Jay Gruden answered questions this morning bfoe the Redskins take the field for Day 2 of training camp. He was asked about reports that the team will work out LT Donald Penn. Gruden said the team needs to sign a tackle with Trent Williams holding out, and Geron Christian Sr. being held out of practice.
He also said Chase Roullier will be held out of practice after looking like he needed more time during his conditioning test on Wednesday.
Gruden talked about Landon Collins, and the idea that he is simply a box safety. He praised the rookie WRs, and discussed what CB Jimmy Moreland needs to do get playing time. Gruden also made it clear that he doesn't feel pressure to start Dwayne Haskins Week 1, and the QB competition is on.
Jay Gruden at the podium. The Redskins are going to hold out Chase Roullier through the weekend as they nurse him back from offseason surgery.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 26, 2019
Jay Gruden says Chase Roullier should be practicing next week. Decided to hold him out further after conditioning tests. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 26, 2019
Geron Christian Sr.:
Same with Geron Christian, decided to hold him out after conditioning tests. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 26, 2019
Gruden: Donald Penn came in last night. Will test him in a workout today. They're short on tackles with no Williams or Christian. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 26, 2019
Asked about bringing in a veteran tackle to play the Ty Nsekhe role, Jay Gruden said “I hope so.” Adds that much will depend on Geron Christian’s health and development— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) July 26, 2019
Even if the Redskins don't sign Donald Penn today Gruden does anticipate the team signing a veteran tackle in camp.— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) July 26, 2019
Gruden on Collins being a box safety: "I don't think that label is necessarily true." He says they put Collins at the post on a few reps yesterday and he did a good job— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 26, 2019
Gruden asked about Landon Collins says he was impressed with what he did yesterday in the post.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 26, 2019
They love him in the box, but if he can show that kind of range they might use him more over the top.
Gruden says the biggest thing with Jimmy Moreland is his proving his physicality. "If you can't tackle, you can't play."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 26, 2019
Gruden says he doesn't feel any pressure to play Dwayne Haskins Week 1. He wants the quarterback who is most consistent.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 26, 2019
Gruden said he does not feel pressure to get Dwayne Haskins ready for Week 1. Says he likes what he's seen from the group in terms of how they're competing.— John Keim (@john_keim) July 26, 2019
“When Brandon Graham has your snap count, it’s not pretty” https://t.co/DKNsg6f9f2— Hogs Haven (@HogsHaven) July 26, 2019
Shaun Dion-Hamilton/Jon Bostic:
Gruden says that Bostic and SDH are going to switch calling signals, so it's not a lock that it'll stay the way it was yesterday.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 26, 2019
He says the difference in Mike and Mo (the two ILB spots) is really just calling the defense. "Assignment and alignment" stuff.
Terry McLaurin/Kelvin Harmon:
Gruden mentioned the blocking ability of the rookie WRs (McLaurin/Harmon). One thing i noticed yesterday: Both would get excellent positioning with feet/hands to maintain leverage. No pads, so take FWIW. But looked good.— John Keim (@john_keim) July 26, 2019