Jay Gruden was at the podium answering questions after today’s practice at Redskins Park. Dwayne Haskins will start Thursday’s game against the Ravens, and Gruden plans to play his starting OL while Haskins is in. Donald Penn is likely the starting LT for the season. Gruden is confident that Jordan Reed will be fine after entering the concussion protocol following a dirty helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons safety Keanu Neal last Thursday. Gruden is also confident that the Redskins will not trade holdout LT Trent Williams.
WATCH LIVE: HC Jay Gruden speaks to the media https://t.co/VHl3Gj8vrK— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 26, 2019
Gruden at the podium. Entering the fourth preseason game, Gruden says Dwayne Haskins will start Thursday vs the Ravens— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 26, 2019
Jay Gruden time.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 26, 2019
While the starters won't play generally, look for OL regulars out there Thursday with Dwayne Haskins starting.
He says Special Teams will be big focus Thursday since looking for guys fighting to make the team.— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 26, 2019
Jay Gruden to the podium. Says they’re looking at every position group because there’s always something to look at, including practice squad.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 26, 2019
Says they haven’t really looked yet. They have to let the full preseason play out first.
Jay Gruden says Redskins are “quite confident” that Jordan Reed will be fine but the coach likes the depth at tight end with JP Holtz.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 26, 2019
Gruden says he's "quite confident" Jordan Reed plays Week 1. Still in concussion protocol.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 26, 2019
“Yeah, we have to without a doubt. J.P. [Holtz]’s done a good job, he’s very versatile in what he can do. [Matt] Flannigan has been a good tight end for us, he’s emerging and getting stronger, and stronger. But you still have ‘Sprink’s’ [Jeremy Sprinkle] experience and Vernon Davis which is good. But we’re quite confident that Jordan will be fine.”
“Yeah, you can’t really evaluate him. You have to wait for number one; you have to find out when he’s going to be healthy. That’s the first boxed checked, is he healthy? If not, it’s an easy decision. If he is, then we have to talk about what we are going to do with him.”
“Well right now, Donald Penn is probably our starting left tackle right now. [Geron] Christian is very good because he’s a versatile guy who can play left and right, you have [Ereck] Flowers who can play a little bit of left as well. Timon Parris has played right tackle; he’s done some good things. We have some versatility there.”
Gruden says Donald Penn is probably the starting left tackle: “We have some flexibility there.”— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 26, 2019
“Yeah, he’s an older guy, but his legs are starting to get under him right now. He’s in decent shape for an old ugly body guy. But he’s done a pretty good job. He’s seen a lot of football, played a lot of football; he knows how to set on these guys. He’s not quite where he was when he was 22 years old, but he’s still a very functional left tackle in the NFL.”
Adrian Peterson off today. He's a veteran, basically.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 26, 2019
Jay Gruden says “very possible” that 2019 will be a redshirt year for rookie RB Bryce Love. On PUP list now and that doesn’t seem like it’s changing anytime soon.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 26, 2019
“Yeah, I think probably, but he can also play outside. He’s proven he can play outside too. He’s a good football player. You can talk about his size all you want to, but at the end of the day he’s proven to be one of our most physical defensive backs. He plays the run very well. Very good tackler, very physical tacklers, forced two fumbles already. We’ve just got to get him the reps. He’s young.”
“Yeah, I think he played to his size. He’s a physical player. He won on a bump-and-run slant which was very good. He’s been winning on routes down the field and he’s good in the running game. So, I think he’s proven great versatility for us. He’s got speed to get you deep and he can be physical to run the rough in-breaking routes that you’re looking for when you’re looking for that size of a player. He’s just got to continue to get the reps. He didn’t get much last year; he got hurt early and this year, he’s been through OTAs and training camp now and you can see him getting better and better. He’s still a working progress, but I like where he’s headed.”
Gruden says he still feels very strongly that the #Redskins will not trade Trent Williams.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 26, 2019
Jay Gruden asked for the first time in a bit about Trent Williams and a trade possibility. Still believe you won’t trade him? “Yes. I still feel that way. Very strongly.” This answer was said with the world weariness of a person about to undergo dental surgery. #Redskins— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 26, 2019