One problem the Burgundy and Gold have encountered in recent years is Reed and Davis don’t help much as blockers, while Sprinkle won’t worry a defense with his hands. Taking Hockenson at pick No. 15 would mean Gruden could finally have a guy who excels in both areas.
For one, he’ll work to help the team improve its clock management. It’s a project he’s already starting working on, studying two-minute drills from around the league and gearing up for any situation that may arise over the course of the season. Having coached in the NFL for 35 years, he knows there’s no such thing as too much preparation.
The addition of Horton and Ryan came shortly after the Redskins reportedly met with defensive coordinator candidates such as Gregg Williams, Todd Bowles and Steve Wilks -- all of whom were fired as head coaches at the end of last season. The conversations took place in early January, but after about two weeks the Redskins decided to keep Manusky in his current role.
“Just coming back and being able to produce and help this team win a championship,” Peterson said when asked about his focus for the upcoming season. “Be a great leader, not only by how I work but vocally as well. Just come in and have a way better season than I had last year when it comes to contributing and helping that run game be dominant, especially with me and Guice and [Thompson] in the backfield. We should be able to do some amazing things.”