October 21, 2017

Head Coach Jay Gruden

On injuries:
“Out will be Ty Nsekhe, core muscle; [Tyler] Catalina will be out with his concussion, and [Josh] Norman will be out with his rib. Questionable will be Trent Williams. Questionable will be Bashaud Breeland, Deshazor Everett, Rob Kelley, ankle; [Stefan] McClure, knee; and Mason Foster, shoulder.”

On if there was a setback with CB Josh Norman:
“No, there wasn’t a setback. He just hadn’t got cleared from the doctors yet.”

On CB Bashaud Breeland:
“He did a good job today. He’s looking better. I think tomorrow, after another day of rest, we’ll see how he’s looking tomorrow for the walkthrough and how he’s moving around – and we’ll make a decision probably tomorrow.”

On what S DeAngelo Hall can add to the secondary:
“I think he can add a lot, really, with his experience and just his command of the defense now. Being able to sit in, with his mentality being a safety the last couple years, I think he’s more comfortable playing the position. Number one thing, we’ve got to get him right, get the rust off of him, get him back in football shape. He’s in great shape as it is, but football shape is a little bit different. Getting him out there, seeing the calls, seeing the plays, making the calls, doing all the things he needs to do as a safety, but he can help out a lot. Any time you have an experienced guy like that with the production he’s had over his career, he can only help our football team.”

On T Trent Williams’ progression:
“He’s pretty much in the same place. Hopefully that thing is… the pain and soreness is starting to alleviate a little bit, but he’s still a little gimpy.”

On Williams playing through pain:
“Yeah, that is tough, but Trent is a tough guy, so we will see how it works, see how feels tomorrow and go from there. All of these questionable guys, hopefully they are leaning on the side of playing, but Mason’s shoulder, McClure’s knee – all of those guys are pretty sore a little bit. We will make that determination tomorrow.”

On if Foster’s injury is from Week 2:
“Yeah.”

On DL Anthony Lanier II:
“He played some last year. He played a lot in the preseason and he got a lot of work in the OTAs and training camp. He is still getting work out here in practice even though he hasn’t had any game day work. He is still getting the work and Coach [Jim] Tomsula has done a great job of keeping him involved in the defense. He’s been very close to dressing a couple different times. We just only went with five linemen. He should be ready to go, really, mentally and physically. I think he is in great shape. He is stronger than he was last year and he has a great get-off. So hopefully he will learn and play well.”

On Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula’s coaching style:
“He is actively coaching them on every rep. It is not just the reps of first-team defense. He’s coaching them all the time, even when they’re on scout team he is working on their hand placement, get-offs and their pad level and technique. So he is a very fundamentally sound guy. He is a detailed guy and his coaching doesn’t ever stop.”




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