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Redskins vs. Bucs: McCoy to start at QB, Royster at RB

Evan Royster might have saved his job with his play this preseason. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

TAMPA, Fla. — The Washington Redskins close out the preseason tonight at Raymond James Stadium, and they’ll do so with all of their starters, and a number of key backups watching from the sidelines.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III, and wide receivers Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Santana Moss all receive the night off. The same goes for running back Alfred Morris, fullback Darrel Young, tight end Jordan Reed and the offensive line of Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester and Tyler Polumbus.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will dress, but is only expected to play in case of an injury. Third-string quarterback Colt McCoy will start for Washington.

The other offensive starters are: Wide receivers Aldrick Robinson and Ryan Grant, left tackle Tom Compton, left guard Josh LeRibeus, center Kevin Kowalski, right guard Spencer Long, right tackle Morgan Moses. Logan Paulsen is listed as the starting tight end, but it remains to be seen how much he will play. Niles Paul and Ted Bolser will likely receive the bulk of the snaps at tight end, while also filling in at fullback at times.

On defense, cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson, linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley Jr. and Brian Orakpo, and safeties Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark all get the night off. Defensive ends Chris Baker, Jason Hatcher and Jarvis Jenkins do as well. Nose tackle Barry Cofield will not play, either.

The defensive starters: Left end Kedric Golston, nose tackle Chris Neild, right end Clifton Geathers, left outside linebacker Everette Brown, mike linebacker Will Compton, jack linebacker Adam Hayward, right outside linebacker Trent Murphy, left cornerback Tracy Porter, right corner Bashaud Breeland and safeties Bacarri Rambo and Trenton Robinson.

For in-game chatter, a live box score and links to scores from around the league, check out our discussion thread.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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