Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 18, 36 days before the Redskins start training camp.
Here are five notes and quotes from Jay Gruden from after the Redskins’ minicamp practice on Tuesday.
—Without pads it’s difficult to judge the performances of running backs and linemen. So what can the coaches tell from minicamp running plays? “Just trying to work on any points by the backs, footwork by the backs, angles of the offensive linemen getting up in the hole, and the cutbacks by the backs and the pad level, ball security. There are certain things you can still look at like run fits, assignment blocking, fundamentals.”
—Robert Griffin III said that most players would take a week or so off after minicamp and then get back to work preparing for training camp. He didn’t say specifically what he would be doing but Gruden had some ideas. “Quarterbacks need to throw. He needs to continue throwing and working on his footwork and fundamentals, different arm angles throwing the ball. You see some, he’s got to throw three-quarters, over the top, high release, low release, footwork, stepping up into the pocket, two hands on the ball.” Gruden noted that Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady did such things and he expects that Griffin will as well.
—Gruden thinks that his backup quarterbacks are picking up the offense well despite faceing a defense that has not held back on them. “They’re going to make some mistakes out here. Coach [Jim] Haslett, they’ve done a good job – Raheem Morris – of throwing different disguises at them, different coverages, different blitzing schemes and overall I feel good about the mental aspect of the protection. No. 1, making sure they are protected and No. 2, getting to the right progression and right reads. They haven’t been perfect, nor would I expect them to, but I feel like they are coming along good from the mental side of it.”
—Top draft pick Trent Murphy has been practicing in a lot of different roles, apparently in preparation for how he will be utilized during the season. He has a lot of work to do, said Gruden, but the coach is happy with his progress. “He's played both sides, he's played in nickel situations, he's played with the three technique, he's stood up and moved around. So Trent's done an outstanding job and I see him all the time in the film room watching practice. He's very aware of what his role is and what it's going to be and he wants to study it and be the best at it.”
—Mike Shanahan has been portrayed as humorless but he would have some fun with the media from time to time. Gruden seems to be a bit looser. Today he was asked about a pass he caught while running a pattern in a quarterback drill. "Wasn't expecting it. You know Jake Peetz threw a nice spiral, I made a good catch, got both feet down and turned up field and got the first down."
—It’s been 171 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 81 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Training camp 36; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 50; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 90
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