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Quotes: Jay Gruden And Jamison Crowder (08-07-2017)

Posted Aug 7, 2017

A transcript of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and wide receiver Jamison Crowder's press conferences August 7, 2017.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

On the confrontation between CB Bashaud Breeland and WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. in walkthrough:

“It’s been resolved hopefully. They just had a little argument. It happens. So we just cooled it down and stopped the drill for them and let somebody else take the reps.”

On how Gruden helps players handle their emotions:

“I think we’re all emotional right now. This late in camp, I think people get a little bit emotional from time to time. It’s no different. We’ve had some pushing and shoving with the linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and outside backers, so it happens.”

On the latest on WR Josh Doctson:

“He had an MRI and will be day-to-day… A little, slight pull. He has a pulled hamstring.”

On how often there is pushing and shoving in a walkthrough:

“It doesn’t happen very often in a walkthrough, to be honest with you, but it does happen from time to time.”

On if he feels they “dodged one” with Doctson’s injury:

“Yeah, you just never know with the severity of these hamstrings really and some people recover faster than others. It’s just a matter of him getting in the training room and rehabbing it and taking the time and making sure he gets back 100 percent before he gets back out there. That’s the big thing is we don’t want this to be a reoccurring thing so we have got to make sure we get it right.” 

On if last year’s injuries will affect their timeline for Doctson’s return:

“I think this is a different injury, a difference set of circumstances, so we will treat it accordingly.”

On what advice he would give to rookies before their first preseason game:

“That’s a good question. I think just play with your poise and, you know, be fundamentally sound and do the best you can with your assignments and then play hard. That’s all you’ve got to do, just play hard. They’ve been schooled up since OTAs – the majority of them, rookie minicamp – and have had a whole offseason and now training camp. They should be ready to roll. I’m excited to watch them all. You know, I think they’ve all shown they’re worth a roster spot, now it’s a matter of them going out and performing and showing what they have.”

On if there are injury updates on TE Jordan Reed or LB Preston Smith:

“No, nothing.”

On if there have been more hamstring injuries in camp this year:

“No, we have Jamison [Crowder], [Josh] Doctson. Spaight was a hamstring, that’s three. [Su’a Cravens] was cramping, I think. [Maurice] Harris was a knee… I think you look around the league and look at the injury reports right now, I think everybody has four or five guys with hamstrings or calves. We have a calf. This happens, guys are running a lot.”

On if he has his plan for the starters for Thursday’s preseason opener:

“No, I’m going to come up with that. I have a general idea but I’m going to wait and see how we come out of this practice here today. We’re going to be in shells today and then tomorrow we’ll be in shorts, so we should be OK, but I just want to make sure we have healthy bodies [and] who they are.

On if S DeAngelo Hall will play in the preseason:

“I don’t have a feel for that yet. You know, he’s rehabbing and he’s very, very, very close. So, I like his progress. The trainers like where he’s at but we’ll wait and see.”

On C Spencer Long:

“He’s done a good job. He’s a strong kid, man, he really is. You know, he missed a day or two because he was ill, but he’s done a good job. He’s progressed along for it being his first time playing center, I mentioned that a couple days ago. You know, he’s got it down. He just has got to continue to work on his craft. He’s got a ways to go, like everybody else, does but I like his progress. I like him in there as the starting center, man, it feels good.”

On the foundation of his relationship with Breeland:

“We’ve been with him now – this is our fourth year together, right? – this will be our fourth year together. I’ve got a good sense of who he is. I really do. I think he’s a very competitive individual and he wants to be great. I have no problem with that. Sometimes he does get a little heated from time to time, as do a lot of other guys, as do I. So we just have got to channel our emotions and take it out on the other team, not on our own players.”

On if he and the team are excited to finally face another team on Thursday:

“No question. You welcome a game right about now. We’re excited about it. I think it’s good that we’re out of pads today. It’ll take the edge off just a little bit. We’re going to still have competitive periods here and there, but it’ll take the edge off a little bit. The big thing is I want to make sure they hit Thursday running. A lot of these young guys have been running a lot and working hard, so I want to make sure they have a full tank of gas come Thursday evening at Baltimore. It’ll be a great opportunity for them and hopefully they’re up to the task.”

On if confrontations in practice can be viewed as a good sign:

“Yeah. It happens. I would be surprised if there were any NFL camps that haven’t had a pushing and shoving match at all. We’ve had a couple of them out here and every year I’ve had a couple of them. Heck, it’s just what it is. It’s pro football. Guys are competing to make the team, competing to be the best they can be and sometimes they get a little edgy. So we just have to control it every now and then.”

WR Jamison Crowder 

On how he’s feeling:

“I’m doing better. You know, it’s kind of day to day. Yeah, it gets a little frustrating not being able to go out there and compete, but I think right now my health is the most important thing and just being ready for Week 1.”

On if he feels behind because of his injury:

“No, I don’t feel like I’m behind. You know, we did a lot in OTAs. Coming out here is pretty much just kind of really getting back into it, but I don’t feel like I’m behind.”

On the difficulty of simulating practice when training in the offseason:

“It’s tough when you’re training in the summer. It’s tough because the first day – the first couple days of practice – you can’t really simulate that through training. It’s always tough but hopefully next year I can try as much as possible to simulate practice. That was the issue last year, so like I said, I’m just trying to get healthy.”

On what he learned from recovering from his hamstring injury last year:

“It’s just getting back healthy. The main thing is just to try to be back and be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.”

On if he felt any lingering effects from his injury last season after he returned:

“No, I didn’t. You know, last year once I got passed it, for the regular season I was fine.”

On if he is doing anything different to train this year for a potential move outside:

“No, I didn’t do anything differently. It was just, you know, daily workouts, weight room, field work. You know, just to prepare myself to be a better receiver. You can’t really simulate taking on hits when we’re not hitting. So, I just did my daily routine, like I said, weight room and field work just to be a better receiver for this year.”

On if he is planning on retaining his role as punt returner:

“Yeah, as of now, I’m the return guy and I plan on and I hope that I can continue to be the return guy. That’s all I’ve heard.”

On the camaraderie among the wide receivers:

“I think the receivers, we’ve had a really good camp this far. As far as one on ones and making plays, just going out there and watching daily, I think that we’ve made a lot of plays. [Josh] Doctson has made a lot of catches, TP [Terrelle Pryor Sr.] has made a lot of catches, Ryan Grant, pretty much everyone across the board has made plays.  Hopefully we can continue to do that throughout camp and then the preseason and on to the regular season.”

On the intensity level in one-on-ones between the receivers and defensive backs:

“That’s just how it is – camp – and that’s what you want, the competition. You want to make each other better. You always want to go against the corners hoping that they are giving their all, because whenever the regular season comes, you’re going against the ones. Those guys are going to be tough. I think that it’s a good thing to go out there and have that competition against the DBs and, like I said, we just want to make each other better.”

On if his role will be changing in the red zone this year:

“I mean, I don’t really see my role changing. I’m going to be in the slot if I’m healthy and can go. And I think that with the addition of TP [Pryor] and [Josh] Docston coming back and with [Brian] Quick, they have height, and then Jordan Reed. I think it’ll help us out a lot tremendously in the red zone.”

On what he’s seen from WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. so far:

“I mean, there’s been a lot. His size obviously and his speed for his size and his route running, I didn’t know how well he ran routes prior to him coming here. But once we started working in the offseason and out here, you see him running routes and he has really great routes, like a smaller guy, and then obviously his playmaking ability. So I look forward to playing alongside him, I’m excited and I think we’ll have a good year.” 

On WR Josh Doctson and if he’s talked to him about his hamstring:

“I’ve talked to him. I don’t know much about the injury, how severe it is, but I think that he’ll be fine and be ready to play.”

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