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    • By JimmiJo in ES Coverage

      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.

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
      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. 
      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.
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Press Release: #REDSKINS Quotes - Gruden

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August 5, 2018


Head Coach Jay Gruden




On the injury update for WR Josh Doctson and T Morgan Moses:

"[Josh Doctson] I have not and I expect him to do a little bit more than individual today. But we'll see how he’s doing. Morgan just turned and stepped on somebody's foot yesterday and he'll be fine. Probably individual, maybe a little bit of team, we'll see how he's feeling."


On TE Jordan Reed practicing in full contact drills:

"He did yesterday. No, he practiced yesterday. Jordan Reed? Yeah, he practiced. He was on goal line a little bit. He did. He practiced a lot. He's number 86 by the way (laughter)."


On DL Matt Ioannidis' turf toe:

"He's just getting treatment but he's a very tough individual and he does not want to miss practice, so he’s fighting through it. You know, hopefully, it's obviously not terrible turf toe but it is painful for him, you can see. Just getting the treatment before and after practice doing what he's supposed to do."


On Ioannidis taking a couple days off to help with the injury:

"I don’t know. It’s up to him and the trainers. They tell me and (head athletic trainer) Larry [Hess] says he’s good to go, Matt says he’s good to go so, he’s good to go."


On if there is a concern protecting QB Alex Smith with two backup offensive tackles projected to start against the New England Patriots:

"Yeah it could have an impact. You know, we’ll see, we have a couple more practices a day. I’ve kind of given a tentative list of who I want in there for the first game and who I may not play the first game. That could change depending on if we lose a couple other guys in practice today or tomorrow, but we’ll play it by ear, see what happens with our tackle situation."


On RB Chris Thompson playing in first preseason game: 

"Yeah, Chris will not play on Thursday. I do know that."


On if Thompson has doubt before taking first hit following his injury: 

"Yeah, it’s a normal thing, it’s a normal thing. I think when you see him run around; you can see that he’s got his full strength and mobility back. It’s just, I think it's now a matter of just slowly getting him into the team periods like we did yesterday and then continue to build off of that on a daily basis. But obviously, I feel like he’s functioning well right now and moving well. He’s strong in pass protection and he’s doing a good job."


On RB Byron Marshall playing special teams and whether he will keep five running backs on the final roster:


"Yes, he is seriously getting looked at there, we’re trying a lot of different guys back there and it’s going to be depending on whose up on game day.  Really that’s why we have to have plenty of options back there, but he is definitely a consideration. And five running backs probably a stretch, but a possibility."


On what he wants to see before facing the New England Patriots:

"Well, I think this - we’re not even focusing on the game right now. We’re still focusing on what we do right now, as far as our situational work and getting our practice in and our reps in. We won’t focus on the game until Wednesday. We’ll have a walkthrough and a pre-game mock script for the guys just substitution-wise getting them ready; try to give them some New England looks on Wednesday. But today and tomorrow, it’ll be strictly, and Tuesday, it will be strictly be ourselves versus ourselves."


On dividing time between evaluating the roster and preparing for Week 1 of the regular season:

"It’s all about evaluation for me right now, yeah that’s all we’re doing is practicing against each other, trying to give our guys different looks and put them in situations to have success where we can look at everybody on the field, on the 90-man roster, that’s what our objective is right now. Also, implementing our system and getting a lot of learning from key situational work. As far as getting ready for New England, like I said we’ll have blinked at them a little bit, a couple pre-season games and all that stuff, but that won’t really take place until Tuesday or Wednesday. Oh Arizona [Cardinals]? Arizona - tough, they have a new staff, you know so, we’re trying to gather as much information on what (Head Coach) Coach [Steve] Wilks has done in the past, obviously at Carolina [Panthers]. But, we’ll start that probably - coaches have already started those break downs without a doubt but, we’d like to get a couple games on them in the pre-season just to see what they’re doing."


On adding full contact on the goal line at yesterday’s practice:

"Well I think it was important for us to get some contact. You know, we run around in shorts all day and you know some shoulder pads, I think it's important to get some people tackling. I got to see who can tackle, who can run through tackles, pad level, goal line short-yard situations. Everybody knows that we were not very good offensively on third and one, last year short yardage. So, it was important for us to try to set the tone and get some physicality to our football team and training camp. I thought it was a good time to do it."


On LB Shaun Dion Hamilton:

"Yeah he’s doing good. You know, I think he’s got to get 100 percent healthy right now. I think he’s done a great job as far as getting himself to a point where he can play in practice effectively. But, I think he’s going to continue to get better, more in shape and that knee’s going to feel better and better as he keeps getting reps and keep getting treatment. But I like him, he’s doing a good job, he’s smart, can handle all the calls, very instinctive, which you have to be at linebacker. He’s got all those traits, now it's just a matter of getting his body right and his health to a 100 percent."


On TE Jeremy Sprinkle:

"Yea, Sprinkle is one of these guys you put in an oven a little bit and him let cook, and he is starting to become the big time tight end that we are anticipating him being. That position is really hard to find nowadays but he is stronger and more confident in what he is doing. Wes [Phillips] has done a great job with him. I love his length. He’s better in the passing game. But really when it's all said and done, we need one of the tight ends to emerge as good solid blocking tight end if we want to run the football. You know, we had issues last year at the tight end position. Sprinkle, can provide us a much needed lift if he can continue on the path that he is on, as far as blocking in the running game, and also being effective in the passing game. He's got a great size, great length, a smart kid and I think great days are in front of him."


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