Jay Gruden answered questions from the media after the Redskins defeated the Panthers 23-17 to regain the top spot in the NFC East. Gruden talked about a few players who stood out, and were targeted today. The Redskins go to 3-2 after today’s win.
No injuries of note for #Redskins. Jay Gruden says Brandon Scherff returned and was ok after tweaking his knee.— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) October 14, 2018
Jay Gruden on Josh Norman: "The thing got popped up in the media somehow. I don't know how or where it came from but Josh and I have swept it under the rug right after it happened. It was great to see him play well against his former team. I know it meant a lot to him." #Redskins— Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) October 14, 2018
Gruden says there was a concerted effort to get the ball to Doctson. Would’ve had even more if the protection held up, including the double move late. Thought 18 was held on the go ball, too.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
Gruden says there’s more to be had with Reed. They did a good enough job today of using him, but other times he was doubled and other times protection didn’t hold up.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
Jay Gruden gushed over Adrian Peterson’s 97-yard performance with that painful shoulder injury. “What a pro!” In locker room a team staffer just needed to help Peterson pull his pads over his head.#Redskins— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) October 14, 2018
Gruden says the protection breakdowns eminate from guys being out of position but overall he feels like the OL played well.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
Alex Smith Presser
Josh Norman Presser
Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger said the entire defense went to a steak house this week, going out for the first time this season. It stemmed from talks between Swearinger and linebacker Pernell McPhee. Swearinger said McPhee picked up the check. But it followed the defensive...— John Keim (@john_keim) October 14, 2018
Norman, now at the podium, says he called the meeting to let his guys know that they were in this together and that started with him. He wanted them to know he cared about them. He wants to see them succeed.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
Norman vs the world:
“This week was a little bit, I’m not gonna lie...it was like I was playing cornerback against everybody.”— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
Norman says when he went home, he was at peace knowing he was going to live his best life no matter what.
On the interception, Norman only saw the ball. “I wouldn’t let God’s angels take that ball if they were up there with me.”— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
His fellow DB’s felt like Josh really let them in. They aired the “elephants” (plural) in the room.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
The result was their best week of practice they’ve had all year and the DB’s communicating on a level they haven’t all year.
DJ Swearinger called it “bullshit” that he got the flag at the end of the game.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 14, 2018
Per Swearinger, he clapped his hands and said he got the last laugh. Cam started talking. DJ said “hit me, hit me!” and Cam didn’t. Then DJ got a flag.