Ravens vs. Washington preseason Week 3: How to watch:The Washington Football Team is back in action on Saturday when the Baltimore Ravens come to FedEx Field in the preseason finale for both teams.
Washington is coming off its first preseason win, a 17-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, Baltimore enters this game with one of the more unusual streaks in NFL history. The Ravens have won 19 consecutive preseason games.
Can the Football Team be the ones to end Baltimore’s exhibition success?
Here’s all you need to know for Saturday’s game between the WFT and the Ravens.
Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Football Team
When: Saturday, Aug. 28, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
When the Washington Football Team signed tight end Sammis Reyes in the spring, fans were drooling at Reyes’ athleticism, believing the team had found the next Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez.
Well, while Reyes did have an unbelievable workout, he was likely still a long shot heading into training camp. He had never played football before and would be a project — if he made the team.
Once Washington opened training camp, Reyes was a staple after practice on most days. Staying over and catching passes. He often caught the ire of respected tight ends coach Pete Hoener. But, there was something there.
In his first NFL action, Reyes caught two passes for 25 yards. He didn’t make either reception look easy, but he showed focus on one catch along the sideline. On the other reception, he ran over a defender.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera has praised Rivera all summer.
“He’s a little bit of a bull in a china shop right now because he hasn’t quite learned to focus his energy, but when he does, he’s very powerful,” Rivera said, per Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He might be our most physical tight end. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but some of the things that I saw really kind of pointed to that.”
Clearly, Reyes’ physicality has stood out to the coaching staff, especially as a blocker.
Sammis Reyes is a people mover. pic.twitter.com/tIGSZJ386W
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 13, 2021
Washington released tight end Temarrick Hemingway this week. At one point, Hemingway was viewed as a prime option to back up starter Logan Thomas. However, he struggled in the preseason opener against the Patriots and then battled a concussion.
Thomas and rookie John Bates are locks. We know Washington likes Reyes and has already invested in his development.
Rivera’s comments this week certainly make it seem Washington is keeping Reyes. However, veteran Ricky Seals-Jones has also proven worthy of a roster spot. Seals-Jones is strictly a receiving tight end. But he would give the team a veteran behind Thomas.
It will be interesting to see how much Reyes plays on Saturday against the Ravens, and how he performs after missing a week.