Jay Gruden spoke to the media today and immediately let everyone know that WR Josh Doctson was ok after his injury scare yesterday. He also talked about other injuries and roster depth. The Redskins will have a lighter practice today before getting a rest day tomorrow.
"Today is going to be a light day of practices. We've got an off day tomorrow. We'll see how Josh goes on Saturday"— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 2, 2018
- Gruden on Doctson continued.
"Well that’s what we’re trying to figure out, you know. [Tyler] Catalina, [Kyle] Kalis, [Demetrius] Rhaney, obviously [Tony] Bergstrom, we’re moving those guys around quite a bit. So we’re trying to find the right grouping and it’s a wide open battle. So, time will tell on that but they’re all doing a pretty good job. We’ve just got to get them in pads and more and more and more and more team run reps, more pass protection, more blitzes, all that stuff, and get our evaluations going.”
Matt Ioannidis is fighting a turf toe issue throughout camp.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 2, 2018
Gruden says it has slowed him down a bit, but to me as an observer, @MattIoannidis hasn't looked hampered at all. Having a really good #Redskins camp.
Gruden says Matt Ioannidis has been practicing despite having turf toe.... Calls him a "very hard-nosed player. Tenacious."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 2, 2018
Gruden says what is true during camp every year when asked what gives him optimism about this year: "there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic. Every NFL team should be optimistic right now."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 2, 2018
"One thing? Yeah, I mean there [are] a lot of reasons to be optimistic, you know this is training camp. I think every NFL team should be optimistic right now, I mean what the heck. But, I feel good about our quarterbacks, our running back room has a lot of depth, there’s a lot of talent, our receivers. We [have] a lot of different type of guys there, quick, fast, big, physical.
Tight end group is exciting, we got Vernon [Davis] still, [Jeremy] Sprinkle is emerging as a very good blocking tight end. [Matt] Flanagan is doing a lot of good things, obviously Manasseh’s [Garner] here, Jordan Reed when he gets back. Offensive line, once we our guys back, it’s a lot of good players there. A lot of good depth, defensive line we’re excited about without a doubt. Outside backers what can you say about [Ryan] Kerrigan, Preston [Smith], Petey [Pete Robertson] and Ryan Anderson, and the rest of the group. Inside linebackers, so there’s – we have a good group of players here. Defensive backs, don’t want to leave them out, otherwise Josh [Norman] will tweet about me. He’s doing good.
But yeah, there’s a lot to be optimistic about. Now, it’s just a matter of getting everything put together. And every team in the NFL has a lot of talent, as we do. Now it’s a matter of getting it all together and protecting the football and doing what we have to do to win games.”
Fan Appreciation Day Saturday:
"We're going to push it pretty hard on Saturday. Saturday is going to be a good day"— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 2, 2018
Pay attention #Redskins fans. If you're looking for a good day to come out and watch practices, this will be a good one.
Gruden says Saturday (fan day) will involve some more live periods for the two's and three's. They're going to get after it.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 2, 2018
”He missed yesterday with an injury - just kidding. He’s done great, he’s done great. I mentioned Pernell the other day and, you know, I talked about - I think his ability to move around the defensive front is - on third down. You know what I mean first-second down he’s going to be an outside linebacker. He’ll back up [Ryan] Kerrigan and Preston Smith. It gives much needed depth at that position. You know the 3-4 defense can’t function without four, at least four maybe five good outside linebackers. So, he’s one of them and then third down that’s where I think he’s going to make us say ‘hey’, he can play over the guard, he can play defensive end. A lot of good things, but he’s a great player and just gotta keep him healthy.”
Will the reserve role will keep McPhee healthy?
”Yeah maybe, maybe, but we’re going to expect a lot out of him so we’ll see how it goes. But, I like everything about what he’s brought to this football team so far and we just gotta make sure we have a good plan for him, especially on third down and hopefully we can get a good year out of him.”
Gruden hinting at how the #Redskins roster may end up looking when it's cut to 53;— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 2, 2018
"A good 3-4 defense can't function with at least four... maybe five good Outside Linebackers".
Derrius Guice/Redskins players & video games:
"Video games?! If I graded somebody down because of video games I probably wouldn't have a football team. This Fortnite thing is going crazy."— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 2, 2018
- Gruden on if he has any concerns about Guice & others with video games.
Gruden on the RBs and who will get the work: "it could change week to week. It's not a bad thing to have multiple guys get the ball; keep them fresh and healthy." They've rotated their backs with the 1's all camp.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 2, 2018
"Yeah, Paul is a guy that you just have to continue to watch on tape, you know, quarterbacks when they see him or even when he doesn’t get the ball there’s a lot of things that he does, when he doesn’t get the ball you say dang I could’ve thrown it to Paul [Richardson Jr.] here too. You know, he does a great job of getting open and he’s getting a great-better feel for what we’re trying to do, the angles and the routes. I’ve been very impressed with Paul, coming in here learning an entirely new system. Playing a position that you know is new to him with the terminology, different route cuts, lining him up a lot of different spots. I think he’s done a great job but he’s going to continue to get better. But, he’s the type of guy like I said that Alex [Smith] and Colt [McCoy] they’re going to have to just continue to watch him because he really can run.”
Jay Gruden channels Scot McCloughan in his thoughts on Brandon Scherff: "He's a football player."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 2, 2018
”Yeah, Brandon, he is great. You know, he is – there is nothing bad to say about the guy, he is a fun guy to be around. He is a very focused guy on his craft, you know what I mean? He works extremely hard. When he is here he is all in on football, you know, every drill, every period, it’s all about football, every meeting, there’s no nonsense about him. Off the field, after that, he’ll have his fun, he likes to hunt and all that stuff, but as far as being a football player, you know the term ‘football player,’ Brandon Scherff is definitely a ‘football player.”
The Redskins might give Rob Kelley or Samaje Perine a look at fullback here and there, just to see how it looks. "We'll have to wait and see on that. I haven't even told them yet, so don't tell them," Gruden said.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 2, 2018
Niles Paul (now with the Jaguars) filled that role last year
”Yeah, I don’t know yet. We’ll have to wait and see on that though. Wellman’s done a good job. You know, I’d like to run some fullback runs for our defense, so they’ll get used to seeing some of that stuff. So they can get themselves ready because we do play a lot of teams that have a fullback. And then, we have a lot of those regular runs, that we call regular, with the fullback that are very good. The play actions off of them are very good. So, like I said before, it’s just going to be a matter of how good he does on special teams and whether or not we want to carry that package on game day and if we do. But he’s done a great job. You know, he had a great insertion yesterday and shows great strength and power to hold, which is important. And he can catch. As far as Rob [Kelley] and Samaje [Perine], you know, that’s just kind of a maybe thing. You know, we’ll have to wait and see on that. I haven’t even told them yet, so don’t tell them yet.”
”Yeah, that is a great tribute to him and his work, you know, but, you know, when you have that type of speed and that type of length, you know, you try to find a spot for a guy with that type of athletic ability, and Quinton has done a good job with buying in and making the adjustment. Now, with the opportunity he has in front of him, it’s going to be up to him whether he, you know, takes the next step or whatever. But, I have total faith that Quinton can do a lot of great things, and you see him out here running and covering and getting more comfortable with the position but when I made the change with him, did I ever think – I had hopes he’s very good on special teams, that’s why I thought we had to keep him somewhere some shape or form, but I didn’t know if he’d be a starter this quick – competing for a starting job, so that is a great tribute to him and his work.”