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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes–Gruden impressed with Morris

Aug 15, 2014, 4:48 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 15, three days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

Nickel coverage

—With Johnny Manziel coming to town and likely to play a half (either the first or second) against the Redskins, Robert Griffin III was asked if he knew his fellow former Heisman Trophy winner and was asked to compare himself to Johnny Football. “I know him OK,” he said. “We’re part of the Nissan Heisman House together. I’ve had a chance to talk to him but my job’s not to compare. Anybody that wants to compare, I’m sure they’ll just say both of us are real fast, guys that can play backyard football at times, we both want to win.”

—I asked Adam Hayward, who is likely to be the Redskins’ new special teams captain, if he knew about what went on with the kicking units last year. It sounds like he’s starting from scratch. “I wasn’t here,” he said. “I look at it as it wasn’t my problem because I wasn’t here to fix it and try to help make it better.”

—Jay Gruden is a huge Alfred Morris fan. It’s not just that the third-year back could help the first-year coach win a lot of games with his rushing ability; Gruden also likes the way Morris works and practices. “Alfred is Steady Eddie. He just comes to work every day,” said Gruden. He makes his reads, he makes his cuts, does what he’s supposed to do. He’s just an impressive kid… Just everything about him is impressive to me – the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he practices.”

—Gruden was clearly focused on what was going in during Thursday’s practice, which lasted about two and a half hours. But he did note what a nice day it was for mid-August in the D. C. area. “It’s a great day out here today, the weather was – I don’t know what it was, 75 degrees? – it was beautiful,” he said. “I needed a golf club. It was a great day and a great intensity. We got a lot done today so it was fun to see.”

—Griffin was asked if he has talked to Kyle Shanahan since he was fired as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator. He said no without saying it. “We’ll leave that where it’s at,” he said. Will he talk with Kyle if he runs into him before the game? “Yeah, it’s not that kind of relationship that we wouldn’t talk,” he said. “So if I get a chance to see him, chance to talk to him, I definitely will.

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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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 8:35 a.m., players available and Jay Gruden news conference after practice.

—It’s been 229 days since the Redskins played a game; in 23 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Redskins at Ravens 8; Final cuts 15; Home opener vs. Jaguars 30

Redskins happy to be home, have top threats back on the field

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  1. shermanp79 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    1) RG3 needs not to worry about Manziel, he has enough going on, he doesn’t need to start comparing plays etc… This was more of a question, I don’t think there will be any kind of competition, other than them both wanting to be the best they can. It will be interesting to see with Kyle there what their offense looks like during the game while he is playing. expect Hoyer to run the offense more like what Cousins did when he was on the field.

    2)I like Hayward as the Captain, it’s one reason I believe Paul could be cut, they can find other ST guys, this Staff have made ST a priority, something Shanahan failed to do. I think Paul is too small and can’t block. I guess he could come closer to filling in for Reed but I think they prefer a guy who can do both. That is why they brought someone else in this late.

    3)Morris is the guy he has been since being Drafted. A hard working and humble guy. He wants to get better. He looked a bit quicker and I think he will do OK catching the ball. Having the threat of it helps, giving defenses something else to think about. There will be more for defenses to think about, they won’t be able to so easily read what play is coming. That is something that killed this offense last year. Gruden will mix things up with personnel, scheme and play calling. I think it was a major disappointment under the Shanahans. Honestly I think that offense has failed a lot with Kubiak too. He lost so many big games. Maybe it’s the smaller OLs ? IDK what it is but have noticed it over the years. It will be interesting with him in Baltimore. I think Morris has a great year and maybe a better year even with the other backs being used more, he may only get 1200 yards but will catch more and maybe fumble less, something that started to happen last year. Even in the ProBowl.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Niles Paul is not going to be cut. Even if he’s not ST captain he is too valuable on those units to get rid of. Zero chance.

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    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      “I believe Paul could be cut, they can find other ST guys, this Staff have made ST a priority, something Shanahan failed to do. I think Paul is too small and can’t block. ”

      Paul has been hailed for his blocking as a WR and recently as a TE. Where did you ever get the impression he can’t block? He is one of the most physical players we have. Paul is an asset to this team and is still developing as a TE. He’ll be among the final 53!

  2. colmac69 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I believe morris will get 1500 if he stays healthy and o-line perform…gd point bout fumbles which was problem last yr….think paul a sure thing to b on team

    Have we any idea yet rich how long starters will play Monday night?

  3. gasngo14 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    A Morris is just plain awesome! I also think we keep Paul for STs. It’s exciting to see our team having so much fun again, been a long time since I have seen this type of attitude, can’t wait for week 1. HTTR!

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