Jay Gruden spoke to reporters before today's Redskins training camp practice. He discussed the competition at RB and WR in camp, injuries, and more.
"Chris Thompson looks faster out there now. His burst looks like it's back to 100%. He looks great right now"— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 1, 2018
- Jay Gruden, #Redskins
Jay Gruden expects Chris Thompson to play Week 1 vs. Arizona pic.twitter.com/YsQ9KoJmTc— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 1, 2018
"Quite frankly, we didn't have any questions on his character." -Gruden on Derrius Guice.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 1, 2018
He says he's happy go lucky and a great guy to be around.
“He is a confident guy now, that’s not an issue there. That’s - I mean, holy cow. He’s very confident and I like that about a back. You have to be confident about a back. He’s very powerful; he knows he’s very powerful. He’s very fast and he knows he’s fast. So there’s really no reason for him not to be confident. The big thing is we just got to get him to know what to do and be confident in the fundamentals of what tracks he’s hitting, pass protection, all that good stuff. But, I think he’s a guy that is just born with a gift of having great energy on a daily basis. He wakes up in the morning with a great bounce in his step and every day is the same with him. I have not seen a down day from him, you know. He might have his - he’s just, I think just he’s gonna be fine, quite frankly. Every day, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, whatever day we play he’ll be ready.”
"Shawn Lauvao is a veteran guy who has been through it. I think his injuries have effected us as a team more than him."— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 1, 2018
- Jay Gruden, #Redskins
Gruden glowed about him. Can play any position. Quarterback friendly. Strong enough to get off press coverage. Then proceeded to also compliment every single other WR on the roster. Aka, the classic Jay. https://t.co/29G5t2FN8k— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 1, 2018
"We got to get him healthy. He probably thinks he had a down year... you gotta earn your stripes, especially alongside guys like Kerrigan and Smith. I see steady improvement in him, like where Ryan's at."— Chip Brierre (@Chip_Brierre) August 1, 2018
Gruden on Ryan Anderson's progress from year 1 to 2. #HTTR #Redskins
"Doing good, you know, it’s a great test early on especially with [Daron] Payne and Jonathan [Allen] in there, and Matt [Ioannidis] and Ziggy [Hood] and all those guys you know, different guy on him every time. But, he’s done a good job. He’s just going to continue to get better. The more he sees the more he is going to be confident and the more he can make the calls like that and then adjust to them on the fly. So, he’s the quarterback of that offensive line and he’s going to need to see all the looks, so on game day, under, over, front, jam front, whatever it is he can spit out the calls effortlessly and be able to execute a lot smoother because of that. He’s got a great body for center and I think he’s steadily improving to be a good starting center for this organization for a long time.”
"Yeah, he has done well, you know, all of those guys. We’ve had, you know, Pip [Ondre Pipkins] was down for a little bit and we had Daron [Payne] went down, and we had another one go down. So, we had two or three guys who were missing practice, so Settle had to step in and take a lot of reps and he you know took advantage of it and that’s what we expect these guys to do. That’s what training camp’s all about. For these young guys they have to wait their turn and when they do get their reps, their opportunity rises, they have to take advantage of it. And Tim has done a good job of that. Now it’s a matter of him being consistent, putting days back to back together, and getting into games and producing in the games and being in the right spot. He’s got good strength, lower body strength is excellent, and he’s got a pretty good get-off, you know, for a big man which is good to see. So, continue to get him running the ball, and just watching him steadily improve with Coach [Jim] Tomsula. He’s going to have the chance to be a good one too.”
Is Crowder still going into the season returning punts? Gruden draws laughs with a: "Yeah! Why not?!" #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 1, 2018
Gruden on what makes Crowder so QB friendly: "He takes very friendly angles, has strong hands and he's fearless.... Makes for a perfect slot."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 1, 2018
"Well Crowder, just has a natural feel for the position and not only that, but he has great quickness. As a slot receiver you have to have great feel and understanding of man or zone. Now when you do get man-to-man you have to have the quickness to separate and he can do all of that you know that’s why he is so good. And then you have to be fearless across the middle, it’s one thing to get open but it’s another thing catching the ball between to linebackers or having a nickel [corner] traveling and a safety coming down on you. He takes very friendly angles, he got strong hands and he is fearless, quite frankly. You can probably count all the drops he has in his career here on one hand, other than the punts, he dropped a couple of those last year. I think all that put together, his idea of man and zone, separate, quarterback friendly target, strong hands, and fearless make him for a perfect slot.”
"Kelley's had a great camp."— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 1, 2018
Gruden says they haven't decided how many RB's they'll keep. Some will depend on if they keep a FB, and if Kelley or Perine can play some FB in certain situations. Kelley was a FB in college, but he was Fat Rob then.
Jay Gruden said RB Rob Kelley is having a "great camp." Gruden said he's not sure how many RB's they'll keep. Said depends on what do at other spots. At some point might see if Kelley or Perine can also play FB too.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 1, 2018