September 15, 2019

Washington Redskins: Week 4 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

After the last practice before the Washington Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles on what is expected to be a wet Sunday, Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay took questions from the media.

Gruden admitted that the depth at the cornerback position is not what they would have hoped. Injuries to DeAngelo HallJustin Rodgers, and Chris Culliver (questionable for Sunday) as well as the release of former second round pick David Amerson leaves just Bashaud Breeland from last year’s roster. The team is hoping for big things from recently signed Will Blackmon and promoted Quinton Dunbar. Blackmon’s previous experience with new secondary coach Perry Fewell helps a little bit with the acclimation. According to McVay, Dunbar is “always one of those guys that always disrupts our practices with his ability to get hands on the receivers, disrupt releases and he’s got that length where he can turn and run and he’s fluid in transition”.

On Rashad Ross will be active for his second straight NFL game this weekend, Gruden said he has continued to do some good things and possibly becoming more incorporated into the offense in another week without DeSean Jackson. Besides the speed that many no about, Gruden complemented Ross as being a good blocker in the run game because of his increased comfort level in the system. Gruden also credited wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard for teaching Ross how to run every route (i.e. slants, curls, ins and outs) instead of just go patterns.

McVay started but assessing the Redskins lack of balance on the offensive side of the ball after Kirk Cousins committed his second turnover of the game. He made the common sense point that even though those run plays might only produce three to four yards, they not only set the team up in third and manageable situations but also help set up bigger results on play action. Now for the third time in the first four weeks. The Redskins will face off against a solid defensive front with the Eagles who are impressive in stopping the run. The constant movement internally and with different alignments up front which “ends up messing with a lot of your combinations, especially in the zone game”.

With the vacancy at left guard following Shawn Lauvao‘s season ending ankle injury, McVay admitted that it will result in a bigger challenge for tackle Trent Williams and center Kory Lichtensteiger. Lichtensteiger has certainly been favoring the right side of the offensive line to help out the little experience the Redskins have on that side with rookie Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses, but he may be unable to continue that.

With regards to the weather, McVay smartly articulated that the team will have scenarios for any options. It is hard to game plan for one with more focus because “I look on it [the weather] one second and then the next second it tells me a totally different thing”.

It will certainly be interesting to watch for if Cousins can build on his performance from last year against the Eagles because if not, the Redskins might already be looking forward to a top 10 pick in next year’s draft.

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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