- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Redskins will host the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns at FedEx Field and play road games against the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this August as part of their preseason schedule, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Washington will open its first preseason under new coach Jay Gruden with a game against the Patriots between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10. It will then face the Browns in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN as part of its preseason “Monday Night Football” package on Aug. 18, will visit the Ravens at some point between Aug. 21 and Aug. 24 and will then wrap up its preseason by visiting the Buccaneers on Aug. 28.

The dates of all games and kickoff times will be finalized at a later date. The three games not televised by ESPN will be broadcast locally on WRC Channel 4 and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

The game against the Browns will mark the return of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to Washington. Shanahan, now in that position in Cleveland, held that role with the Redskins for four seasons until he was fired along with his father, coach Mike Shanahan, and several other assistants on Dec. 30.

The Ravens and the Buccaneers have been the Redskins’ most frequent preseason opponent in recent years. Though the two teams did not meet during the last two preseasons, Baltimore has faced Washington seven times in the last 12 years, while Tampa Bay has faced the Redskins each of the last three seasons.

New England last faced the Redskins in the preseason in 2009.

Washington’s regular-season opponents have been known for some time, but dates, times and television arrangements have yet to be announced. Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday that the league doesn’t have a timeline of when the regular-season schedule will be announced.

In addition to facing their three NFC East rivals – the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles – at home and on the road, the Redskins will host the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams and will visit the Arizona Cardinals, the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts, the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers.