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      by Published on 06-17-15 08:17 PM  Number of Views: 71 

      June 17, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On if he is starting to see the results he was seeking this offseason:
      “I am. I was just making mention of that today. Just looking at a lot of the players, they just look like they’re physically in better condition and that’s half the battle. At this time of year, you want to try to make sure that you strengthen your bodies obviously, get them in the best shape possible and obviously strengthen their minds in the meeting rooms. Then, you know, start to slowly implement your system and how you want to go about your business on the field, the habits that you want to start to create. We feel like great practice habits in the weight room will lead to great things and that’s what we’re all about.”

      On what pleases him most about the team’s offseason so far:
      “I think I feel best about what I just mentioned. I feel like the ...
      by Published on 06-16-15 07:51 PM  Number of Views: 66 

      June 16, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell and safety Dashon Goldson:
      “Coach Fewell brings great experience with him on his résumé. 1) He’s a great person – very loyal guy – and 2) he’s been productive where he’s been. He’s been in the division. He knows the division. He knows the opponents, knows the Giants, obviously. Great wealth of knowledge. Any time you have a guy with experience as a defensive coordinator… You know, we have a young defensive coordinator, you add a guy like Perry Fewell to help in that transition process, a guy that understands his role, understands football, it was a great addition for us. A lot of respect for him going against him the last couple years. He’s a great addition. And then of course Goldson, he’s an experienced guy. He’s tough. He had some great seasons at San Francisco, went to Tampa Bay, might have ...
      by Published on 06-15-15 08:24 AM  Number of Views: 118 

      For Immediate Release
      June 15, 2015


      Richmond training camp will feature 23 on-field sessions open to accommodate fans;
      Team will practice jointly with Houston Texans on Aug. 6-8

      RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins, in partnership with Bon Secours Virginia Health System, the City of Richmond and the Virginia Governor’s Office, announced their 2015 training camp schedule, set to take place at the world-class Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center from July 30 through Aug. 16 in Richmond, Va. The schedule features a total of 23 public on-field sessions available to fans, highlighted by joint practices with the Houston ...
      by Published on 06-11-15 02:48 PM  Number of Views: 76 

      Show me.

      Historians attribute Missouri’s ‘Show Me’ moniker to U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903. While a member of the U.S. House Committee on Naval Affairs, Vandiver attended an 1899 naval banquet in Philadelphia. In a speech there, he declared, "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.

      No, really…

      Show me.

      Myself? I come from a state that raised me on a winning football franchise, NFC East dominance, consistent smackdowns of ...
      by Published on 06-09-15 07:54 PM  Number of Views: 83 

      June 9, 2015

      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On wide receiver Jamison Crowder:
      “I really don’t want to make a comment… We’re aware of it. The NFL is aware of it. We’re just going to go from there.”

      On if he has talked with Crowder about it:
      “We’ve had conversations, yeah.”

      On if he addressed cornerback Chris Culliver’s comments from a couple years ago prior to free agency:
      “No, that was a couple years ago. He was on another team at that time, so that’s not an issue.”

      On linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and wide receiver DeSean Jackson:
      “Ryan Kerrigan is in the same situation as we were last time. He’s going to continue his rehab process. We’ll get him ready for training camp. DeSean Jackson – he had a personal matter to attend to today. He’ll be back tomorrow.”

      On tight end Jordan Reed and tackle Trent Williams:
      “Nothing new with Jordan Reed. Trent Williams, same thing.”

      On college programs running spread offenses and how it affects preparing a quarterback to play in the NFL:
      “When you’re a college football coach, you’re doing whatever you think is necessary to win. That’s what it’s all about. There’s a ...
      by Published on 05-26-15 08:01 PM  Number of Views: 108 

      May 26, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On what he learned from his first season:
      “I think you never stop learning as a coach. You know, you’re always going to learn something about your team, about yourself. The older you get, the more experience you get, so it was a learning experience last year. I think just knowing the players and the coaching staff around me, I have a better feel for what they can and can’t do and how we need to push their buttons a little bit more effectively to get more out of them. You have to battle, and coaching is getting the most out of your players and trying to figure out what buttons to push and I feel pretty good in that regard in Year 2.”

      On the progress of quarterback Robert Griffin III:
      “You know, today was his first day and last week – last couple weeks – we were throwing routes versus air. He’s doing fine. We’ll see how it goes. He’s just got to continue to put practice after practice together and show the consistency that we’re looking for.”

      On how Griffin has handled the offseason so far:
      “Robert’s got great work ethic, No. 1. That’s never been a question, you know? He works extremely hard. So I’m satisfied in that regard. He comes to work every ...
      by Published on 05-16-15 03:47 PM  Number of Views: 141 

      May 16, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On his impressions of the rookies so far:

      “I think part of the plan is to throw them some information and see how they can retain it, and then see how they can translate the information they receive on the field. It’s a challenge for a lot of them. I think, overall, they made good impressions on us, a lot of them did. It’s exciting to see. They’ve worked extremely hard. They’ve studied, and they go out there and practice with great urgency and tempo. So, I was impressed with a lot of them.”

      On Preston Smith’s length:

      “There’s no question. His length is what draws you to him initially, and then you watch him play, and he uses that leverage to his advantage. Especially in the run game, when people are at the point of attack, he does a great job of using that leverage to his advantage and then using that ...
      by Published on 05-02-15 08:56 PM  Number of Views: 239 

      For Immediate Release
      May 2, 2015


      Team adds seven players on Day 3

      LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins finalized their 2015 NFL Draft class on Saturday, selecting seven players to bring their 2015 draft class to 10 total players. The team’s 2015 draft class is as follows (pronunciation guide on final page):

      1 (5) OL Brandon Scherff Iowa
      2 (38) LB Preston Smith Mississippi State
      3 (95) 1 RB Matt Jones Florida
      4 (105) WR Jamison Crowder Duke
      4 (112) 2 OL Arie Kouandjio Alabama
      5 (141) LB Martrell Spaight Arkansas
      6 (181) 3 S Kyshoen Jarrett Virginia Tech
      6 (182) CB Tevin Mitchel Arkansas
      6 (187) 4 WR Evan Spencer Ohio State
      7 (222) C Austin Reiter South Florida

      1 From Seattle
      by Published on 05-02-15 08:54 PM  Number of Views: 150 

      May 2, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On what he liked about the players selected on Saturday:
      “We liked something different about all of them. Obviously, we got Jamison [Crowder] – we liked his big play ability. He can return punts, obviously. That’s obviously exciting. Very productive college football player, very tough, and he’s going to be an instant playmaker for us. So, that’s going to be a good one. [Arie] Kouandjio from Alabama, big, physical offensive guard. You talk about offensive line depth, you can never have too many big guys that can move the pile – powerful people. Knowing him and talking to him at the combine, he’s a very good person who works very, very hard. Very detailed in what he does, and he’ll be a good fit for us. Martrell [Spaight] the linebacker from Arkansas, very productive player. A one-year player who really did some things in college as a linebacker, physical linebacker. Makes a ton of plays. Very, very productive in the games that he played. Very exciting. He likes to hit, you can see that. He doesn’t back down from any contact. He’ll be a player to be reckoned with. I promise you that. Very tough player. And Kyshoen from Virginia Tech, the safety, similar type. A little bit undersized for a safety, he’s 5-foot-10 but when he brings it he brings it. He’s a tough guy. I think he’s going to be very good on special teams and he’s going to have to try to work his way into the lineup. But, very physical player, very productive player at Virginia Tech, and we like what we saw on tape. And we like his demeanor and the way he plays. Physically tough, makes up for not being 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-1 by his physical toughness and his ability to play special teams. And Tevin [Mitchel] at Arkansas, did a lot of work on Tevin. He had an excellent pro day, has excellent measurables, 6-foot tall. He was relegated mostly to playing nickel at Arkansas. But, I think with the measurables that he has, there is a role for him. He can run and did some good things at the nickel position. And Evan Spencer, ...
      by Published on 05-02-15 09:30 AM  Number of Views: 155 

      May 1, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      On linebacker Preston Smith:
      “Preston has great versatility. You know, he’s 6-5, 270 pounds, and he’s lined up all over the defensive front. He’s been a nose guard, he’s been a five-technique, he’s stood up, he can drop in coverage. You watch him at his Pro Day and at the combine, you see the athleticism that he has. We feel like he’s still a young kid, growing, and there’s still a lot we can build upon with his body frame with the way it is. Very long arms, he’s an explosive player, and there’s a lot of spots he can play.”

      On if Smith will line up at outside linebacker:
      “Well, in base defense, he’ll probably start out at outside linebacker. But there’s so much nickel nowadays that he can be a defensive end, he can stand up, he can be a three-technique. There’s a lot of different things he can do which makes him appealing to the eye, because like I said, he’s 6-foot-5, 270 [lbs.]. He’s got a lot of strength to hold the point of attack. He’s got the ability to rush the passer. Like I said, he’s long, he gets in passing lanes, and he can be disruptive that way.”

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