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Need to Know: Notes from Redskins camp –Gruden is looking for a physical mindset

Aug 10, 2014, 5:14 AM EST

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RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 10, eight days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

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—I tweeted yesterday that it didn’t look like there was a specific timetable for the returns of Stephen Bowen and Leonard Hankerson from the PUP list. I was right, Jay Gruden didn’t know much about the timing of their rehabs from knee injuries. ““I really don’t {know],” he said. That’s something Larry [Hess] will have to talk to you about, but they are working their tail off and you can see progress. Every day I see Leonard out there working hard, running routes, with Larry on the side doing everything he can in his power to get ready. Whether it’s going to be for the season opener, whether it’s later, we don’t know yet. Same with Bowen. Bowen, I talked to him today, he said he felt as good as he’s ever felt in a long time, so that’s progress that he’s making.” One note, Hess, the head athletic trainer, has not talked to the media since he has been with the team so we are unlikely to get any clarity from him.

—Gruden is more optimistic about Ryan Clark’s hamstring but he’s not really sure because of the nature of the injury. “Well, I don’t know – it’s a hamstring,” he said. “Those things are… anybody who’s pulled a hamstring, you never know, but Ryan has the treatment that he needs. He’s getting all the work done that he has to get done and he’ll be ready I think sooner than later but you just never know with those things.”

—Jason Hatcher returned from the PUP list and he took part in practice in a very limited manner. He said he’s feeling better but that you never really know until you get back into it. “Yeah, my explosion is kind of there, but it’s one of those things that I’ve got to work through,” he said. “Getting a 300-pound human being laying on me and see how I respond from there. So it’s one of those things I’ve got to work through.”

—Gruden wants players who have a particular mindset and he’s trying to sort out who does and who doesn’t. “That’s what we are trying to do. We’re trying to adopt a physical style of play, obviously,” he said. “Offense and defense, protect the quarterback, dominant in the run blocking, and obviously stopping the run and getting after the passer are very key elements. But there’s other elements that’s very important in football – your mindset is very important, how you handle bad events, how mentally tough you are and when things don’t go so well from a week to two weeks or from a play to a quarter, whatever it is, how you react.

—Hatcher was asked about how he will feel when the Redskins play the Cowboys. He didn’t play the typical “it’s just another game” today. “Oh man, it’s going to be a little strange, but it’s going to be very, very, very exciting because it’s a new team and, like I said, I’m looking forward to playing with these guys,” he said. “I played against these guys and they just – they don’t stop. So it’s going to be a good game Monday night, but that’s not where my focus is at right now.”

If you have any questions about what’s going on at training camp, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Today’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 224 days since the Redskins played a game; in 28 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Monday night preseason vs. Browns 8; Final cuts 20; Home opener vs. Jaguars 35

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  1. deepball1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    LOVE THE VIDEO. Just because.

  2. kenlinkins - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Rich: After reviewing the game and the roster, I can see about 20 roster spots that are not yet locked down on the 53 man roster. The next 2 preseason games are going to be very important to about 40 guys (just like a real NFL team). While no one can say they know for sure just what coach Gruden is thinking, IMO the new coaching staff might feel that they see a few guys that they can develop and will keep them around. One major reason for the Redskins poor showing over the last 4 years was a real lack of developing some guys with talent (i.e. coaching). There was very little progress made after the draft and way too many “value” picks that did not work out due to IMO poor position coaching. It will be very interesting to see just how coach Gruden views many of the 2011,2012 and even 2013 draft picks vs. guys the GM signed and drafted in 2014. There could be many Redskins with names we all know looking for a job very soon! IMO there are many guys on the depth chart today that will either A. Play themselves off, or B. be over taken in the next two weeks by someone who has been coached up and shows he will take the next step over the season. These next two weeks are where head coach’s really make their money. Again, so far I like what I am seeing from this coaching staff.

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