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Preseason Week 5: Redskins (3-1) vs. Jaguars (2-1)


Gameday Graphic for Game on 8/28/2008

The Redskins conclude preseason on Thursday, Aug. 28, when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField. Kickoff is 7 p.m. p.m. ET.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.

The game will be televised nationally on NBC. Al Michaels will call the play-by-play and John Madden will provide color commentary. Adam Schefter will serve as side reporter.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980. Larry Michael handles the play-by-play with color commentary by Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. Rick "Doc" Walker will serve as sideline reporter.

Washington is coming off a disappointing 47-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 23 at Bank of America Stadium.

From midway through the second quarter to early in the third, Carolina scored five touchdowns to build a 41-0 lead. The Panthers scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 60 yards.

Jason Campbell was sacked four times in the first half and the Redskins managed just one field goal.

It was the Redskins' most lopsided loss ever in preseason play since the 1970 merger, topping the 41-0 preseason loss to New England in 2006.

The Jaguars defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-17 at Raymond James Stadium last Saturday. Quarterback David Garrard was 10-of-16 for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Fred Taylor had seven rushed for 26 yards.



Marcus Mason (Getty Images)

The Redskins and Jaguars have played twice in the preseason, with both games won by Jacksonville at Alltel Stadium.

Last year, the Jaguars won 31-14 in the preseason finale for both clubs. Jason Campbell led the Redskins' first-team offense to a touchdown, throwing 23 yards to Antwaan Randle El. But the Jaguars scored three second-half touchdowns to pull away.

In the only other preseason matchup in the series, the Jaguars defeated Steve Spurrier's Redskins by a 17-15 score in 2003.

The Redskins have played the Jaguars four times in the regular season and lead the series 3-1.

The most memorable game in the regular-season series was in 2006 at FedExField. In a hard-hitting, back-and-forth shootout, the Redskins defeated Jacksonville 36-30 in overtime.

Mark Brunell, the former Jaguars quarterback, threw a game-winning touchdown pass, a 69-yarder to Santana Moss who had to split two defenders on his way to the end zone.

It was Moss's third touchdown of the game. He finished the afternoon with four catches for 138 yards. Meantime, Clinton Portis rushed for a season-high 112 yards on 27 carries.


Return of Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams returns to FedExField just eight months after he was not retained by the Redskins.

Williams spent four years with the Redskins as assistant head coach-defense under Joe Gibbs. From 2004-07, the Redskins ranked sixth in the NFL in defense (306.6 yards per game allowed), second in the NFC and seventh in rushing defense (103.8).

The Redskins allowed only 19.4 points per game during that span, the ninth-fewest in the NFL.

Williams was replaced in Washington by Greg Blache, his former defensive line coach.

Williams maintains friendships with several Redskins players and coaches, including Jerry Gray, Steve Jackson, London Fletcher, Kirk Olivadotti, Shawn Springs and Cornelius Griffin.

Redskins Preseason Offensive Leaders

In four preseason games, Jason Campbell has completed 22-of-35 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. He has been sacked five times, including four times in the Redskins' 47-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. His QB rating is 87.7.

Third-stringer Colt Brennan has completed 23-of-35 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He has been sacked four times. His QB rating is a team-high 120.2.

Marcus Mason leads the Redskins' ground game with 253 yards on 49 carries, an impressive 5.2 yards-per-carry average. Mason also has four catches for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Billy McMullen leads the receivers with 16 catches for 197 yards, including a 37-yard grab. Antwaan Randle El leads projected starters with six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

As a team, the Redskins are averaging 142.8 yards per game on the ground in preseason. They are averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

Redskins Preseason Defensive Leaders

Khary Campbell leads the Redskins in preseason tackles with 22. He is followed by Matt Sinclair and Matteral Richardson, who both have 15 tackles. (Sinclair was released by the Redskins on Aug. 25.)

Rob Jackson and Chris Horton are tied for the team lead in sacks with two apiece. Reed Doughty has 1.5 sacks. Marcus Washington and Lorenzo Alexander also have recorded a sack.

Richardson has been active in the secondary, leading the Redskins with three passes defended. He also picked off a pass in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3 and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

Kareem Moore, who has started two games at free safety for the injured LaRon Landry, also has an interception.

As a team, the Redskins' defense is allowing an average of 342.2 yards per game and a 3.8 yards-per-carry average.

Kickoff Luncheon

The Redskins host the 47th annual Welcome Home Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va.

Tickets to the event are sold out.

The Welcome Home Luncheon heralds the start of the NFL season in Washington. It is the first Welcome Home Luncheon for new head coach Jim Zorn.

The entire Redskins team, including players, coaches, staff and alumni, will be in attendance.

It is one of the few times that the entire Washington Redskins team gathers at a single event apart from games.


The Jaguars have several connections to the University of Maryland.

Linebackers coach Mark Duffner was the head coach of the Terrapins from 1992-96.

Assistant head coach-tight ends Mike Tice, who played for the Redskins, played his college ball at Maryland.

Punter Adam Podlesh and defensive back Isaiah Gardner are on the Jaguars' roster.

FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL with 91,704 seats. It is more than 11,000 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, Giants Stadium.

The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in the Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Preseason Record

The Redskins are 108-126-2 all-time in preseason play, including the Aug. 23 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Last year, Washington was 2-2 in the preseason.

What's Next?

After the Jaguars preseason game, the Redskins kick off the 2008 NFL regular season, as they take on the New York Giants at the Meadowlands on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.


Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams served as assistant head coach-defense of the Redskins from 2004-07.

Assistant head coach-offense Mike Tice played for the Redskins in 1989. He also played his college ball at Maryland.

Offensive line coach Andy Heck played for the Redskins in 1999-2000. He is also a graduate of Woodson High School in Fairfax. Va.

Safety Pierson Prioleau played for the Redskins from 2005-07. He was not re-signed by the Redskins last offseason.

Tight end-long snapper Joe Zelenka played for the Redskins in 2000.

Wide receiver Ryan Hoag played for the Redskins in 2006-07. Hoag made headlines last offseason when he appeared on the ABC reality TV show "The Bachelor."

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