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Highlighting The Redskins' 2016 Preseason Schedule

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With confirmed matchups against the Falcons, Jets, Bills and Buccaneers for the preseason, Redskins.com provides a closer look at all four teams.

The Washington Redskins on Thursday announced their 2016 preseason schedule for the four-week slate of games.

Washington will open up the first week of the preseason with a road trip to Atlanta to take on the Falcons before back-to-back games at FedExField against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.

The Redskins will conclude the preseason like they did in 2013 and 2014 with a trip south to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

While the Redskins played all four of these teams last season – with victories over the Bills and Buccaneers – here's a quick look at Washington's 2016 preseason opponents:


Atlanta

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The Falcons will open up their final year at the Georgia Dome by hosting the Redskins in the preseason opener.

Atlanta got off to a strong start last season, going 5-0 in their first five games including an overtime victory over Washington in Week 5.

But after their hot start, the Falcons cooled off significantly, losing seven of their next eight before finishing the season 8-8 and on the outside of the playoff race.

Matt Ryan returns at quarterback in 2016 for his ninth season under center. He has thrown for almost 33,000 yards in his career with 202 touchdowns to 107 interceptions.

Ryan has appeared in all but two games since being taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

His favorite target once again will be Julio Jones, who finished 2015 with an NFL-high 1,871 recieivng yards.

Defensively, Atlanta mustered an NFL worst 19 sacks in 2015.

This offseason, they've signed outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw and center Alex Mack along with former Redskins Tom Compton and Aldrick Robinson.


New York Jets
Like the Falcons, the Jets just missed the playoffs last season, as their Week 17 loss to the Bills bumped them out of the playoff race.

While the position will certainly have a clearer picture once the season rolls around, New York's quarterback situation right now is murky.

Ryan Fitzpatrick remains a free agent after a season in which he threw for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns.

The Jets have Bryce Petty and Geno Smith, too, both draft picks of the team, but Petty appears to be a longer-term project and Smith has struggled during his NFL career.

New York also lost its top running back, as Chris Ivory – who rushed for 1,070 yards in 2015 – signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason.

While the Jets were one of the stronger defensive units last season, they've bulked up on that side of the ball with signings of Bruce Carter and Darryl Morris.

They also placed the franchise tag on Muhammed Wilkerson.


Buffalo

While they appear to have their quarterback now in Tyrod Taylor after the Virginia Tech product won the starting job last season, the Bills still have quite a few pieces they need and want to fill to get back into the playoffs in 2016.

The Bills haven't made it to the postseason 1999, the longest drought in the NFL.

They do have some offensive firepower alongside Taylor, as LeSean McCoy rushed for 895 yards in his first season with the team in 2015, while Sammy Watkins surpassed 1,000 receiving yards.

Defensively, the Bills return their leading tackler (Corey Graham) and their top ballhawk (Stephon Gilmore; three interceptions) from 2015.

Buffalo did part ways with two top veteran defensive players, though, as defensive end Mario Williams and cornerback Leodis McKelvin were both released.

They also placed the franchise tag on tackle Cordy Gleen while also agreeing to terms on a new three-year contract with Richie Incognito.

The team also signed linebacker Zach Brown and re-signed former Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson.


Tampa Bay
Following a 2-14 season in 2014, the Buccaneers were the first team to pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and selected former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston with the top selection.

Winston earned a Pro Bowl trip in his rookie season, throwing for 22 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards.

He returns his top running back, too, as Doug Martin re-signed with the team this offseason.

Martin had a bounce back season in 2015, as he rushed for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns after back-to-back years under 500 rushing yards.

Along with Martin, Mike Evans appears poised to become one of the top wide receivers in the league, as he's toppled 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.

On the defensive side, Lavonte David is Tampa Bay's top producing player, as he totaled 85 tackles with three sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown in 2015.

Gerald McCoy also is a highlight player, as he has totaled 188 tackles and 35.5 sacks in his career.

The team also signed linebacker Daryl Smith this offseason.

He started all 48 regular season games for the Baltimore Ravens over the last three seasons.

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