Redskins Training Camp: Redskins vs. Browns Preview

Tomorrow will be the preseason debut of the Washington Redskins as they will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns. This will be the second straight year that the Redskins will play the Browns in the preseason. The first preseason game for any team typically does not feature a lot of regular season starters playing much, maybe a series or two, but nothing more than that. You can expect that from the Redskins tomorrow.

“We’ll play it by ear, see how we do,” Gruden said. “Obviously of we go three and out, we’ll bring them back out for another series or two. If we have a long touchdown drive, that could be it.”

Expect to see a lot of many second and third string players to get a lot of playing time as they try to compete for a spot on the roster this upcoming season.

“This is about finding out your 53-man roster,” Gruden said. “There’s a lot to look at for these guys, and we have a lot of guys that are really competing for jobs. These games are very, very important to see who is going to rise.”

In Gruden’s press conference today, he said that TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder will not play tomorrow night.

Washington Redskins Training Camp Rookie Focus: Kysheon Jarrett

Richmond, Va., – There are not many sixth round draft picks that come into the NFL and make an impact. However, the Washington Redskins may have found a diamond in the rough at the safety position in Kysheon Jarrett. Jarrett was a four-year player with the Virginia Tech Hokies before being drafted by the Redskins with the 181st pick in this year’s NFL draft. Over the years, Virginia Tech has produced many good players on defense such as Brandon Flowers of San Diego Chargers, Jason Worilds who recently retired, Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks, and Jarrett’s new teammate in Washington, DeAngelo Hall.

Since arriving at the Redskins training camp, Jarrett has been one of the most surprising players to some, but those who have seen him play at Virginia Tech knows that he playmaker at the next level. Jarrett’s potential has been on full display over training camp as he has made some good plays on defense including intercepting Kirk Cousins yesterday. Jarrett said that being a part of Frank Beamer’s system at Virginia Tech, where defense is emphasized, has helped him adapt to Joe Barry’s system in Washington.

“They teach you how to be pros and how you go about learning the defense,” Jarrett said. “I truly believe that it has helped me transition here and prepare myself.”

Even though the transition has been somewhat easy for him, he’s still adjusting to the speed of the NFL can be a little challenging. Redskins’ defensive coordinator, Joe Barry, has made the adjustment easier for Jarrett who was very complimentary of Joe Barry’s system in Washington. He has embraced the challenge of learning his system.

“I definitely like him as a coach and individual,” Jarrett said. “He brings great energy to the team. His plays feed off of the energy he has and it rubs off on us. With that, I see myself fitting in well. I just got to continue working, having objectives to complete each day, and continue to learn from the coaches and players.”

During his time with the Redskins, he has been learning the ropes from more experienced players such as Dashon Goldson, Chris Culliver, and DeAngelo Hall. He takes any opportunity that he can to learn from the veterans on defense.

Now that Jarrett dons the burgundy and gold, he stays loyal to the maroon and orange of Virginia Tech as he picked Virginia Tech to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes on Labor Day in Blacksburg. Last season, Jarrett’s senior year at Virginia Tech, the Hokies upset the Buckeyes in Columbus 35-21.

Washington Redskins Training Camp: 4 Downs with Jay Gruden

Richmond, Va., – Washington Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden, spoke to the media after the Redskins had an off day on Sunday. Below are the four main takeaways from the press conference.

1. Gruden on TE Niles Paul Listed as the Starter on Depth Chart – “I think Niles Paul probably is more of a complete player when you’re talking about him as a blocker. He’s one of our strongest players. He’s self-made. Converting from a receiver to a tight end has been very impressive. That has been the biggest change. He’s a very complete player.”

2. Gruden on Kicker Kai Forbath’s struggles – “The strength of Kai’s game is his accuracy. We just got to get his confidence up and let him kick some today and hopefully he knocks them all through. It’s a little puzzling right now that he’s missing kicks that he normally makes.”

3. Accuracy of First Unofficial Depth Chart – “There wouldn’t be a depth chart until Miami [First game of Regular Season]. It’s silly to me. It can change next week or tomorrow for all I know. These guys are competing and nothing’s etched in stone. It’s important for these guys to continue to compete and let them know that we got our eyes on them and if they perform better than the guy in front of them, then they’ll play.”

4. Any Positives from Saturday’s Brawl with the Houston Texans – “I think it brought us together a little bit. When you see Redskin players helping Redskins, that’s a good thing. On gameday, you make a big deal about how you can’t come off the bench and you can’t enter fights on gameday. Its 15-yard penalties and possible suspensions, so we made a big deal about that. In that setting, there is no choice but for people to go and protect one another and it was good to see that.”

Washington Redskins Training Camp: Ugly Weather, Ugly Practice

Richmond, Va., – 19,450 people got a chance to witness a WWE-like brawl on the final day of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans joint practices under rainy conditions. Within a five minute period, three brawls broke out between the two Redskins practice field. Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden, and Texans head coach, Bill O’Brien, decided it was best for both teams to stop practicing with each other for the remainder of practice.

“Both Coach O’Brien and myself tried to make it clear that it wasn’t acceptable behavior,” Gruden said. “We missed an opportunity to get better today against a good team.”

“It’s intense out there,” O’Brien said. “It’s too bad, but that’s what happen with two competitive teams.”
This is not the first time that the Texans have been in a situation like this. Last year while practicing with the Denver Broncos, scuffles were reported between both teams.

“One thing for sure is that we got each other’s back,” Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “Nothing good comes out of those fights. Someone could get hurt, but I don’t think no one did thankfully.”

19,450 people attended today’s practice, which has been the largest turnout this year so far.

The Redskins will enjoy a day off tomorrow and will resume practice on Monday.

Redskins Training Camp: Ryan Kerrigan

Redskins Linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, Signing a Fan's Football
Redskins Linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, Signing a Fan’s Football

Richmond, Va., – In only four seasons with the Washington Redskins, Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan views himself as one of the elder statesman on the team. Going into his fifth year with the team, the former Pro Bowler is coming off of a career year compiling 64 tackles, 13.5 sacks (career-high), and 5 forced fumbles (career-high) while playing every game for the team last season.

Last week, he was rewarded for his play with a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension until 2020 with $24.28 million guaranteed making Kerrigan the third-highest paid linebacker in the NFL behind Chiefs Justin Houston (six years, $101 million) and Packers Clay Matthews (five years, $66 million). He’s not feeling any extra pressure on his shoulders to live to his new contract as he just wants to play football and show that he’s worth it.

“I just want to reward the Redskins for placing a lot of faith in me,” Kerrigan said. “I want to give back to them by playing well.”

Kerrigan has improved each season while being in the NFL and that shows in his sack totals from year-to-year (7.5 in 2011, 8.5 in 2012, 8.5 in 2013, and 13.5 in 2014). While he has been racking up impressive individual stats, he knows it is about the team first and he looks forward to working with the other guys on the team.
“It’s my job to help the other guys along,” Kerrigan said. “It’s a role that I have enjoyed.”

Every team in the NFL that plays the Redskins this season will have to know when Number 91 is at all times. However, with all of the new weapons on defense (Junior Galette, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean-Francois, and Terrance Knighton), it will be harder for opposing offenses to put all of their focus on Kerrigan when so many other players are capable of bringing down the quarterback.

Houston Texans Comes to RVA

The Houston Texans will be in town practicing with the Washington Redskins starting today until Saturday. The Texans will also be bringing HBO with them as they were selected to participate in this year’s season of Hard Knocks.

The joint practice will provide an opportunity for both teams to practice with fresh faces that they don’t typically see everyday. The Redskins offensive line will be tested as they will line up against J.J. Watt, one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL. Watt finished the 2014 season with 20.5 sacks, second behind Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texans running back, Arian Foster will not be making the trip as he recently suffered a groin injury that will force him to miss the rest of training camp and the preseason. Foster rushed for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns earning his fourth selection to the Pro Bowl for the Texans.