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Here is a recap of what Jay Gruden covered in his press conference on Thursday:

—The only player limited in practice was, you guess it, WR Josh Doctson. It’s a wait and see situation. “We’ll have to see tomorrow, see where he’s at,” said Gruden. “He’s just tight, you know, it’s not like it’s going to make him miss time or anything like that, but it could limit the amount of reps that he has but we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.”

—Gruden is expecting a full dose of All-Pro DT Aaron Donald, who just reported to the Rams last Saturday. “We’re assuming he’s playing 70 snaps,” he said. “He doesn’t come out in nickel, he probably won’t come out in base. I don’t know why you would take him out. I’m sure he’s in good shape, so I imagine we’ll see a lot of Aaron Donald.” It’s hard to envision him playing the whole game after sitting out all of training camp and the preseason. Regardless, the Redskins are smart to be ready for a heavy dose of Donald.

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JP Finlay wrote this, recounting something that happened in practice that shows why the coaches value Ryan Grant. I asked Gruden about Grant stepping up. “He can do whatever you want him to do,” he said. “He can play all three spots and he’s smart and detailed in what he does. Hopefully he gets more involved in the offense. He had three catches for 66 yards [actually, four for 61] the other day, had a chance to have a couple more, but I think the more opportunities that he gets the better he’ll show people that he is.”

 

—Rookie RB Samaje Perine was active on Sunday but he didn’t play a snap on offense. Gruden said that the intention was to get him some carries but they just didn’t control the ball enough. “I think it’s all about possession of the football. We didn’t do a good job of possessing the football. Three-for-10 on third downs means you’re punting and you’re on the sidelines, and then you get back out there and you’re trying to get points – you’re down . . . The more opportunities we get offensively, the more carries he’s going to get and that’s our intent every week. It just didn’t happen Week 1.”

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—He said that Niles Paul only got five snaps for the same reason—they just didn’t have the ball enough.

—As noted, the Redskins converted three of 10 third downs. What do they need to do better to fix this? “We have to protect better. We have to throw the ball better. We have to run better routes,” he said. “So it is just a combination of things. I have got to call better plays. I have to call plays that are conducive to those situations and the coverages that we are going to see by percentage and then we have to protect.”

—TE Jordan Reed played 55 snaps but he had a quiet day, with five receptions for 36 yards. Gruden said on Monday that he was a little quick coming out of some of his breaks and today he said that he might have been “a little giddy” during the game, perhaps too excited after missing all of training camp with a toe injury. The Eagles also gave him some extra attention at times, something Reed is used to.

—However, Reed being doubled should not prevent a pass play from being successful. “Well, if he is getting doubled, then the other guys have got to win,” said Gruden. “He is not getting doubled all the time. That’s the way it should be. If a great player is getting doubled, you better have somebody else step up and make the plays.”

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