April 22, 2021

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden discusses team as the Baltimore Ravens game approaches

The Washington Redskins will play their third preseason game this weekend at M&T Bank Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens, a Beltway battle set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Washington is coming off a close, 24-23 win over the Cleveland Browns on Monday.

The Redskins are looking to continue their run toward a second straight undefeated preseason after wins over the Browns and the New England Patriots. The Ravens are also 2-0 after wins over the San Francisco 49ers and at the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden was at the podium Thursday at Redskins Park, discussing the development of rookie offensive linemen Spencer Long and Morgan Moses, impending roster cuts and other topics.

Gruden told the press that running back Lache Seastrunk’s absence from Thursday’s practice due to “personal reasons,” saying that something had happened in the rookie’s family. On Moses’ and Long’s development, Gruden said:

“Their development is coming along good. We’re going to move Morgan to the right side, get him some work on the right side the last two preseason games and Spencer on the right side. Both of them have played the left side pretty well. I’ve been very impressed with their first two outings in the game situations and we’ll see how they do against a very good Baltimore defense and then down in Tampa.”

He said that the first team would likely play for the entirety of the first half, but that their status is not completely certain yet:

“Most likely it’ll be halftime. Most likely. Depends on how we’re doing. Could change, could go third quarter, could go the whole game, who knows? But, my plan is hopefully get a good solid half out of them – depends on how many plays. If the offense doesn’t have as many plays as the defense or vice versa, one group might come out for the third quarter. We’ll see how it goes.”

Teams have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to reduce active rosters to a maximum of 75 players. Gruden spoke about the effect that cuts have on the staff and when they will be made:

“It’s never easy. Some of them have panned out to be a little bit more clearer than most other cuts will be but it’s never easy. You know, you get to know these guys, they work hard, they come to meetings, they’re on time, they’ve done everything right and then when you tell them it’s over, it’s very tough. So it’s never easy. I think some of the position battles have played themselves out where you know it’s pretty simple to see but still it’s going to be hard to let some of them go … Right now the plan is they’ll be off Sunday and then for practice we’ll hopefully get all the cuts done Sunday on the day off.”

Veteran defensive end Stephen Bowen had surgery on his right knee in December, and Gruden said that Bowen is still questionable for the start of the regular season at Houston on Sept. 7:

“That’s hard to say [if he will be ready for the opener]. You know, nothing would surprise me with him. He’s been working his tail off in there, but that’s going to be totally up to him and Larry [Hess]. I have no idea if he’s going to be ready or not. We’ll have to wait and see … I would like to get him in practice at least right after the fourth preseason game and see how he’s doing or close thereabouts before the fourth game, but we’ll wait and see. Watching him out there today, he looked better. He looks better than what I’ve seen him, but I think how he feels after the workout – with the soreness, does it swell up, how he’s doing with the more workload that he gets, how he can handle contact – that will be to be determined, but that’s something we’ll just have to wait and see on, but I’ll have to leave that up to Stephen and Larry.”

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page. Eric is a freelancer covering high school sports for his hometown newspaper, InsideNova.com. He previously attended Longwood University, serving as sports editor of The Rotunda for two years and hosted his own radio show for three years on the campus radio station, while calling basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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