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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!
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Press Release: #Redskins Quotes- Gruden

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June 13, 2018

 

Head Coach Jay Gruden

 

On the skirmish between two players:

“I did not see it. I don’t think until I see it on video, which I don’t think anybody got it on video, I don’t know what happened... He [Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula] just said they were messing around a little bit.”

 

On how he feels about the team’s progression during the last four weeks:

“I think it went great. Like I said the other day, the most important thing in my mind was to get these guys in great physical shape and I think Chad Englehart and his staff did a great job. And then Larry Hess and the trainers did a good job getting the guys back, trying to get them back to full health, the guys that were injured. And then I wanted them to learn the system, try to get as much as we could installed. We did a great job of that I think so that when they come to training camp they are ready to roll. And then of course just getting to know each other so they can learn to play together and work together as a team. I think we accomplished what I set out to accomplish.”

 

On if the competitive nature of practices is a testament to the team’s depth:

“I think so. I think you’re talking about reps and reps are very, very important, and when people are trying to steal reps from one another, people take it personally and some things happen from time to time. But that’s the way it is from competitive-type guys.”

 

On if he purposefully involved the third-string more today:

“Yeah, we were back inside on the turf and I kind of haven’t given the threes a lot of reps, especially with Kevin Hogan. I wanted to give him a big lion’s share of the reps today and see what those guys can do so they felt confident coming into training camp with the knowledge that they have and be ready to perform.” 

 

On QB Kevin Hogan:

“He’s done good. I like Kevin. He’s a smart kid and he’s got some deceiving escape ability to him. He can run a little bit. We saw one today, he popped out of there for about a 20-yard gain. I like where he’s at. It’s hard for those No. 3 guys to get the reps and for them to show what they really can do on a limited basis, but as far as being attentive and being a good quarterback in the meetings rooms and all that stuff, he’s been very, very good.”

 

On the progression of the undrafted rookies:

“Cam [Sims] has stood out at wide receiver. I think [Danny] Johnson stood out at corner. They have done some really good things. We have got a number of other guys that are trying to take advantage of a little bit of the reps the way they have. I think this progression for these guys, they came in a little bit late, obviously we had to wait for them after the draft, and then the limited amount of reps that they did have, some took more advantage than others but we’re not discounting anybody. Once training camp starts, they’re going to get more and more, especially when the Jets come. We’ll have more and more opportunities for them to succeed. Preseason game one, two and three, they are going to get more and more reps to shine when the lights are on and it’s live, but I have been impressed with a lot of the guys, mentally and physically.”

 

On Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O’Connell working with such an experienced group of quarterbacks:

“Kevin’s been great. I wanted a guy that would help coach quarterbacks that had a little bit of a different background. He was with New England as a player a little bit, he was with Chip Kelly, and now he’s brought some of that knowledge here. So it’s good to have a different set of ideas. He’s done a good job of embracing ours but also adding some new concepts to our system that we already have, and quarterbacks all look up to him despite his age. Very smart, articulate, obviously. All his points are well-thought-out and make sense, which is important, and he does a good job in that room.”

 

On his message to the team prior to training camp: 

“Progress. Progress, progress, progress. We can’t ‘de-gress.’ I think they’ve put themselves in a great situation to hit training camp in great shape. What we don’t want to have happen is these guys to go to the beach and drink a bunch of iced teas, whatever they do, and Cokes, and eat popcorn, and doughnuts and gain 20 pounds. Then we have to start all over, strip them back down and start all over. I don’t think that’ll happen. Everybody understands. I think the beauty of this is everybody understands we have more depth here. We’re not going to really have time for you to get in shape. You better come in shape and compete for your job and compete to make this roster. Otherwise, we have a lot of guys here that can play, and I think they see that.”

 

On training camp practice times:

“10:00 in the morning, I wanted a consistent time in the morning, number one. Number two, after practice, I want to have time to really get the nutrients back in their body, get the water, drink plenty of water and hydrate, really, is the big thing. And if we can avoid a little bit of the heat, maybe, is good. But mainly, it’s about hydration [and] getting off their feet for more time.”

 

On when DL Stacy McGee sustained his groin injury: 

“He had it a couple weeks ago. I don’t know what happened. He just did something, so he had a procedure done and hopefully he will be ready for training camp. We’ll see. I don’t have the exact timetable on him, yet. He’s in there now.”

 

On hosting joint practices with New York Jets:

“It’ll be good. It’ll be good to evaluate the young kids, especially, and also get our veteran guys, see how we handle a different scheme, so to speak, different bodies. A lot of times, you’re going against one another, sometimes when it gets that late in training camp, you start to see the buddy system going a little bit. ‘I won’t hurt you, you don’t hurt me,’ but now you’re going against another group of guys trying to make their roster. I think the competitive nature will make practice a little bit better and challenge them a little bit more, so it’ll be good. We’ve just got to tone it down, so nothing happens like it happened against Houston a couple years ago, but I think Coach [Todd] Bowles, myself, we have a good understanding of what we’re looking for and how to deal with it.”

 

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29 minutes ago, TK said:

On hosting joint practices with New York Jets:

 

Hmmm.....  Do think it is best to practice against a very talented team (like when it was the Patriots a few years ago), a less talented team, or it doesn't matter?

 

The Skins were definitely over-matched in the Patriot practices, but I thought it was good for the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

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On his message to the team prior to training camp: 

“Progress. Progress, progress, progress. We can’t ‘de-gress.’ I think they’ve put themselves in a great situation to hit training camp in great shape. What we don’t want to have happen is these guys to go to the beach and drink a bunch of iced teas, whatever they do, and Cokes, and eat popcorn, and doughnuts and gain 20 pounds. Then we have to start all over, strip them back down and start all over. I don’t think that’ll happen. Everybody understands. I think the beauty of this is everybody understands we have more depth here. We’re not going to really have time for you to get in shape. You better come in shape and compete for your job and compete to make this roster. Otherwise, we have a lot of guys here that can play, and I think they see that.”

My favorite bit. The last several years we have started out slow as if the team was starting over. I think Gruden might be as sick of that as I am. He and his core have been here long enough that we should hit the ground running and not look clueless and out of sorts the first two weeks of the season.

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17 hours ago, TK said:

On his message to the team prior to training camp: 

...I think the beauty of this is everybody understands we have more depth here. We’re not going to really have time for you to get in shape. You better come in shape and compete for your job and compete to make this roster. Otherwise, we have a lot of guys here that can play, and I think they see that.”

 

 Love it.  Favorite thing I've heard from Gruden all offseason.

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Also excited to hear that Apke was catching attention. He was my most head-scratching pick this year, although I understood the logic in the abstract. Intriguing to think about where his ceiling might be.

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