- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 23, 2012

Five questions to keep in mind when Washington visits Indianapolis in the third preseason game.

1. Will Robert Griffin III establish some momentum in his last preseason game? The rookie quarterback and the first-string offense are not scheduled to play in the preseason finale, so Saturday is the dress rehearsal. He would enter the season on an upswing if he demonstrates comfort in the pocket, sound mechanics and some of his electric athleticism.

2. Will Griffin complete passes down the field? He has completed only nine passes (in 14 attempts) during two preseason games, and we haven’t seen the stellar deep ball he was known for at Baylor. Griffin says he takes the shorter throws the defense gives him. His longest preseason completions went for 20 yards.

3. Which receivers on the bubble will make their push? The most intriguing position battle of camp heated up last week with touchdown catches by Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe. Anthony Armstrong (right shoulder) is scheduled to play against the Colts. Terrence Austin and Brandon Banks have not distinguished themselves at receiver in preseason games.

4. Can Graham Gano seize an advantage in the kicking competiton? Veteran Neil Rackers missed a 54-yard field goal attempt last week and thus opened the door to the incumbent. Gano still hasn’t attempted one. Rackers’ second-half kickoff against Chicago was returned 105 yards for a touchdown, but coverage was the problem.

5. Which linebackers on the bubble could force the issue? The Redskins have depth issues at inside linebacker. Lorenzo Alexander is playing the position full-time for the first time, and Keenan Robinson is a rookie. They might need more insurance inside. Bryan Kehl, a special teams contributor, dropped a game-winning interception last week.

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