Jay Gruden spoke to the media before today's practice. The Redskins have two practices left in Richmond before training camp wraps up and the team shifts back to the team practice facilities.
Backup QB Josh Woodrum tore his pec and is out for the season. The Redskins will workout some QBs after practice and possibly sign one. Shaun Dion Hamilton suffered a chest injury and will be held out of practice for a few days.
Gruden mentioned some standouts like The People's Corner Jimmy Moreland from Thursday's game against the Browns. Gruden has been impressed with Geron Christian since his return, but says the offensive line can still improve.
Shaun Dion Hamilton:
Gruden said Shaun Dion Hamilton, who left Thursday's game with a chest injury, will probably sit out the next couple days. His status for the next preseason game is uncertain.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 10, 2019
"He came in there second quarter and put a couple back-to-back passes that were really nice out there. He had a couple of turnovers, which hurt him. The big thing is we’re trying to really get corrected is just everything – his fundamentals, protections and all that stuff which will come. But, for his first game I thought he handled the pressure, the noise, the cadence, the huddle, the tempo I thought was really good, so there is a lot to build on. Obviously, some correctable things with everybody on offense. We’ll just go back to work.”
"Yeah, Case I was impressed. He had a big third down scramble for first down, which was good. He kept the drive going against their one defense. We were first-and-10 at midfield and we had that unfortunate holding call which was or wasn’t a holding call. But, I thought he moved the ball pretty well; had a big third down-and-15 touchdown pass, saw the field, stepped up and threw a nice touchdown. Good things by Case as well.”
Gruden said he doesn't want to make any concessions in the quarterback battle at this point "It would be silly to"— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) August 10, 2019
Gruden said "he hopes somebody will take over" in the quarterback battle but so far everyone has impressed enough for it to be a three-way fight— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) August 10, 2019
Gruden on qbs: "There's a lot of ball left to be played. I don't want to jump to a conclusion yet."— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 10, 2019
on O line: "We can improve a lot, for sure"— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 10, 2019
Gruden on the left side of the o-line:— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 10, 2019
"We can do a lot better" which is the obvious quote, but he says he was generally impressed with Flowers at the new position, Christian coming back, etc. Martin also did some good thing, too.
"I think we can improve a lot for sure. I think [Ereck] Flowers for his first time at guard, I think he did some pretty good things. He got beat once in pass protection, but I think he showed his power on the inside, which is good. [Donald] Penn coming in here after being off for a lot of time. I think he competed and did some decent things.
Geron Christian Sr:
Gruden said he's been impressed with Geron Christian since he returned to the practice field and added there's upside there.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 10, 2019
"And then, [Geron] Christian for his first game action after his injury last year, obviously we expect a lot better from him, and he’ll give it to us. But I think it’s just getting in there the first time – he took a kick slide against Myles Garrett, that is not always easy. But I think I’ve been impressed with Geron since he’s come back from the practice field, and I really think there’s a lot of upside there. We’ve just got to continue to work with him and he’s going to have ups and downs. We just need to work on his fundamentals and technique, so if he does start at tackle or Penn, they’ll feel good about it.”
"Wes did some good things too. He had a nice pull there late in the game and protected pretty well and was good in the running game, so yeah, he was solid.”
"Yeah that’s tricky, but I feel good about all the receivers. They are where they are supposed to be. They all have a good skill set so whoever the quarterback is with whichever group the receivers are they should be successful. I feel good about our receivers all went into man-to-man and find holes through zones and the quarterbacks going through their progressions. All these receivers have done some good things out here as well.”
Defense vs 1st Browns drive:
"Yeah, they were no-huddle which we expected. They spread us out a little bit, we didn’t match some underneath routes very well, which we’ll get cleaned up. The touchdown pass, we just took a bad angle. In my opinion it should have been a pick, but unfortunately [Baker Mayfield] got it over, threw a perfect ball right over [Troy] Apke’s head. I’d like to see better pass rush, obviously tighter coverage, but after that I think we settled down. [Jimmy] Moreland made a couple big plays, and [Cole] Holcomb played really well and [Ryan] Bee played really well on the inside. So there were some guys we got a chance to look at and who performed nicely.”
Jay Gruden didn’t expect to see Robert Davis back this soon. He thought he’d open camp on PUP— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 10, 2019
It was good to see Robert, man. He’s gone through a lot. He’s busted his tail to get back on the field. We didn’t really fully expect him this soon. We thought he might be a PUP candidate, but he worked his tail off to get himself ready to go and glad to see he got some opportunities. Got a big PI call there early and then scored a touchdown. I still think he’s fighting through a little bit of rust and the kinks, but there’s a lot to like there.”
Davis’ route running:
”The first one – the PI was a good route. Yeah, he stemmed the corner, stuck him and ran the post route behind the safety and Case threw a perfect ball. The guy just pulled his arm and otherwise it would have been a big completion. The other one was just a go ball and they blew the coverage.”
Gruden goes out of his way to praise CB Jimmy Moreland, LB Cole Holcomb and DL Ryan Bee for their performances in the preseason opener.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 10, 2019
Gruden confirms Josh Woodrum is injured. He tore his pec.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 10, 2019
They're working out QB's after practice and could sign someone to take some snaps Thursday. If not, they go with three into Thursday.