Gruden said his goal was to get the #1 offense off the field after 3-4 drives. #Redskins— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 25, 2018
Jay Gruden: “My whole intent is to get our starting group to Arizona healthy...” #Redskins— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 25, 2018
Gruden said he was impressed with Adrian Peterson, particularly in the way he turned one yard gains into three— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 25, 2018
Jay Gruden said “we’ll see” if Adrian Peterson plays Thursday against #Ravens. Thinks Samaje Perine (ankle) will be ready for that one and they need to get a look at other backs.— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 25, 2018
Gruden: “(Smith) probably has some plays he wants back.”— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 25, 2018
He says his goal was to get the starting unit healthy to Arizona. That’s it and that’s all.
Adrian Peterson Presser
AP: “We have 2 1/2 weeks til the opener and feeling like I do tonight, I’m excited.” #Redskins— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 25, 2018
AP or AD:
Good question from @JDonaldsonNBCS to Adrian Peterson - what is the right nickname - AP or AD? He said he’s 50/50, cool with either one.— ig: JPFinlayNBCS (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 25, 2018
Peterson says he catches Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs just kinda looking st him at times. Says it’s inspiring to be around guys that looked up to him— ig: JPFinlayNBCS (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 25, 2018
”Yes. Definitely. This week, its kind of been, you know, having [Robert] Kelley, and [Kapri] Bibbs, those guys kind of talking and I kind of catch them looking at me sometimes you know. And it’s like, hearing some of the stories about who these guys were in high school and in college and how they watch film and highlights of me. That’s why I play the game today, to inspire the young kids. They know me by my game but the adversity and the things we go through, just being strong. To be here and actually have those guys around, those guys that looked up to me, and be able to mentor those guys is a blessing. Everything comes around full circle.
4th down conversion:
Peterson went into great detail about his final carry, the 4th down conversion. Had a two way go. Chose outside.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 25, 2018
Asked him as he came off what the playcall was. Outside zone...so the talk about him being a man running scheme guy? Killed that zone carry.
”I remember in the huddle, when Alex [Smith] called the play. I was like, ‘Dang you know. Normally I like the lead play just to kind of cram it in there to get the first down.’ But then, I was like, ‘You know what? I’m sure they’re going to stack players to the inside, A gaps and B gaps, trying to take it away. So when he called the play, I just kind of got it into my mind that I was to be patient and watch and see how the play developed. I actually had a two-way go. I could have took it into the C-gap and I almost did. The outside was wide open so I just kind of turned on the speed a little bit.
Got around and tried to make a big play out of it. I got to the sideline and Trent embraced me. And I was like, ‘Man, I should have crossed field.’ And he was like, ‘No, you did good. You did good.’ But I’m always thinking that way. I’m going to the sideline, I’m asking the guys ‘Hey, what do you guys think I could have did better,’ this, that and the other. And I do the same thing for those guys, you know, make sure you come ask me. I’m also going to those guys and telling them what I think they could have done better as well.”
Adrian Peterson: “So many years, I’ve begged to play in the preseason and was shut down. So, they didn’t have to beg me to play to all.” #Redskins— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) August 25, 2018
Alex Smith Presser
Alex Smith saw some good and he saw some bad last night.— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 25, 2018
But the QB isn't panicking. At all. pic.twitter.com/HnpunSy73K
Alex Smith on his performance: “Not where it needed to be.” #Redskins— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 25, 2018
”Not where it needed to be. I would love to have come back and any time you rip off a seven-yard run on the first play, you’re rolling and then all of a sudden you take a sack, put us at third-and-long and start the game with two three-and-outs. It’s tough to get into a rhythm when you do that. We were able to get a little bit going there those last couple drives. Got some good situational work, got a bunch of third downs that we’ll be able to learn from. Two fourth downs, we were able to convert on one.
So there’ll be some stuff for us to look at and I think get better at. You expect to go out and execute. I get that we’re not full-strength, we’re not showing everything, but at the same time, you want to go out there and play your best. So, we’ll learn from it and get better.”
Smith: “The one highlight was us running the football tonight.”— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 25, 2018
He was not happy with his performance, obviously. Lots of opportunities. Lots to learn from. Bad day.
AS approved of AP's debut ✅ pic.twitter.com/8ZkI8yBzT5— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 25, 2018
”I thought he did a really nice job -- tall order. The guy just got here, got up to speed fast and all of a sudden he’s getting a bunch of touches in a football game, so I thought he did a great job. Like I said, getting up to speed mentally, knowing what we’re doing – and then I thought going out there and just playing – still looks pretty strong and explosive. I thought it was good to get in a rhythm to see what he can still do.”
”Yeah the one highlight for us probably in the first half was us being able to run the football a little bit. Itwas nice to get into a rhythm. I thought the guys up front – get those five guys back [offensive line] togetherfor the first time – I thought they played great and really set the tone for us, getting us going. So yeah, it wasgood to see.”
Smith acknowledged winning tonight would feel better, but he doesn’t feel like they’re off track from the goal: be ready for September 9th.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 25, 2018
Comfort with wide receivers:
”I feel like it’s something that never ends, the work with wide outs, the perimeter and the entire route. Whether it be tight ends, running backs, quarterbacks, it’s something that never ends. You’re constantly working. You’re constantly trying to get better. There’s no place you get to where you’re like all of a sudden, ‘Hey we’re good now, we don’t need to work anymore.’ That’s just not the way it is. We have a group that works really hard. We’ve put in a lot of work together and that’s what it takes, it takes reps, it takes timing.
Like I said, it just never ends, you continuously strive and can work at it. We’ve got a group that does that. They put in the work, they put in the time the attention to detail and like I said it doesn’t stop. Next week it won’t stop and in season you just continuously work on it and try to fine tune.”
Jonathan Allen: “Only positive I take away is it’s the preseason is where it doesn’t count. Just have to learn and have to build from it. We definitely didn’t practice up to our standard the last couple days and it kind of showed out there." #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 25, 2018
Allen continued: "It was a good wake-up call. ... It keeps us on our toes. Having success is a double-edged sword. You want it, but at the same time it dulls your blade a little bit. ... We looked terrible out there today, especially the starting defense.” #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 25, 2018