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Jay Gruden flashes temper during hot Redskins training camp practice

Jay Gruden flashes temper during hot Redskins training camp practice

RICHMOND - August is here, and both the temperatures and tensions are increasing at Redskins training camp. In one drill, it got to Jay Gruden. With the team working on goal line scenarios during the afternoon practice session, play got a little sloppy and some confusion arose about the next play in the drill. 

After a few miscommunications, Gruden yelled out "End the [expletive] period" and began to walk towards the opposite side of the field. The coach's proclamation ended the drill a little prematurely and the team ran to the other end zone. 

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Its not something that's a big deal - it was a flash moment in August - but the 'Skins coach is usually fairly mild mannered on the practice field. Dialed in to each snap, but not a big yeller. Talking after practice, Trent Williams explained Gruden wasn't mad at the players or the effort, but rather that the drill was not being run properly.

Monday's practice did not appear to have the same intensity or energy of Saturday, however. Earlier in the day, DeAngelo Hall talked about the grind of training camp, and perhaps Monday's practice was the first time that grind caught up to some players.

"I’m tired every day I come out here. I think a lot of the guys are kind of tired," Hall said. "Their legs are starting to get a little heavy right now."

Linebacker Mason Foster said after practice that while guys are all giving full effort, training camp does begin to be a grind. Consider Monday's session was quite hot, with afternoon temperatures in the 90s and plenty of humidity. There's also a bit of a natural comedown from the excitement of Saturday's practice. The first time players put on pads (Saturday) is exciting. The second time (Monday) does not bring the same adrenaline. 

"It’s supposed to be a grind. It’s supposed to be grueling," Hall said. "It’s supposed to be tough. That’s kind of part of training camp."

Even as he was the last player on the practice field signing autographs, Josh Norman joked about how hot it was. For his part, like any football coach, Gruden did not seem overly sympathetic. 

"We had the day off yesterday."

The coach is right; Sunday was an off day, and the players recognize that grinding out training camp practices does not mean the team isn't improving. 

"We understand it’s training camp. We understand it's not going to last forever," Hall said. 

"But even if you’re dragging a little bit for that, it's OK because we all understand that's the nature of the business. We all are dragging. It's not just our team. It’s the team we’ll face as well."

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Redskins seek to add linebacker depth by signing Gary Johnson

Redskins seek to add linebacker depth by signing Gary Johnson

The Redskins added some linebacker depth Saturday afternoon by signing former Texas LB Gary Johnson, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

Johnson, 23, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs back in June following mandatory minicamp.

This signing immediately addresses a position of need as Washington's linebacker room is banged up. Reuben Foster was ruled out of the entire season due to a torn ACL he suffered in May, Josh Harvey-Clemmons is going through concussion protocol while strengthening an ailing knee, and Shaun Dion Hamilton is still questionable with a chest injury. 

In his two seasons at Texas, Johnson tallied 147 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups in 23 games.

Johnson took to Twitter to celebrate his latest opportunity in the nation's capital: 

Johnson's Twitter profile also features the statement "I Hate QB's & RB's."

It's fair to say the Redskins are always on the lookout for defensive guys with that mentality. 

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Stock Up, Stock Down: Montae Nicholson and Samaje Perine going in opposite directions

Stock Up, Stock Down: Montae Nicholson and Samaje Perine going in opposite directions

The Redskins lost to the Bengals Thursday night at FedEx Field, but in the preseason, final results don't really matter. What matters comes in individual and group performances, particularly among first-team units.

In that vein, the Redskins starting defense looked strong against Cincinnati. Outside of some dumb and wacky penalty calls, the starting defense barely gave up any first downs. A number of players impressed on that group, so let's start with the stocks trending in the right direction. 

Stock Up

  • Montae Nicholson - The 96-yard interception return for a touchdown was an impressive display of playmaking ability and speed, but more than that, it was the culmination of a strong offseason and training camp. For the Redskins to be a Top 10 defense, Nicholson needs to be the hard-hitting stud that Washington fans saw glimpses of as a rookie in 2017. Last year was a lost season for Nicholson, who dealt with injuries, getting benched and legal troubles. 2019 is a new start, and so far, it looks quite good. 
  • Adrian Peterson - Not that a first-ballot Hall of Famer really needs preseason validation, but when Peterson ripped off a 26-yard run in the first quarter against the Bengals it became pretty obvious he's ready to go for 2019. And it's important too as second-year back Derrius Guice still isn't cleared for competition. 
  • Robert Davis - Another week, another long touchdown. If there's a handbook to show how to force your way onto a roster, Davis is reading from it. 
  • Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne - These dudes are beasts. 

Despite the good news, there was bad news too. Here's that list:

Stock Down

  • Samaje Perine - Five carries for one yard against Cincy. You read that right. That comes after a poor showing in pass protection in the preseason opener. Jay Gruden always sings praises of Perine but hasn't after the last two preseason games. Prior to Shaun Wilson's ankle injury, he seemed like a guy that could really push for Perine's roster spot. Could that be Byron Marshall now?
  • Paul Richardson - The speedster wideout missed the Bengals game, and the word from one Redskins coach was "he's hurt." Many players get held out of preseason action with slight injuries, stuff they would play through in the regular season. That's not the deal with Richardson. He needs to get right. 
  • Cole Holcomb - If you can't make the club in the tub, Holcomb needs to get back on the field. While he's not in actual roster danger because of the growing number of injuries at inside linebacker, Holcomb is dealing with an AC joint issue. Linebackers need their shoulders, and Holcomb missed a valuable opportunity against the Bengals with presumed starter Shaun Dion Hamilton already out for that game. 
  • Nate Kaczor - The Redskins new Special Teams coach is off to a rough start. In two preseason games Washington has already given up two punt return touchdowns, and against the Bengals, kicker Dustin Hopkins missed an extra point and a field goal. Special teams are tricky in the preseason. In the regular season with 53-man rosters, starting players land on special teams. In the preseason with 90-man rosters, it's largely a collection of players that won't make the final roster lining up on special teams. Still, ugly start. 

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