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Redskins' Reed progressing but still not practicing

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Redskins' Reed progressing but still not practicing

Jordan Reed continues to make strides in his recovery from a concussion, but he still hasn't been cleared to practice.

On Wednesday, the Redskins tight end he watched from the sideline and attended meetings—things he was not permitted to do last week. 

“It’s a very positive step,” Coach Jay Gruden said of Reed's increased involvement. “To get him back out here and let him come to meetings is the first step back to recovery.”

Reed suffered the fourth diagnosed concussion of his career against late against the Eagles and has been sidelined since. The third-year player, who missed the final six games of his rookie season with a concussion, cannot suit up for a game until he’s been cleared by an independent doctor.

“The whole concussion protocol thing is something we have to take very seriously for each individual player,” Gruden said earlier this week. “Each individual instance is its own entity and we’ll have to go from there. We are optimistic…but he still has to pass all the tests.”

Reed’s importance to the Redskins’ offense can’t be overstated. In fact, he still leads the team in receiving yards (278) and first downs (18), despite missing Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

For now, however, Gruden can only wait and hope.

 “It’s a process and we just have to wait and see,” Gruden said. “It’s out of our hands as far as how he’s feeling. It’s up to Jordan and the doctor [as to] when he gets cleared.”

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Jay Gruden answers questions on the Redskins' culture, Dwayne Haskins and what's next

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Jay Gruden answers questions on the Redskins' culture, Dwayne Haskins and what's next

Jay Gruden has had the label of "ex-Redskins head coach" for a little more than a week now. Turns out, being out of the sport is already wearing on him a little bit.

"Pretty quiet really," he said Tuesday on the Dan Le Batard show when asked what life's been like since being fired on Oct. 7. "Bored out of my mind."

During his tenure with the Burgundy and Gold, of course, things were the opposite of quiet. Gruden dealt with a stressful combination of losing, injuries, quarterback drama, off-field distractions and front office issues for five-and-a-half seasons with the team.

But still, though he's no longer associated with the franchise, he chose not to take any shots at it, even when pushed to comment about its much-maligned culture.

"I can't say anything negative about the culture," Gruden explained. "When you're a coach and you want to put a team together, you have a vision of what that should look like and sometimes it doesn't match other people's vision and that's where problems occur. But, on the flip side of that, when you are a coach, you don't have GM responsibilities or you don't have total say, then you have to do the best you can with what you're given."

He also had a chance to talk about Dwayne Haskins, the Redskins' first-round QB. Reports have trickled out ever since Haskins was drafted stating that he wasn't Gruden's preferred choice, because Gruden needed to win in the short term and Haskins was a long term option. 

Gruden told the show why he didn't insert Haskins into the lineup when he was in charge yet also expressed hope for the passer's future.

"People are excited when you take a guy at 15, you want to see him play right away. But it was our professional opinion that he wasn't quite ready to step in and play in the first five games of the season," he said. "He's very raw, but he's very talented. It will take some time with him. He just wasn't ready when I was there. Maybe he'll get ready in the next coming weeks."

As for what's next, Gruden has an idea. He wouldn't mind the opportunity to "dabble" in TV or radio, but ultimately, he hopes to return to the sidelines. 

"I feel like coaching is what I want to do," he said. "It's what I was born to do. I love the game, I love being part of it. I love leading people, young groups of men and trying to get them better and maximize their potential. Unfortunately, I did a poor job of that at Washington, but hopefully I'll get another crack at it."

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Dwayne Haskins welcomes fellow OSU alum, XFL QB Cardale Jones to D.C.

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Dwayne Haskins welcomes fellow OSU alum, XFL QB Cardale Jones to D.C.

There's a new Buckeye in town.

The XFL conducted the first part of their 2020 Draft Tuesday with D.C.'s newest team, the Defenders, drafting quarterback Cardale Jones.

Dwayne Haskins welcomed his fellow Buckeye to town on Twitter, to which Jones replied, "roommates?" "Towels and linen ready," Haskins tweeted back.

Jones led the Buckeyes to a National Championship in 2015, leaving Ohio State to enter the 2016 NFL Draft the year Haskins arrived.

Jones' NFL career was short-lived. He was drafted during the fourth round in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, was then traded to the Los Angeles Chargers, cut at the end of this past August, picked up by the Seattle Seahawks and cut two weeks later. After an NFL career that never seemed to materialize, Jones is looking forward to a career in the XFL.

“It’s an opportunity to go somewhere and be ‘the guy,’ instead of being on someone’s practice squad," Jones said in a phone interview with the Washington Post after being cut by the Seahawks.

The XFL and D.C. Defenders kick off their inaugural season at Audi Field in February 2020.

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