Jay Gruden answered questions before the start of Day 4 of training camp practices this morning. The redskins will have off tomorrow. Colt McCoy is on a restricted practice schedule that won't allow him to practice 4 days in a row, which is why he was held out yesterday.
No updates from Gruden on Trent Williams. Nothing on the potential Donald Penn signing except that he has left Richmond. John Keim notes that he was told last night a signing is still possible.
Donald Penn/Trent Williams:
Nothing new on Trent Williams or Donald Penn... Penn no longer in Richmond, (but was told Saturday night there is still a chance for a deal).— John Keim (@john_keim) July 28, 2019
”Yeah he had a successful surgery. That’s all I know. Then he’s wearing something for his foot a little bit, but he’s walking around great – great energy – he’s helping out in drills here and there, sitting in meetings. He’s still a big part of this football team he’s just going to have to rehab and it’s going to be a long road for him, but he’s the type of guy that will put the work in.”
Jay Gruden at the podium. He says the first four days of camp have been productive as they've been able to install their offense and defense.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 28, 2019
Jay Gruden asked about the benefits of being in Richmond vs at home in Ashburn— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 28, 2019
"None, really. It's football."
Says the meetings, practices, etc are the same whether you're in a parking lot, on a field, in Richmond or in California.
Jay Gruden on the quarterbacks through three days of practices: "Make sure they protect themselves, we've had a couple of big protection errors."— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) July 28, 2019
Gruden assessing the QBs: They're coming along. They've made mistakes, they've made good plays. Said the biggest thing is figuring out pass protections and protecting themselves. #SkinsCamp— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) July 28, 2019
Gruden on Alex Smith being around the quarterbacks at this camp: "He's just a calming influence on them...a great presence in the quarterback room."— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) July 28, 2019
Gruden says Smith has been in every quarterback meeting so far.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 28, 2019
The plan for McCoy is to not work four days in a row. So he was off yesterday.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 28, 2019
They have an off-day tomorrow so he'll be able to be in most of the week starting Tuesday, too.
Teaching veteran QB Case Keenum:
”Well, he’s got his own style, that’s for sure. There’s not a lot you can do to change a quarterback’s style this late in his career, but there are some fundamental things that we can work on as far as what we try to do with footwork and timing, anticipation, reads – all that stuff. So, we do have some things we have to clean up for what we do, but for the most part, when it’s all said and done and the ball’s snapped, there are parts of his game that he’s comfortable with doing and he probably won’t change, and some of them are very good.”
Geron Christian Sr./Chase Roullier:
Jay Gruden said they're getting Geron Christian (knee) and Chase Roullier (shoulder) ready to go for Tuesday.— John Keim (@john_keim) July 28, 2019
Gruden on Fabian Moreau: "He's got great speed and he knows it. ... He's doing great. ... The secondary is starting to shape up."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 28, 2019
Gruden describes rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb as a guy with “sideline to sideline speed with great instincts.”— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) July 28, 2019
Mentions he’s the last guy in the film room every night.
Scouting LB Cole Holcomb before the draft:
”We all had Cole Holcomb. He probably had a little bit lower grade than I would like to have seen, but the guy can run. His pro day he ran a 4.47 [seconds], and at the end of the day, when you’re trying to get linebackers, we’re trying to improve the speed of our football team. He had over 100 tackle three years in a row at North Carolina and watching him on tape, I thought he ran sideline-to-sideline, he had great instincts, played smart, finished tackles, I thought was a very good player. And he’s proven us right so far, but we still have to get in the game and see him tackle. The same thing I mentioned with [Jimmy] Moreland yesterday, they’re doing great in thud periods and all that stuff. But when it comes down to it, it’s all about tackling for these defensive players. We’ve got to make sure he can tackle. He’s a great kid, very smart, very diligent, he’s up early studying, stays late studying, he’s going to be a good player for us.”
Scouting strategy and how that impacted him watching tape on Holcomb :
”I was watching North Carolina defense. They had a defensive end and outside linebacker, I was watching as well as Holcomb. I ended up watching about and eight or nine games on him and was very impressed with the way he played.”
Linebacker battle between Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson:
”I think when you’re talking about outside linebacker and defensive line I think the rotation’s going to be big for us; we have to stay fresh. Ryan Anderson is doing a great job. He can set the edge and he’s getting much better in his pass rush, you can see he’s worked on it. He’s picked up a little bit of speed it looks like – lost a few pounds – but he’s done well. And then Montez is a freak. But to keep those guys fresh with [Ryan] Kerrigan and Cassanova McKinzy, they’re doing a good job; he’s doing a good job. And Brailford’s not here but he had a great promising OTA session. Once he get’s back from injury, he’s in the mix as well. As well as [Marcus] Smith [II], he’s doing a good job too. All these outside linebackers – that’s another interesting position battle to watch. Special teams will come down to it, but when you’re talking about game day, it’s going to be important to keep these guys fresh because we’ve got to get after the quarterback and stop the run obviously.”
When talking about the defensive line and the outside linebackers, Gruden said rotating will be key to keep players fresh. #SkinsCamp— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) July 28, 2019
Gruden says Redskins might have a live hitting period in practice next week. Something to watch for.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) July 28, 2019
Gruden mentioned tackling as an (obviously) huge part of evaluating their young defenders, but they're not tackling here so I asked him how they evaluate that.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) July 28, 2019
He says they'll have a live period or two here pretty soon. Obviously preseason games, too.
Gruden: Trey Quinn's got the inside spot (slot) pretty much locked down. #Redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 28, 2019
Gruden said Trey Quinn has the slot spot locked down. Zero surprise considering uncertainty over who would be next. A few guys will get reps there, including UDFA Steven Sims. Cam Sims said he's worked there too; he's learning all 3 spots. Kidzy working inside too.— John Keim (@john_keim) July 28, 2019
Gruden said Jordan Brailford, on PUP, is still 'a couple weeks out' maybe... team was upbeat about what he showed during OTAs.— John Keim (@john_keim) July 28, 2019