The Washington Redskins finished up with training camp in Richmond and traveled back to Redskins Park this week as they continue to prepare for the 2014-15 regular season.
Below is a collection of top quotes from the week.
Redskins Top Quotes
“It’s great to have everybody healthy. We’ve had them out here in practice for a couple days now, and it really wasn’t that way in training camp. One was out; the other was out; both were out. So it’s good to have them both back.” – Robert Griffin III
“It should be fun. We do have a lot of weapons that have been banged up. But to be out there Monday night, showing everybody our offense, it definitely will be fun and exciting and we look forward to getting out there on the field.” – Pierre Garcon
“Adam Hayward has brought a wild, special team energy. You couldn’t put your finger on one thing; it was an accumulation of issues last year.” – Logan Paulsen
“The most exciting thing was before we left Richmond, the offense really took it to the defense the last day and I think they remembered that — I know the coaches remembered that — so today they geared it up a notch. Offensively, we didn’t quite match the intensity level, so it was great to see our defense come out with a chip on their shoulder, rush the quarterback, communicate very well in two-minute, and they had a great day today.” – Jay Gruden
“I’ve got to come in and be the guy that they drafted me to be, trust my technique, get the little things down.” – Jarvis Jenkins
“Jarvis Jenkins has done well. He’s had his days where he’s really done well, he’s excited us and he’s had his days where he looked like he was a little lethargic or maybe out of shape like I mentioned when New England came into town. I challenged him a little bit on that and he’s really taken it personally and in the last four or five practices he’s done extremely well. He had a little bit of a shoulder but he’s OK and he’s battling through that. He’s one of those guys that we have to get a lot of production from – not only stopping the run but also in the pass rush part of it. He’s got the ability to do it, we just have got to try to consistently get him rolling and so far he’s on the right track, I think. We’re excited about what he can do as far as rushing the passer.” – Jay Gruden
“Steady Eddie (Alfred Morris). He just comes to work every day, he makes his reads, he makes his cuts, does what he’s supposed to do. Just about everything about him is an impressive to me — the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he practices. You never hear a peep from him. If I throw the ball 10 times in a row in practice, and he’s in there, he doesn’t say a word. A lot of guys would be ripping their chinstrap off, ‘Give me the ball!’ But Alfred is a total team player and a total class act. He’ll get his touches, no worries about that.” – Jay Gruden
“As long as we’re progressing, that’s a win .” – Alfred Morris
“It’s a quarterback’s dream. You want to have some control at the line of scrimmage, how to be able to get out of things and protect yourself in protection. I enjoy it, it’s fun. You guys have been out here consistently, you hear us talking at the line, you hear us making checks. You might not know what they mean but I think we’re doing a good job with those checks and making sure we’re in the right place.” – Robert Griffin III
Asked what he wanted to accomplish in Monday’s game vs. the Browns, Griffin III said he hopes to “move the ball, be efficient and score points.”
“We want to go out there and win a football game. So when I’m in the game, it’s doing the best I can to make sure that happens. When he takes us out, we’ll make sure that we’re in the ear of all the guys that are playing, helping them out so we can continue to try to win games.” – Robert Griffin III
“We did a good job in the run game last week, I thought we did a nice job pressuring the quarterback. It’s a process. You’re always working on everything to get better, with the coverages and all that. We’ve got to keep improving in all facets. You’d like to keep improving the run game, the pass game, the rush, and it’s early, but we’re happy with where we’re at right now.” – Jim Haslett
“It’s great to have everybody healthy. We’ve had them out here in practice for a couple days now, and it really wasn’t that way in training camp. One was out, the other was out, both were out. So it’s good to have them both back.” Garcon agreed. “It should be fun. We do have a lot of weapons that have been banged up,” he said. “But to be out there Monday night, showing everybody our offense, it definitely will be fun and exciting and we look forward to getting out there on the field.” – Robert Griffin III
“You feel it in the air. It’s a whole different atmosphere out there. You’ve got 11 guys who want to be out there, who want to make plays, who want to make tackles and who want to be a part of the special teams unit.” – Niles Paul
“He’s caught the ball well, and that’s something he didn’t do in 2012,” said receivers coach Ike Hilliard about Aldrick Robinson. “He’s always been a smart kid. Everyone knows his biggest asset is his speed. He’s playing more under control.” “He’s becoming a more complete receiver,” offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. “He’s showing more route versatility.” “I feel different,” Robinson said.
“It was a lot of highs and a lot of lows, which I guess is always training camp. I wanted all highs, but that’s the game of football. It was cool. It was definitely a challenge to come out here every day, focus, try to be consistent, work hard, and then, when the day is over, to reach out to the fans and do the helmet walk. But, awesome, awesome first training camp. Happy I made it out in one piece, which is always the goal. It can only go forward from here.” – Trent Murphy
Jay Gruden said Monday that Robert Griffin III holds “the keys to the franchise.” “There’s been a lot of good. There’s been some bad, as most QBs go through training camp,” Gruden added. “Overall, I think he’s making progress at a good rate.” – Jay Gruden
“It’s unfortunate for him because he was progressing very well and he needs the reps to do what we’re going to ask him to do on game day, and if he’s not available to get these reps, it’s going to hurt his progress. Injuries happen, unfortunately to him it seems like more often than not. He’s got to figure out a way to stay healthy. …He’s got to get back on the field, there’s no question about it.” – Jay Gruden on Chris Thompson
“It’s definitely exciting. Being a running back, you want to have a chance to help your team succeed, and for them to come out and put it on the ground so much, plus have success, so they were like, ‘Hey, we’re making the right decision. We should keep doing this.’ Just to keep us involved, especially since running backs are being devalued around the league, just to have a new coach to come in and see our ability and allow us to go out there and have some fun, and to compete.” – Alfred Morris
Below is head coach Jay Gruden’s press conference from Friday: