3 Washington Players to Watch in NFL Preseason Week 1

Larry Rupp
Three Washington Football Team players to watch in their preseason matchup against the New England Patriots.
Three Washington Football Team players to watch in their preseason matchup against the New England Patriots. / Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Washington Football Team will be looking to ride its momentum to end the 2020 season into this fall and repeat as NFC East champions. They have made some moves this offseason to better their chances including bringing in veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead the offense.

Football fans won't have to wait any longer to see Washington back in action as the team is set to take on the New England Patriots in preseason Week 1 action on Thursday night. Keep in mind that a lot of the players showcased in this matchup will be fighting to prove why they deserve a roster spot.

Here's three Washington players worth keeping an eye on.

1. Khaleke Hudson, Linebacker

Linebacker Khaleke Hudson isn't fighting to make the Week 1 roster, but he is attempting to get some more snaps with the starters. The top backup appeared in all 16 games for Washington last season mostly as a special teams ace. Hudson has shown some flashes of elite athleticism during training camp and could force his way up the depth chart with a good showing on Thursday night. The second-year player out of Michigan has above average coverage skills and knows how to make the physical tackles.

2. Dyami Brown, Wide Receiver

Washington drafted wide receiver Dyami Brown in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft and he has chance to make an immediate impact on offense. The rookie could take on the team's No. 3 receiving role behind starters Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. Brown has been making highlight plays throughout practice and has shown that he has crisp route-running skills. After all, the 21-year-old did average 18.7 yards per reception across three college seasons. Fans should be excited to see what the Brown can bring to the field in his first taste of NFL action.

3. DeAndre Carter, Wide Receiver

Another wideout worth watching for in this one is DeAndre Carter. The NFL journeyman is stuck in the middle of an intense battle for the last few spots on the roster at the position. Carter has looked impressive during training camp constantly juking out defenders and breaking tackles. However, the 28-year-old's best chance to impress the coaching staff may be in the return game tonight. He averages 21.8 yards per kick return and 9.8 yards per punt return in his career. Showing he can provide an edge on special teams is exactly what Carter needs to work his way up the pecking order.

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