I was asked recently how much preseason games really mean. What can we take away from the Redskins-Ravens game that we know will carry through to the regular season?

For coaches and general managers, the preseason is an opportunity to evaluate talent for roster spots.

For players, it’s physical and mental. Practices can only simulate so much of what the game speed is, and the preseason games give players those reps they need for the regular season. Mentally, it’s about getting into game mode: being able to see formations and schemes — not in practice but from other teams within a game.

As far as what you as a fan take away from the games, you can judge individual performances and even units, like the offensive or defensive lines. But wins and losses in the preseason generally have little to no connection with regular season failure or success.

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