Sitting at 5-2 and riding a three game win streak, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden does not expect his team to be much of a player before the NFL trade deadline.
He didn't fully close the door either.
"We’ll entertain offers and all that stuff but right now with the roster the way it is and some of the injuries that are kind of lingering it’s just going to be hard to add another body. We’d have to make a roster move and I don’t know if we have the ability to do that right now," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast.
Washington is sitting in first place of the NFC East largely thanks to its defense and run game. Against New York on Sunday, the defense shut down the Giants offense while Adrian Peterson rushed for 149 yards and scored two touchdowns.
The recipe is working, for now, and while Gruden said last week the team might be interested in help at the receiver position, it now seems the coach is content with his team.
"You never know. We’ll wait and see," he said. "I like the team we have. I really don’t think we need any changes right now."
Gruden's comments about roster flexibility make sense.
Offensively, lingering injuries for Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson seem to be impacting any moves at wideout. Additionally, the team will be able to bring rookie Trey Quinn off the injured reserve list this week, and for him to make the roster, somebody must get released.
Defensively, Troy Apke was moved to the IR on Monday, which opens up one roster spot. Still, Gruden seemed content with rookie corner Greg Stroman filling in for veteran Quinton Dunbar while he deals with a nerve injury.
"Dunbar has missed a couple games but Stroman has gotten some valuable experience," the coach said. "Dunny will be back so I think our cornerback group will be fine."
Add it all up, and it sounds like the Redskins Park phones won't be too busy before the NFL's 4 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday.
Then again, never say never.
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