractors fighting against its believers. For the past 20 years, the Browns have seldom made any noise. Now, people think they’re too loud. Absurd. Fascinating.”
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