Jay Gruden stepped up to the podium as the Redskins prepare to have their last training camp practice before Thursday's preseason opener against the Browns in Cleveland. Gruden knows who the starter will be, but said 3 QBs will play including 1st round rookie Dwayne Haskins. Colt McCoy is fine after being held out of the end of practice to get treatment for his foot. It looks like we will have to wait another week to see rookie OLB Montez Sweat in action. Derrius Guice could also only see limited action during the preseason.
QBs vs the Browns:
Jay Gruden says he's made a decision on how to rotate the quarterbacks against the Browns, but will let everyone know after practice. Said 3 QBs will play. (There are 4 on the roster)— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 6, 2019
Day 11 for the #Redskins. Jay Gruden to the podium.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 6, 2019
Colt McCoy is fine and will participate today. He says they've decided on the QB's but won't say what they're gonna do until everyone makes it through practice clean.
Gruden said McCoy has looked good at times but "has been up an down" a little bit. Pretty much sums up all 3 QBs.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 6, 2019
Gruden on Haskins possibly playing on Thursday night: "He's got to play sometime." Presumably, Haskins will be one of those three quarterbacks he plans to play that night. One of the team's four will sit— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) August 6, 2019
"We’ll see how he does in a game. It will be kind of cool to see him in a game. We’ll see how he does. We’ll see how he’s taken what he’s done on the practice field to see how it transitions into a real game situation. And how he handles the huddles and cadence, anticipation, accuracy – all that good stuff.”
"Yeah, I think these preseason games are very important for a guy like that. I think he’s shown flashes of being a really, really good slot receiver. He has excellent hands. He was very, very productive at Duke. He knows how to run routes, set up guys. We’ll see how he shows up in a game.”
Gruden says Guice is a TBD for Thursday.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 6, 2019
I can tell you he's preparing to play, but Gruden says it's their decision.
Gruden said he's not sure yet whether RB Derrius Guice will play Thursday. Might limit him in game action for a couple weeks.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 6, 2019
“I think he’s preparing himself, whether he plays in this game or not will still be determined. We could wait another week or two for him but he’s ready to go. He’s explosive, done some really good things so far and I think we still could be a little bit more patient with him but he looks great right now.”
"Yeah, right now if we started it’d probably be Fabian [Moreau], but still Jimmy [Moreland]’s done some great things in there. Of course, we got [Greg] Stroman who can still play in there. So, there is competition in there for sure.”
Gruden said Sweat, Peterson and Stroman will probably not practice today and is unsure if any of them will travel to Cleveland. "I haven't made that decision yet...WE haven't made that decision yet."— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) August 6, 2019
Gruden says today will be a heavy situational practice. They'll actually work a ton on substitutions, especially on special teams.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 6, 2019
With 90 guys, it's hell on special teams coaches to get all their units right. They wanna make sure things run as smoothly as possible in Cleveland.
”Yeah, I think he’s a veteran, yes, but I still think he needs to play a lot. He played a little bit early for the Raiders last year. But just getting back into the groove. You’ve got to get back into football shape, work on his pass sets going back to left tackle, getting used to out terminology, cadence, all that. I think this will be a good game for him to just get back into the flow and get used to the way we talk [about] things, listen to our language and go from there. So far he’s progressed along pretty good.”
Gruden was asked (jokingly) if Trent Williams will be at the game in Cleveland. Gruden laughed and said: "He's starting."— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) August 6, 2019