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Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: Chris Thompson returns to practice

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Jay Gruden speaks to the media after today’s practice

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Jay Gruden talked to reporters after today’s “extra” day of practice for the Redskins. Chris Thompson returned to the practice field after being sidelined for weeks with a rib injury. Gruden was encouraged by his return. Trent Williams has been cleared to practice, and he talked about why he went to the hospital in an ambulance following Thursday’s game in Dallas.

Trent Williams:

Chris Thompson:

“He took some reps today which was obviously encouraging and then we’ll see how he does on Wednesday. They have another day off tomorrow and then we’ll see how he does Wednesday. It’s just a matter of how sore he is and how he can protect it.”

Colt McCoy:

I thought him [Colt McCoy] handling the snaps counts and protections, I thought he was very good. I thought he moved around in the pocket very good, avoiding trouble. But, there are times when he gets outside the pocket where he has to understand that the ball is very, very important and he can’t force the issue sometimes. He’s such a competitor, he sometimes forces the issue from time to time and we’ve just got to rein him in a little bit there, but I was impressed with the way he competed and played.”

“I think the big difference with Colt is if I can just see right from today, he likes to get the ball out of his hands a little bit quicker, so receivers have just got to be aware that the ball is coming out and they have to understand that if the defensive back is high on top of them he might throw a back shoulder to him and it’s going to be in the air. We’ve got to get our guys head’s around little quicker, he’s going to give you more opportunity type balls for the receivers that come down whether it’s tight ends or backs, but for the most part, that’s the biggest difference. But I think getting to know the guys and the guys getting to know him and when the ball is coming, will be a huge help.”

Turnovers vs Cowboys:

First plays vs Cowboys:

Playoffs:

“I think there’s parity, without a doubt. Every team has talent on their football team and a lot of these games are coming down to one or two plays. You take out a couple of plays, could be a unique call that we didn’t hit, a hold, a P.I., or what have you, but for the most part, it’s coming down to the team that can make plays in critical times. Dallas made them, Houston made them and we failed to make them. We understand that the last five games, we’ve got Philly twice, I think Tennessee, the Giants and Jacksonville – these teams all have good players and it’s going to come down to who can make the plays in critical situations, who can protect the ball and who can get the ball out. They forced three turnovers, we didn’t get any last week. We know what that record usually is for the team that doesn’t get any and gives three away, so we have to protect the ball and play better situational football.”