October 28, 2020

Washington Redskins: Week 10 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After Thursday’s practice that saw no one sit out for the first time this year, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media.

When asked about the possible lack of production opposite of Ryan Kerrigan, Gruden partially avoided the question by explaining that they are always looking for more from Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. Gruden elaborated that both young players are a “work in progress” that have a “ways to go”. Barry added that both have had “some good, some bad”. Washington would have loved to have the talent of Junior Galette, who continues to “rehab his butt off” at the Redskins facilities, according to Gruden.

Although possibly thought of as just special team losses, Gruden called the impact on the run game to be “a lot” after losing Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen because they are both “excellent blockers”. Gruden thinks that both Jordan Reed and Derek Carrier have gotten better in blocking and hopes to see better results going forward. Gruden continues to stand by the lack of playing time for fullback Darrel Young as the team would rather have a more dynamic receiver than a stouter blocker.

It is becoming more clear that at some point the Redskins will want Brian de la Puente starting at some point in time. Whether it happens this very week will have a lot to do with the veteran center learning Bill Callahan‘s “vocabulary” as he gets adjusted to the rest of his teammates.

As discussed on Wednesday, Washington will work towards transitioning rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett back to safety now that they are close to getting their full complement of corners back. Barry said that there is “no doubt” that they still want the rookie on the field. Jarrett will likely see playing time at strong safety as a replacement to Trenton Robinson who has become partially ineffective regardless of his effort. Jarrett probably will not start because Jeron Johnson, who Barry praised for continuing to work hard despite not winning the opening day job, will get first crack at things. Regardless, Jarrett has a brighter future relative to other sixth round draft picks.

Barry described the margin of error for the defense to be “minuscule” because they have to face Drew Brees this week. On how he would evaluate his team, Barry preaches consistency which he called “the true measure of a great performance”. After facing Tom Brady, Barry know things do not get any easier this weekend.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.


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