Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden and new Special Teams Coordinator Nate Kaczor spoke to the media following today's OTAs practice. This is the team's last practice open to the media before the start of training camp in late July. Gruden talked about several players and gave some injury updates.
WATCH LIVE: HC Jay Gruden and Nate Kaczor speak to the media after Day 8 of OTAs https://t.co/LOKhQmXAbM— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 11, 2019
Gruden says Troy Apke is doing well. Taking advantage of extra reps w Collins not doing as much coming back from shoulder injury— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Gruden said Montae Nicholson was having a good year in 2018 before the trade for Clinton Dix.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Gruden on Geron Christian - He’s on pace to be ready for training camp. Adds “he did blow his knee out last year”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Jay Gruden at the podium after OTA’s. He says that Geron Christian is on schedule and they were never planning on having him this off-season.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) June 11, 2019
They thought the best thing for him was for his work to come in the weight room.
Gruden says Redskins are still committed to trying Ereck Flowers at guard. Injuries forced the team to play him at tackle this spring— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Break before camp:
Gruden said staying in shape is the most important thing he wants from the guys during the break before camp.— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) June 11, 2019
Gruden says he’s been really impressed with the Redskins rookie class. All players came in great physical shape— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Gruden says they threw a lot at Haskins this spring, but they wanted to give him an understanding of what training camp will be like.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) June 11, 2019
Jay emphasizes that Haskins has a long way to go, but he’s happy with where the rookie is at.
Gruden hopes Haskins will be more natural when calling plays in training camp. Haskins is still getting used the verbiage on the NFL level.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) June 11, 2019
“A long way to go, but I like where he is at.” — Jay Gruden on Dwayne Haskins, who had a handful of impressive throws during today’s OTA. Below is Gruden’s entire response to my question about Haskins using the time between now and camp to his advantage. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/kEb08mkOc1— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) June 11, 2019
Gruden praising the defense and said he’s been “really, really, really impressed with Fabian Moreau”— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) June 11, 2019
Shaun Dion Hamilton:
Gruden says Shaun Dion Hamilton and Fabian Moreau are the two most improved players here.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) June 11, 2019
I asked Gruden how big of a concern it would be if Trent Williams isn’t with the team when training camp opens. Coach said he expects all his players to be there and it’s too early to worry about “ifs.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Gruden says he “cant promise” that Josh Doctson is going to get a ton of opportunities considering the other talent on the offense. Doctson will get his chances.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
Derrius Guice/Bryce Love:
Gruden expects Guice for camp, not sure about Bryce Love. #redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) June 11, 2019
Gruden says Samaje Perine has done an excellent job this spring and one of the team’s top offensive performers— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 11, 2019
ST Coordinator Nate Kaczor
Special Teams coach Nate Kazcor at the podium. He says the top 3 traits for a special teams player are:— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) June 11, 2019
Says Terry McLaurin is the epitome of those three things.