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Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: “Right now on the depth chart, Ereck Flowers is the left guard”

Jay Gruden answers questions after today’s practice

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Jay Gruden spoke to the media today to talk about the team’s final preseason game against the Ravens on Thursday night. Josh Doctson will not play on Thursday, and Gruden wouldn’t confirm anything about his roster status amid more trade rumors. Fabian Moreau didn’t need surgery, and Gruden is hopeful that he is available Week 1 against the Eagles. Ereck Flowers is on top of the depth chart at left guard right now, but rookie Wes Martin will get plenty of opportunities. And there are no updates on Jordan Reed as he remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol following a cheap shot from Falcons safety Keanu Neal last Thursday.

Fabian Moreau:

Ereck Flowers:

Josh Doctson:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

“Yeah for sure, I think every rep is a necessary rep for him and he’s doing a good job continuing to grow but just getting in the huddle, communicating the offense in the huddle, snap count, all that stuff is very important for a quarterback. Not just worrying about what you have to do, but you also have to relay the message to 10 other guys in a positive way, so he’s getting better at that. The more he sees, even in the running game, even if he goes in the game and hands it off 10 straight plays, just to handle the footwork and the run-checks that we have is going to be very important for him to see. Then hopefully when he goes back to pass, he goes continues with his progressions and makes accurate throws. I love his progression. I love where he is at, but I think this is a great opportunity for him to get some more meaningful game reps.”

Robert Davis:

“Same. Everything, just continue to get better. He’s got to just continue to prove that he can play game-in and game-out. That injury he had was a serious one and I applaud the way he’s come back from that thing and worked his tail off to get ready. Now we just have to see him put another game together on the field with some speed, some toughness, special teams, all that, very important for him.”

Steven Sims Jr.:

“I think when you watch Steven out here in practice and some of the games, I think when he has to ball in his hands, he’s a very exciting player, electric. He’s got the speed and quickness to separate and with him as well, coming in here a rookie free agent from Kansas coming in here and learning this offense, he’s still got a ways to go as far as getting himself ready to play. But we love the prospect of him with the ball in his hands.”

Will he look to feature Sims Jr. more in the final preseason game?:

”I think so, I think all these guys that are playing are playing for a reason. We need to see more from them. They wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think they had a legitimate chance to make this football team. Whatever position you are, if you’re out there playing and I know Baltimore has great depth and they’re going to come and they have a heck of a football team. They’re past their first group, so it’s going to be a great challenge for them to show that they can compete with these guys.”

Keeping players that can help now vs guys with potential:

“I think there’s a fine line. I mean, now is obviously critical. We’ve got to put our best team, best 46 guys to beat Philadelphia, period. That’s what we are trying to do. But if its close between a guy and the future looks very bright for a young player then sometimes you air on the side of the youth. We’ll have to make that determination. We’re never going to cut a guy that’s a better player than a young guy with potential. Potential gets you cut. It gets you beat. So we’ve got to play guys that are good now, that perform well consistently and make that determination in-house.”

Jordan Reed:

“I haven’t heard. Next time I hear is when he’ll get back to meetings and all that stuff. But right now, he’s still working through it.”