Jay Gruden spoke to the media before today's practice. He downplayed the depth chart that he is forced to put out for the media. Injury updates: Montez Sweat is being held out of practice again with a sore calf. Ereck Flowers is doing fine?
Jay Gruden at the podium. On the depth chart: "I was forced to make it. ... That's for the media and for me to come up and answer these questions. ... It means nothing at this point."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 5, 2019
Gruden time. The depth chart. Said he was forced to make one. "Names on a piece of paper in an order that means nothing at this point."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 5, 2019
Gruden makes clear the preseason depth chart doesn’t mean much. Requirement for preseason games.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 5, 2019
Day 10. Jay Gruden to the podium.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 5, 2019
First question is about the QB's. He says there's no such thing as too many reps for the QB's, but the problem is you wear everyone else down if you run practice forever.
Gruden said the three quarterbacks in the battle have all had their good moments in camp. "Hopefully cream will rise to the top."— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) August 5, 2019
"I don’t think we ever can give a quarterback too many reps, it’s never enough in my opinion for the quarterback. However, you’ll wear everybody else down if you practice for as long as I want to practice. Definitely need more reps. We’ve got to continue to get more reps. We have some more time, but the more reps we can get them, the better and then we’ll just have to decide come game time in the pr-season who gets what and when.”
"Yeah I think – well Donald just got here too. But he’s been in the league. It’s been good for him. He’s working his way back into football shape and learning our terminology. Obviously Wes is brand new as a rookie, but he’s a bright guy with a lot of talent. It’s a good group. The big thing is getting Geron [Christian Sr.] a lot of reps in the pre-season, see where he is after his injury. It’s going to be a big look for us. Timon [Paris] has done some good things at right tackle; [Ereck] Flowers will try to get some work at guard in the pre-season, we’ll see where he’s at there. Mixing and matching these guys until we find out the right combination for Philadelphia is what we’re hopefully going to find out in the preseason.”
Paul Richardson Jr.:
Gruden on Paul Richardson: "Yesterday was probably his best day in terms of how he ran." He says he can create a major impact for the Redskins.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 5, 2019
Gruden said Richardson really impressed yesterday even though he didn't get the ball a ton. He looked way better running, meaning the QB's need to give him a little longer look.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 5, 2019
Gruden on Paul Richardson: "Yesterday was the best day seeing him run... He can be a major force for us." Said it's important for the other QBs to see that speed on film.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 5, 2019
Gruden says Ryan Anderson is in better shape this year than he was last few seasons. “His motor should be able to run hot for a longer period of time.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 5, 2019
"Yeah, I think Ryan’s done a good job, man. He’s in the weight room with his weight, working hard. He’s a hard-playing guy, and that’s his strength. His strength is his effort. In order to play with great effort on a consistent basis, you have to be in great shape. I think he’s gotten himself into better shape this year. Which is, for his style of play, physical, hustling, tough mentality, you’ve got to be in great shape. I think he’s put himself in a position with Chad [Englehart] in the weight room and the training staff, where his motor should be able to run hot for a longer period of time.”
Gruden on Flowers:— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 5, 2019
"Ereck's done fine. It's new to him...when you play guard you have to adjust a lot and go from here to here to here in the snap of a hat."
Gruden said Flowers adjusting to all the nuances of playing G; have to be really quick to recognize movement and different things, different protections.. "He has the size and power you want at guard; now it's a matter of getting him comfortable from a mental standpoint."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 5, 2019
Gruden on the ambition and maturity of the #Redskins defense.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 5, 2019
"If you're not working hard, they're not going to allow you on that defense."
Message to rookies before the game: "What you put on tape is who you are. Play hard."— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 5, 2019
Greg Stroman won't practice today; dealing with mild groin issue. Montez Sweat still not ready; Gruden says he's close..— John Keim (@john_keim) August 5, 2019
Sweat won't practice today with a sore calf, but Gruden said the linebacker is close to returning.— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) August 5, 2019
Gruden says Adrian Peterson has a minor ankle injury and might miss a second straight day of practice. Doesn’t sound like a big deal.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 5, 2019
Gruden on injury prevention:— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 5, 2019
"We're 7-9 the last two years. We need the work. The only way to get better is to put the pads on and practice. The only way to get better at football is practicing football."