Jason Hatcher, Hankerson, Mo Hurt, Stephen Bowen all opening camp on PUP list.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden said Hankerson, Hatcher, Bowen and Hurt will not be available at the start of camp. Hurt is "just a little bit out of shape."— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) July 23, 2014
Gruden believes Hatcher will return some time during training camp.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden: "I never like to make predictions on when guys are going to come back."— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) July 23, 2014
Mo hurt is in fight for a roster spot He reported out of shape. Good lord— John Keim (@john_keim) July 23, 2014
Robert Griffin III:
"From a health standpoint, we feel good about where he is there. Obviously, he's in great shape. ... Physical condition is not an issue," Gruden said on the eve of his first practice. "Mental condition, we feel is excellent. [Offensive coordinator] Sean [McVay] has done an excellent job with him. Above-the-neck plays, he's doing a great job - command of the game, in the huddle, his audibles and the running game have been excellent. He's in his third year, and he's still going to make mistakes here and there. But the key for him is to learn from his mistakes and not make the same ones over and over, and just continue to get better every day."
Gruden continued, "He knows the tempo, he knows what has to go into making him a great quarterback. He has a long way to go, and he understands that. It's physical and mental preparation. He's got a great understanding and great feel for that as a young guy."
Gruden: "Robert is the quarterback. That's for sure. Hands down."— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) July 23, 2014
"Repetition. Reps, reps, reps," the coach explained. "You can never have too many reps. You can run the same play 10 different times and might get 10 different defenses. The more you see that play against different defenses, the more you see the blitzes and what you need to handle as the quarterback, stepping up in the pocket, his fundamentals, his footwork. It's very difficult to miss an entire training camp and preseason then come in Week 1 and say, ‘Here's the ball. Go play.' It's very difficult. So all quarterbacks need the reps. All quarterbacks want the reps."
"I could sit here and talk for 35, 40 minutes talking about what he needs to work on. I could do the same for Tom Brady," he said. "That's just the position. Every position on the field requires training both mentally and physically and that's not going to change. As long as you're an active football player, someone's out for your job, you're getting older and you have to maintain your level of competitiveness."
Gruden says Griffin has a long ways to go to be a great quarterback, but understands that.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden "Big thing is to not make it all about Robert. It's also about the rest of the guys."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
"Happiness comes with wins. Nobody's going to be happy if we're 2-14. Our whole goal is to make sure we make him as comfortable as possible with this system, and when he's out there on Sundays he's comfortable and feels good about the direction we're going offensively. And if we can make him feel comfortable, put him in a place where he can succeed, I feel like we'll have a much better chance for this franchise to be successful." - Gruden, on his relationship with Robert Griffin III, and whether the two are happy with each other"
Gruden's First Training Camp as Head Coach:
Gruden stressing strong fundamentals, good tempo, perfection as he kicks off his first training camp.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden said he's relied on help from his coaches to craft his first-ever training camp schedule. "Every decision I make will have input."— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 23, 2014
Gruden on his first camp as HC: "You're excited about the season. You're nervous. You've got butterflies every day walking out."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden: "Right now it's about coaching. ... The best thing I've done so far is assembling a great staff."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Richard Crawford and Tracy Porter:
Gruden said Crawford and Porter are ready to go.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) July 23, 2014
Richard Crawford, Tracy Porter both cleared to practice right off the bat, Gruden says.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden on players: "There's no reason why they shouldn't be fired up to come out here."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden wants players to make it hard on his staff and him when it comes to roster cuts. He wants to see a lot of the young players.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) July 23, 2014
Gruden wants to get a good look at everyone b/c there's nothing worse than cutting a player then having that player "kick your ass" later.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) July 23, 2014
Gruden: "You should have a chip on your shoulder...We don't have anybody coming from Seattle." on motivation of players.— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) July 23, 2014
Joint Practices with the Patriots:
Jay Gruden channeled 'Anchorman' today in Richmond, regretting his choice of clothing on a hot day: http://t.co/GccwqQv48G (VIDEO)— CSN Redskins (@CSNRedskins) July 23, 2014
Did Gruden just make an Anchorman joke with the "this jacket was a bad choice" line? I like it http://t.co/3pyynKn3mz— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) July 23, 2014