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Jay Gruden flashes temper during hot Redskins training camp practice

Jay Gruden flashes temper during hot Redskins training camp practice

RICHMOND - August is here, and both the temperatures and tensions are increasing at Redskins training camp. In one drill, it got to Jay Gruden. With the team working on goal line scenarios during the afternoon practice session, play got a little sloppy and some confusion arose about the next play in the drill. 

After a few miscommunications, Gruden yelled out "End the [expletive] period" and began to walk towards the opposite side of the field. The coach's proclamation ended the drill a little prematurely and the team ran to the other end zone. 


Its not something that's a big deal - it was a flash moment in August - but the 'Skins coach is usually fairly mild mannered on the practice field. Dialed in to each snap, but not a big yeller. Talking after practice, Trent Williams explained Gruden wasn't mad at the players or the effort, but rather that the drill was not being run properly.

Monday's practice did not appear to have the same intensity or energy of Saturday, however. Earlier in the day, DeAngelo Hall talked about the grind of training camp, and perhaps Monday's practice was the first time that grind caught up to some players.

"I’m tired every day I come out here. I think a lot of the guys are kind of tired," Hall said. "Their legs are starting to get a little heavy right now."

Linebacker Mason Foster said after practice that while guys are all giving full effort, training camp does begin to be a grind. Consider Monday's session was quite hot, with afternoon temperatures in the 90s and plenty of humidity. There's also a bit of a natural comedown from the excitement of Saturday's practice. The first time players put on pads (Saturday) is exciting. The second time (Monday) does not bring the same adrenaline. 

"It’s supposed to be a grind. It’s supposed to be grueling," Hall said. "It’s supposed to be tough. That’s kind of part of training camp."

Even as he was the last player on the practice field signing autographs, Josh Norman joked about how hot it was. For his part, like any football coach, Gruden did not seem overly sympathetic. 

"We had the day off yesterday."

The coach is right; Sunday was an off day, and the players recognize that grinding out training camp practices does not mean the team isn't improving. 

"We understand it’s training camp. We understand it's not going to last forever," Hall said. 

"But even if you’re dragging a little bit for that, it's OK because we all understand that's the nature of the business. We all are dragging. It's not just our team. It’s the team we’ll face as well."



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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.