When the Texans arrive in Richmond for joint training camp practices with the Redskins, J.J. Watt and Co. won’t be coming alone.
HBO’s cameras and mics will be everywhere, as well, to record scenes for the 2015 edition of Hard Knocks.
Sure, it will be a bit of an inconvenience. But, for the most part, the Redskins are not concerned about the intrusion.
“I’m not worried about that,” said Coach Jay Gruden, who was Cincinnati's offensive coordinator when the show featured the Bengals in 2013. “They’ll be focused on them. But I’m sure they’ll sneak a camera shot in on us. But we’ve got a good group of guys. I’m not worried about Hard Knocks, man. We’re going to have some fun with it and practice and compete.”
A handful of Redskins actually said they’re looking forward to being on HBO, even if Watt and the Texans will be the focal point.
“There’s going to be some extra cameras out there, but we’re all out there to earn a job,” nose tackle Chris Baker said before joking, “Now, I guess HBO can see what really goes down at camp. Swaggy Time could go viral on HBO.”
Baker added: “I love the attention, so I don’t mind the extra cameras.”
Tight end Niles Paul cracked that the cameras will definitely gravitate toward certain players.
“They are going to hear me and DY,” Paul said, referring to fullback Darrel Young. “They are probably going to hear Chris Baker and Hatch (Jason Hatcher). They are going to hear us. I just hope they censor it enough.”
Asked if having the addition cameras around from Aug. 6-8th will change how he speaks to teammates or opponents, Paul said it will not.
“This is our practice. This is our sanctuary,” he said. “It’s not going to change the way I talk to certain players, or the way I talk to defensive players. It’s not going to change that at all.”
Outside linebacker Trent Murphy simply said he'll have bigger things to worry about.
“It’s really outside of my control, to be honest,” he said. “Whether it’s recorded or not, we’re going to against somebody one-on-one everyday in practice. You have to do your job and you have to win. So that will be where my focus is.”