Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 5, two days before the Redskins open their season against the Texans.
Redskins Park notes and quotes
The buzz from Redskins Park on Thursday:
—With four years under his belt and some freakish athletic ability, Trent Williams does not feel like he’s under the gun to perform. “I don’t feel pressure personally,” he said when asked about his responsibility in controlling J. J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney on Sunday. “I want to perform well and I want to block my guy to the best of my ability but I don’t feel pressure.”
—It looks like the players are looking forward to playing for Jay Gruden on game day. “Just a calming presence,” said DeAngelo Hall when he was asked what he expected from Gruden on game day. “He hasn’t been the screamer-yeller type so far so we don’t plan on seeing that on Sunday. Just a guy who’s going to manage the offense, manage the defense, put us in position to make plays, keep the game running smoothly. You know, he’s a quarterback so he’s definitely going to go out there and manage the situation and put us in position to make plays and win the game.”
—Chris Baker came into the league undrafted in 2009. On Sunday, he starts for the Redskins for the season opener. “It means a lot from where I started from as an undrafted free agent, I ended up on the bottom of the depth chart each year each camp, always being at the bottom of the depth chart, just having to work my way onto a roster every year,” he said. “Being able to come in as a starter is a blessing for me and a huge opportunity for me to show the coaches and show the rest of the people that I’m a hell of a football player.”
—I asked Gruden about his comment that I related here yesterday about watching so much film on the Chiefs in order to study what Romeo Crenell does as defensive coordinator that he thought he was playing the Chiefs this week. Is this over analysis? “It could be, but you’re trying to just find some tendencies of the coaching staff and trying to do the best you can,” he said. “But overall I think it’s still about the players and who the players are on the Houston Texans and trying to attack them and the schemes of the defensive coordinators.”
—DE Jason Hatcher believes that the Redskins will rotate heavily along the defensive line to keep everybody fresh both for the game and for the long term. But he don’t mind if he plays a ton. “I think it’s a good thing you don’t wear down early in the season then when playoffs come you don’t have no juice,” he said. “It’s very important not to put a lot of reps on guys. At the end of the day I love playing football. Whether it’s 30 or 70 [snaps] I’m going to be happy with it.”
—WR Ryan Grant has gone from being a fifth-round pick to a member of the Redskins who is likely to line up on some key plays this year. His story is even more amazing when you hear him tell you about his football background. “Coming out of high school I was a two-star recruit,” the Tulane grad said. “I didn’t go to any college camps, I couldn’t afford it. I was just all about putting good stuff on tape and having the scouts look at game film at the high school level and the college level.”
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—Former Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer was born on this date in 1939; Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy was born on this date in 1986
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00 (open to media for first 30 minutes); Open locker room player availability and Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 12:45).
—It’s been 250 days since the Redskins played a game; in two days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 9; Redskins @ Eagles 16; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 20
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