RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 12, six days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.
—Robert Griffin III said that while Richmond has been great, the team was ready to head back north to Ashburn, even though things won’t change much as far as the work routine goes. “This city’s great. It’s more that we want to get home and sleep in our own beds, we want to see our families. We put in the work for the three weeks and we’ve done a great job as a team locking in and being here. Now that we get a chance to go back home I think everybody’s going to enjoy that . . . We’ll still be at camp. We’ll still be doing two-a-days and going to practice twice a day. So it’s nothing different, we just get a chance to be in better beds.”
—I put this quote from Griffin up on the Real Redskins Facebook page and it drew a mixed reaction. Some thought it sounded arrogant, others thought it sounded confident. Still others were ambivalent. What do you think? “And, yeah, there might be some things I do a little differently than other guys,” he said in response to a question about expectations and patience. “But it’s always been a thing that made me who I am and made me the quarterback I am. So I’m not going to lose that for anybody, I’m not going to try to be somebody that I’m not. My job is to be the leader for this football team to help us win Super Bowls. That’s our goal and we’re going to get it done.”
—One of the things that Jay Gruden has liked the most about training camp is that everyone behaved like an adult. “I’m most happy with the way these guys have come together and played together and bought into how fast we practice and just the group in general – how well they are playing together and communicating with one another,” he said. “They’ve all been on-time. We’ve had no disciplinary things we’ve had to go through, no extracurricular fights that we’ve had to discipline people, kick people out of practice.”
—Ryan Clark was back on the field practicing on Monday after missing several days of practice and the Patriots preseason game with a hamstring injury. He said that he came back a little earlier than he might have if he had still been with the Steelers. “It’s hard to be patient here,” he said. If I had been in the same place where I was for the last eight years, then, you know, you’ve played with those guys, you’d built that chemistry, the communication is sound. You can miss a few days or miss a couple of games. But having not played in a game with this defense I felt like it was imperative and important for me to get out here, run around, prepare for Cleveland and get an opportunity to be on the field with them.
—Gruden says that by now everyone should know the playbook and that it’s time for the coaches to see who executes to decide on which 53 players stick around. “We have three preseason games left and we’ve tried to install most of our system right now so we’re not killing them mentally and adding a bunch of new stuff,” he said. “So now we’re trying to let them go out and play and play fast and keep it nice and basic for them so they can go and they know what to do and they can perform at their highest levels. They really shouldn’t have any excuses as far as ‘I don’t know where to line up, I don’t know what to do on this play.’ They should all know what to do and they should be able to play fast. So we’ll give them the best opportunity they can to show what they have Game 2, 3 and 4 in 'the preseason and the rest of the practices. It’s not just about the games.”
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—Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 8:35 (closed to the public); Jay Gruden available after practice;
—It’s been 226 days since the Redskins played a game; in 26 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Redskins at Ravens 11; Final cuts 18; Home opener vs. Jaguars 33
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