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Quotes: Jay Gruden (10-27-2017)

Posted Oct 27, 2017

A transcript of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden's press conferences October 27, 2017.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

 On injuries:

“Out will be Spencer Long, knee; Ty Nsekhe, core muscle; Mason Foster, shoulder. We’re having a planned surgery for Mason. Questionable will be Brandon Scherff, knee; Preston Smith, groin; Trent Williams, knee; [Tyler] Catalina, concussion; [Deshazor] Everett, hamstring; [Stefan] McClure, knee/hamstring; Fabian Moreau, hamstring; Morgan Moses, ankle; [Josh] Norman, ribs; and Bashaud Breeland, knee.”

 On LB Mason Foster’s injury:

“Well, he’s got a torn labrum – he’s been dealing with the issue for some time now and I think the pain has become an issue. He wants to get it fixed now.”

On if Foster will be placed on IR:

“Yeah, likely. Yes.”

On how Foster’s injury impacts the team:

“Well, it impacts. He’s a starter. Now [Will Compton] and obviously [Martrell] Spaight and Josh Harvey-Clemons. We’re OK but we’ll miss Mason, without a doubt.”

On if LB Will Compton will start in place of Foster:

“Compton and Spaight will handle the missing Mason Foster, yes.”

On the situation at center:

“Chase [Roullier] will be the starting center. And we brought in Tony [Bergstrom] to be the backup center. So we have two. Then obviously, Shawn Lauvao has played center in the past, hopefully it doesn’t come down to that.”

On CB Josh Norman’s status:

“He’s been cleared but we still have to make sure that he’s OK after practice today and make sure there’s no repercussions tomorrow. But it looks like he’s going to be fine.”

On the plan if G Brandon Scherff can’t play:

“The plan would be Catalina at guard, if he can go. We have T.J. [Clemmings], he’ll be playing tackle if Trent [Williams] can’t go, but if Trent can go, we could also play him at guard. So we’ve been putting guys all over the joint here, as of late. We’ll find somebody in there.”

On if LB Preston Smith will be available to play in a limited role on Sunday:

“Yeah, I think so. I think so. He’s feeling pretty good. I think Preston will probably be one of those guys we’ll get a good workout in pregame warmup and see how he’s feeling and if he feels like he can go, we’ll get him in there in some kind of role – some kind of capacity. That’s the case with a lot of these guys, quite frankly.”

On if LB Junior Galette and LB Ryan Anderson will play more if Smith can’t go:

“Oh, yeah, yeah. And Chris Carter.”

On how the weather affects his game planning for Sunday:

“Yeah, that’s a good point. I think we’ll have to wait and see. That’s something that we can’t control. We’ll wait and see on game day if it’s an issue. The good thing is, Kirk [Cousins] really throws a good wet ball and throws the ball really good in the wind. We learned that at Green Bay – against Green Bay – last year when he threw for all those yards in 30 mph winds. He can handle the wind and rain. He’s very good but it can have an effect. But to what effect, we’ll find out on Sunday.”

On Foster’s injury:

“He’s been trying to play with it, and hats off to him for fighting through the injury, you know what I mean? There’s certain, I guess, categories of what he has right now and his is pretty painful. He can’t sleep at night. He wants to get it fixed and I don’t blame him. He fought through a couple games for us and I think just the pain has been unbearable for him. His range of motion isn’t there and he wants to get it fixed.”

On S DeAngelo Hall:

“I think we want to get him in practice – let him move around a little bit and get him back to making calls and run around on scout team a little bit. He is making great progress and I think he’s a guy that can be useful for us when we need him. And it could be next week.”

On how well TE Jordan Reed and TE Vernon Davis work together:

“Well, they are both great players. They both bring something a little bit different to the team. Jordan is a really good option route runner and he can get down the field and all that stuff. Vernon is a straight-up speed guy that can really blaze down the field. Vernon is also really good in the core as far as blocking and Jordan is getting a lot better at blocking. So those two together really are a great combination. They complement each other really well and they help the outside guys also. When those two guys are right – and even Niles Paul for that matter – we have three-tight-ends sets that are pretty effective too. You get them in base defense and we are working on linebackers and safeties, those guys are pretty good, all effective.”

On if he imagined that the running backs and tight ends would be the focus of the passing game:

“Oh, yeah.”

On Cover 0 blitzes and the challenges they present the offense:

“I think, one, we have to be in-tune with the protection. Where is our free player coming from? Obviously if you can get an audible and get into your max protection you would love to do that, but sometimes if you’re on the road and you’ve already started the process of the tap and the snap count, they come late. Arizona got us a couple times last year and Philly got us this past weekend where we had already started the process of the silent count and it was too late to get an audible. So then you have to adjust and find your quick element and we haven’t been very effective at that. We had a couple others where we picked it up and he was able to find his quick element and make some completions. But it’s all about timing. It’s all about getting your protection right and then if you do have a free player, know where he is, drift away from it and make a good throw. Hopefully the play has some quick elements to it.”

On if Foster has been put on IR:

“Not yet. We just found out this morning that that’s what he wanted to do… We will probably put him on IR here in about three hours, two hours before the waiver wire. He will probably show up on there today.”

On if the team will probably sign somebody when Foster goes to IR:

“Likely, yes.”

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