Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 9, five days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.
Here are five quotes from Jay Gruden’s Monday news conference:
—Although Barry Cofield is out with a sprained ankle, Gruden is confident that he has a good substitute at nose tackle. “Chris Baker can play nose,” he said. “He finished the game at nose and did a very good job at nose. So, our depth is being tested a little bit on defense line, and whether we get some of these guys back or not, we’ll find out. But Chris Baker is a very good nose guard so we will be OK there.”
—Jordan Reed also seems like to miss multiple games with a hamstring strain and Gruden says he will be missed. “It’s very difficult [to replace Reed],” he said. “You have a lot of formations and part of your game plan designed around him, playing him outside, in the slot and all that. When he goes out after the seventh play of offense, it hurts you a little bit. But, luckily we had other things we could do. We didn’t do them very well, but we were able to do some other things.”
—Gruden did not mince words when he was asked about the error that Roy Helu made on the punt that got blocked. "Actually, it's very unfortunate because the one they blocked wasn’t even a punt block design,” said Gruden. “It was just a mental lapse. Roy just was out to lunch on that one play and it's unfortunate. It was a great play by their kid.”
—When Gruden was asked about the play of Brian Orakpo, there was an element of damning with faint praise in his answer. "Defensively, like I said, we did a pretty good job but you didn’t really see him flash or make any splash plays – he was doing his job, did pretty good,” said Gruden. “But we expect a lot from Orakpo and [Ryan] Kerrigan. Kerrigan had a big forced fumble.”
—On the Texans’ long touchdown pass, Gruden said that Bacarri Rambo should have had some help but he should have made the tackle. “Yeah, we had a coverage that kind of got fouled up a little bit,” he said. “We had a couple guys break it, but ultimately when they make a big play, we have got to get them on the ground for a 25-yard gain and missed tackles, twice, is unfortunate but we were supposed to have somebody trailing him underneath and blew the coverage.”
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—Former Redskins QB Joe Theismann was born on this date in 1949.
—Today’s schedule: Off day no availability
—Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 5; Redskins @ Eagles 12; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 16
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