January 21, 2019

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins have a chance to take the NFC East divisional lead on Sunday with a win at home against the New York Giants. In a “one-game season”, according to head coach Jay Gruden, a loss would mean a three game deficit for Washington and a possible early offseason. On an extended Friday practice to account for the shortened Thanksgiving day effort, Gruden addressed the media before getting ready to host the rival Giants.

Gruden expressed his hatred to losing a “good player” in Chris Culliver yesterday in another “unfortunate” and “fluke” injury that seem to be striking the Redskins the most recently. With Bashaud Breeland ill, while Washington hopes it is “just a 24-hour bug”, the team will be forced to rely on the likes of converted receiver Quinton Dunbar and recently promoted corner Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad. Gruden hopes that defensive backs coach Perry Fewell‘s “schooling” of the Redskins depth will pay off while DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett can both return to the majority of their playing time coming at corner.

On a small note related to Chris Culliver’s “unnecessary roughness” foul against Greg Olson last week, Gruden said the league did get back to the Redskins. However, he refuses to know the final verdict since he will get “upset” either way.

This time around, the Redskins will not be lucky enough to avoid the “big, long, and very good athlete” Jason Pierre-Paul. Gruden knows that he is still “somebody you have to deal with” but is confident in Morgan Moses and even a hobbled Trent Williams to be “ready.” On another quick offensive line note, Josh LeRibeus will continue to start for Washington at center but the leash is increasingly short as Brian de la Puente is increasingly “comfortable” with the system.

Gruden says the coaches have taken a mix of revisiting the Week 3 matchup and the Giants recent play in their analysis of the division foe, but regardless need the players to “step up.” Gruden claims that “the guys will be ready” for the Giants since there is “a lot at stake” even though he does not want everybody to be “tight.”

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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