The Washington Redskins already have played in the Hall of Fame game. Now they have to face a future Hall of Famer.
Brett Favre makes his Big Apple debut when the New York Jets host the Washington Redskins on Saturday, and suddenly a ho-hum game on the preseason schedule has quite a bit of pizazz.
"It's going to be a circus, no doubt," center Casey Rabach said. "A guy in his stature, what he's done in this league, to be on a new team now, it is going to be a media circus for that game."
Jets coach Eric Mangini said he expected Favre to start and to take eight to 12 snaps.
"It's hard to say it's going to be this number hard and fast and that's what we're sticking to," Mangini said.
Favre, 38, threw a limited number of passes for the second straight practice, a day after he said his arm felt "fatigued."
The Redskins are familiar with the three-time NFL MVP, having lost four times to him since 2001.
It's their first preseason game against Favre since 1995, which they also lost. Still, it won't be the same with No. 4 wearing a different shade of green.
"I don't know how I'm going to react when I see Brett Favre in a Jets uniform," cornerback Shawn Springs said.
One of the most difficult challenges Favre has acknowledged is learning the terminology of a new system.
"I think he sees the play, but sometimes it doesn't come off his tongue maybe as fast as he wants it to because he's doing it one way for a long time, but you definitely see him making strides," Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said.
Schottenheimer said Favre has already begun calling audibles at the line of scrimmage, checking down and running the hurry-up offense — all clear signs that he's becoming more comfortable with his new team.
Coach Jim Zorn's job is to keep his Redskins focused on the usual tasks of preseason — getting the starters some work, improving familiarity with the game plan and letting backups vie for roster spots. The Redskins want to build on the progress of their 2-0 start: wins over Indianapolis in the Hall of Fame game and at home against Buffalo.
Even so, Zorn compared the upcoming experience to his days as an assistant coach with Detroit, when players on both sidelines would stop whatever they were doing to watch Barry Sanders carry the ball. He expects his players to show the same admiration for Favre.
"I fully expect our sideline to all be standing up," Zorn said, "watching him play."
Zorn said, "If we let down at all, he could still throw the ball — and the plays that he does know, he'll know how to execute them. He's only going to be in there for a bit, so the fun will be over very quickly."
Younger Redskins who haven't encountered Favre are looking forward to facing the legend — perhaps because the game won't count in the standings.
"It's definitely cool to play a Hall of Fame quarterback. It will be interesting getting out there with the gunslinger," safety Reed Doughty said.
"It's cool that a preseason game has more hype. It's going to be intense. It's going to be a big game up there."
Notes LB H.B. Blades practiced for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery July 30. He will not play Saturday. ... S Laron Landry (hamstring), DE Erasmus James (knee), WR Anthony Mix (rib) and RB Clinton Portis (coach's decision) also won't play, and RB Rock Cartwright (ribs) is doubtful, according to Zorn. ... WR Antwaan Randle El (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. ... Three players returning from injuries — CB Carlos Rogers (knee), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (knee) and WR Devin Thomas (hamstring) — will make their preseason debuts. ... DE Jason Taylor, bothered this week by a foot injury, will play briefly. ... QB Jason Campbell will give way to Todd Collins in the first quarter. Derek Devine is scheduled to play the third quarter and Colt Brennan the fourth.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun