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Need to Know: Redskins Park quick hits–Ex-QB Gruden couldn’t slide either

Aug 21, 2014, 4:58 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 21, two days before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

Redskins Park quick hits

The buzz from Redskins Park on Wednesday:

—There never was much of a competition but Keenan Robinson has won the job to succeed London Fletcher at Mike linebacker. “He’s the first team Mike linebacker for sure,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Robinson. “He’s done a great job, he’s flying around, and so far he’s done nothing to relinquish that.”

Chris Thompson got back to practice but Gruden did not sound too bullish on his prospects of playing against the Ravens. “Chris Thompson was limited; he went in individual drills only,” said Gruden. “Still looked a little tentative on it but he was doing it which was a good start, but he’s got a little ways to go.” If Thompson missed the Ravens game his shot at a roster spot would come down to the fourth and final preseason game in Tampa Bay.

—Gruden jokingly lamented that the new illegal contact emphasis came after he was only responsible for the offensive side of the ball as the coordinator in Cincinnati. “Being an offensive coordinator the last three years, the rule [illegal contact] has always been in place,” he said. “I don’t know why they didn’t call it the last three years when I was an Offensive Coordinator.”

—The coach especially didn’t like the two false starts called against Robert Griffin III. On the press conference podium he tried to demonstrate how difficult it was to yell “hut!” loud enough to be heard in noisy stadium you almost had to bob your head. “That to me was a little insane.”

—Gruden was on something of a comic roll. Asked if he knew how to slide when he played quarterback (Louisville and the Arena League), he laughed and said, ““No. I usually just got killed. That’s why I limp a lot.”

—Leonard Hankerson doesn’t think he’ll play in any of the preseason games. He thinks he’ll be ready to come off of the PUP list in two weeks but final cuts are nine days away. The odds that he will start the season on the PUP list, which would put him on the shelf for a minimum of six weeks, seem pretty strong.

—Gruden said that Jason Hatcher was good to go for his Redskins debut in Baltimore. “Yeah, he did practice and team drills today,” he said. “He’s fired up and ready to go. He looked good today. So, he’s going to play against Baltimore and we’re excited to see him in his first action as a Redskin.”

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, 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: Practice 11:00 a.m.; Player availability and Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 1:00).

—It’s been 235 days since the Redskins played a game; in 17 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 9; Home opener vs. Jaguars 24; Redskins @ Eagles 31

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  1. deepball1 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Can Robert Griffin just SHUT UP! He keeps talking but here isn’t DOING. No TD passes. An interception. Comes up limping during a big bird slide, runs downfield looking to collide with several linebackers, etc, etc etc.

    He doesn’t have to tell us about his greatness in every interview. He doesn’t have to inform us that he is working on protecting himself. How about not making excuses for why he doesn’t run out of bounds…”this guy turned in…that guy over there forced me to the inside” etc etc etc. How about just doing it instead of talking about it.

    How about producing on the field and not in interviews.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Griffin is a starting NFL QB. He gets asked questions. He answers them.

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  2. kenlinkins - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Hearing that Hatcher is ready to go is the best news out of Redskins park this week. I want to see how he fits in the Redskins 3-4 defense and how much the Redskins benefit from him being on the field. K. Robinson seems to be playing OK at the M-LB position but I think he and Riley are still not totally in sync yet. Letting Hankerson and Bowen stay on the PUP List for a while is the right thing to do at this point as both are not really needed yet and it keeps the Redskins from having to make two roster moves early. C Thompson’s injury will cost him his spot on the 53 man roster IMO. As for RG3, he is about where I figured he would be now. He is making the right reads but doing it too slow and seems to be late getting the ball out throwing from the pocket, but this is normal QB development. RG3 is IMO making progress again as a NFL QB, his development is coming along. Anyone thinking he would look like P. Manning by now just doesn’t understand the process. Last year RG3 went backwards and picked up a few bad habits which seemed to be corrected by the new head coach. My concern is just how much trust he has in his O-Line and if the right side can not protect him in the pocket, will he lose what he has gained year to date? There is still a long list of things that require refinement on this team and I still see them at no better than 8-8 in 2014, but I do see a lot of progress and better talent coming the Redskins way. There seems to be a few young guns pushing for roster spots and IMO the Redskins would be better served by keeping and developing them starting this year (even if it cost them some dead money to do it). There are so many bubble guys right now that I have a hard time keeping up with them. I will be watching for some one them to brake out in the last two preseason games.

    • colmac69 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Some gd points made…… couple yrs what odds our starting sec is amerson..breeland..thomas and rambo? With ravens top three corners all missing sat game it should be ideal time for the passing game in first half esp……also curious to c how they spread running game about

  3. gasngo14 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    I am so happy to hear Moses AND Long will now work on the right side and may get some 1st team reps against the Ravens …hey rookies its your chance to take the starting job, we sure could use both of you! Best of luck and take it away! HTTR!

  4. bowlregard - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Could Chris Thompson end up on the PS?

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      He is eligible, would not be surprising for him to en dup there.

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