March 23, 2019

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

On Thanksgiving Thursday, the Washington Redskins moved an expedited practice up in the day in order to get players and coaches home earlier to be with their families. Jay Gruden explained that they will have more emphasis on Friday meetings and more post-practice.

 Prior to Chris Culliver‘s right knee injury during Thursday’s practice, Washington essentially had seven defensive backs that warranted playing time but only five spots, including nickle corner, to play them in. Gruden believes the hardest part about all of that is their pieces have had to play multiple positions in order to get playing time. “A lot of people think it [playing multiple positions] is easy, but it’s not” because of all the formations and pre-snap checks Gruden said Thursday. Thankfully for the Redskins veteran leadership in Will BlackmonDeAngelo Hall, and DaShon Goldson, the secondary has been able to “help the process along.”

Gruden understands that Thanksgiving is a special day, but that on Friday players will have to “put that aside, reboot your mind and get back to work” because their season is possibly hanging in the balance on Sunday. “There is a lot of work to be done and we have a long way to go before Sunday” said Gruden about putting in overtime on Friday to balance things out.

According to Jay Gruden, Odell Beckham Jr. is an “explosive player, unbelievable hands, and can adjust to the ball in the air”. It will be a “great challenge” for Washington’s defensive backs, but Gruden says that all of them will be fired up about it.

With the recent fumbling issues of rookie Matt Jones, Gruden said that you “cannot lose confidence in a player as a play caller and coach”. Although the confidence in Jones will not waive currently, Gruden is not afraid to take away some of his playing time if issues continue. Gruden knows that is important to stay balanced in their offense by running the ball, and Jones is a big part in staying effective in that manner.

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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