LANDOVER, Md. — Despite largely the same roster of veterans and an electric batch of free agent signees, the Patriots open the preseason Thursday night in Washington still looking to answer questions about the team's depth and solidify key contributors.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, for one, will not even start Thursday's game, according to a report. Ryan Mallett will get the start in his place as his development continues.
But through the preseason, the Patriots will likely be looking for answers at running back, wide receiver, tight end, on the offensive line, defensive line, safety, and backup linebacker before cuts begin Aug. 26.
Oh, and there's a long snapper competition going on. It's all in the cards Thursday night as the Patriots play their 21st preseason game against Washington (13-7) following three days of joint practices.
Here are the details:
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Patriots 0-0; Washington 0-0.
TV, radio: Patriots Preseason Television Network (Dan Roche, Christian Fauria, Matt Chatham, Steve Burton); 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injury reports.
Patriots offense: WR Kenbrell Thompkins, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Justin Jones, WR Julian Edelman, QB Ryan Mallett, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Danny Amendola.
Patriots defense: LE Rob Ninkovich, DT Vince Wilfork, DT Tommy Kelly, DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Jamie Collins, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Brandon Browner, S Devin McCourty, S Duron Harmon.
Washington offense: WR Santana Moss, LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, C Kory Lichtensteiger, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus, TE Jordan Reed, WR DeSean Jackson, QB Robert Griffin III, FB Darrel Young, RB Alfred Morris.
Washington defense: DE Chris Baker, NT Barry Cofield, RDE Jarvis Jenkins, LOLB Ryan Kerrigan, MLB Keenan Robinson, JLB Perry Riley, Jr., ROLB Brian Orakpo, LCB DeAngelo Hall, RCB David Amerson, SS Brandon Meriweather, FS Ryan Clark.