The Washington Redskins still are figuring out how things work under first-year coach Jim Zorn, and have seen little from several key contributors entering tonight's exhibition game at Charlotte.
Starters should play into the third quarter, provides the first significant test for both teams.
Defensive end Jason Taylor is set to see his first extended time with Washington since leaving Miami.
"We are going to see our starting group try to improve their cohesiveness," Zorn said. "I don't want to see mental errors, but we want to see execution and finish."
The Redskins (3-0) have gotten decent play from Jason Campbell (16 of 25, a 95.4 passer rating) as he learns how quickly he needs to release the ball in Zorn's West Coast offense. Running back Clinton Portis, who was given last week off, is expected to get several carries against the Panthers (1-1) as they fine tune the new offense.
"Once you look at that Carolina field and see that they blitz every other play and that they really game-plan for the teams that they play, then you can't help but realize the season is right around the corner," Portis said.
Both teams have few starting jobs still open. Keydrick Vincent has appeared to secure Carolina's starting right-guard spot. Washington's Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery are vying for a starting spot at defensive tackle.
So today's game will mostly be about consistency and rhythm in the last major tuneup before the regular season.
"Everyone always thinks that this is a dress rehearsal, but we have to approach this as a regular season game," Campbell said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun