Rivera plans to play the starters on Thursday against NE

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After two weeks of training camp, 30 NFL teams are ready for their first preparatory action this week. Dallas and Pittsburgh already kicked off the 2021 preseason during last week’s Hall of Fame game.

One of the most controversial debates in NFC circles in recent years revolves around the preseason. With so many players injured in the preseason in previous years, there is always a debate about whether or not to play with your best players. Or, if you play with your best players, how long do you let them play?

The Washington football team is scheduled to open the preseason Thursday against the New England Patriots. After practice on Sunday, Rivera was asked how much he expects to play with his starters.

“We’re going to play our guys on Thursday, I’ll tell you right now,” Rivera said, according to the Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “It’s a great opportunity against a very good, well-trained football team. So I am excited about this potential. I think having all three games and having a two week preparation period before the first one [regular season] the game is going to be good for us to play with the guys a bit more.

What is he looking for this week?

Rivera noted how important the preseason is in helping to determine places on the roster. Washington has several players vying for the 53-man roster at the wide receiver, cornerback and offensive line.

As for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rivera said the plan was to “play him enough.” It probably means seeing his progress and comfort in Washington’s offensive.

It will be interesting to see which starters play on Thursday – and for how long.

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