RICHMOND—Nineteen days after starting training camp here, Jay Gruden was pleased with what the Redskins were able to get done.
“I think we got a lot accomplished,” said Gruden, shortly after the conclusion of the team’s final practice on Monday. “We got a lot of young guys a lot of quality repetitions. Learned a lot about our guys, how the competed every day. Despite being hot, tired, and sore they came out everyday and competed.”
Gruden was particularly pleased with his players’ punctuality.
“Did not have one guy late to any meetings at the hotel,” he said. “It was a great experience all the way around.”
When you consider that there are 90 players and dozens of meetings at all hours of the day, that is quite a good record.
Camp was not quite as physical as it was last year. In 2014 there were regular sessions of one-on-on tackling, a drill popular with the fans. Such drills were few and far between this year.
“We had some guys banged up in the secondary, that was really the main part of it,” said Gruden. “We couldn’t afford to lose anybody else, we wouldn’t have bodies to practice . . . I think we got enough in.”
The Redskins did have some issues with injuries during camp. They had 12 players ruled out of last Thursday’s preseason game due to various nagging injuries. During the game they lost two players for the season, tight end Niles Paul (dislocated ankle) and running back Silas Redd (knee).
Although most of the other injuries are more of the nagging variety than serious, Gruden was still disappointed by them.
“I just wish we didn’t have as many of the nagging little hamstrings, the little ankles and the calves and the obliques,” he said. “We’ve got one that I’ve never even heard of – Will Compton, I don’t know what that injury is. That’s the one thing you hate to have happen but every team goes through it. It’s a physical day out here and you’re going to have those. That’s the only thing you regret, just the chance for our secondary to really gel with [Bashaud] Breeland and [David] Amerson and D-Hall [DeAngelo Hall] missing some time, I thought that was a very important time for us. This was an important time for them to do that. That’s the one thing that I’m not happy about but we can’t control that.”