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Gruden wants a Redskins locker room "full of Ryan Kerrigans"


Gruden wants a Redskins locker room "full of Ryan Kerrigans"

RICHMOND—The second-happiest man in Richmond after Ryan Kerrigan agreed to a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension was Jay Gruden.

The Redskins head coach is a big fan of the fifth-year linebacker. “Great kid, obviously. Drafted here. A Redskin,” Gruden told the media on the eve of training camp. “He loves the area, loves this football team. We love rewarding guys like that. . . . We’re happy to have him. We’d love to have a locker room full of Ryan Kerrigans, that’s for sure.”

Gruden thinks that Kerrigan is capable of having better seasons than the one he had last year when he registered 13.5 sacks, a career high and the seventh best in the NFL. But he needs some help.

“He can get to another level, we have to give him a chance to get to another level,” said Gruden. “We have to play with a lead, make teams have to throw in the fourth quarter so he can get his numbers up . . . Unfortunately, we were behind in a lot of games in the fourth quarter.”

Among other topics covered by Gruden at his news conference:

—The entire 90-man roster should be able to take the field tomorrow. There were some injury concerns about OT Trent Williams, Kerrigan, OL Morgan Moses, CB DeAngelo Hall, and TE Jordan Reed.  “So far we have clearance on all of those guys,” said Gruden. “We expect them to be full go. We’ll monitor them as they go.”

—The team’s top priority will be what you would expect with a team that has won a combined seven games in the last two year. “We’re trying to improve as a football team, No. 1,” said Gruden. “That’s what we’re trying to do every day is improve in a certain area of our game. We also critique our players and find out who our best 53 are. That’s an ongoing process.”

—Now that Kerrigan has signed the team shifts it’s attention to re-signing Williams, the team’s Pro Bowl left tackle. Gruden said that talks are ongoing and that they will not be a distraction. “I saw him out there running today, he looked like a gazelle,” Gruden said of the 6-5, 318-lb. lineman. “He’s in great spirits and he’s going to work hard no matter what the contract situation.”

— The team made a lot of changes from signing five defensive free agents, making 10 picks in the draft, brining in a new defensive coordinator, several new position coaches, a new strength and conditioning staff, and a new general manager in Scot McCloughan. “We had to make some changes,” said Gruden. “If you keep everything status quo you’re probably going to get the same results . . . I feel like we’re a lot better,  no question about it. We attacked free agency in a positive way . . . We did a good job in the draft, we got some young players with very talented skills and we feel good about moving forward.”

—Gruden was not concerned about some negative, anonymous comments about fourth-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. “There’s always comments about the quarterback position, good and bad, no matter where you are,” said Gruden, a former college and Arena League QB. “It’s just something you have to deal with as a quarterback . . . We’re excited about him here, the work that he’s put in to get his body right. The work he’s put in to get his mind right. Now it’s just a matter of going out here and continue to coach our offense and watching him get better.”

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 


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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA


Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA