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Quotes: Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky 10-4-18

Head Coach Jay Gruden

On injuries:

"Did not participate was [Troy] Apke, hamstring; [Josh] Doctson, heel; [Shawn] Lauvao, calf. Limited were [Josh] Norman, hamstring; [Adrian] Peterson, ankle; Paul Richardson, shoulder; [Brandon] Scherff, knee. Full were Zach Brown, oblique, and Ryan Anderson, hamstring."

On WR Josh Doctson's injury:

"He got kicked in the heel on Monday on our bonus day and is sore. He'll be day to day."

On if he fears that Doctson will miss the game:

"Fear? No fear. [Laughter] I don't know he's day to day so we will have to wait to see how he improves, get him out there running, hopefully by tomorrow or the next day."

On RB Adrian Peterson:

"He did a little bit today. He did good. He did fine. We did some individual with him, got a couple of team reps and then we sent him in to get some more rehab, but he looked good. He wanted to cut a few times and did and is making progress."

On making a decision on G Shawn Lauvao's and where to play C Chase Roullier:

"Well Lauvao didn't practice today so it was an easy decision. Chase stayed at guard and [Tony] Bergstrom stayed at center."

On which day he will determine if Lauvao will play and let Chase finish the week at guard:

"Yeah, probably, something like that."

On RB Chris Thompson's health and if he looks like the same player from last season:

"Yeah I think he does. I think he's explosive and fast and physical and everything he was before the injury, if not better. He's done a great job of rehabbing. He's done a good job with the trainers and done everything they've asked him to do and he hasn’t lost a step in my opinion. You can't put a number on what he's worth to this football team. Last week, he only had one catch, but they [Packers] were doubling him a lot. They had defensive lineman dropping, trying to help them, and when they don’t he's a great match-up for us both in the passing game and pass protection. So, I've said it many, many times how important he is to this team."

On T Trent Williams playing Monday:

"Yeah, he didn’t do too much today; very limited, did some individual. But, he is progressing. He was limited."

On last year's game against the New Orleans Saints:

"A lot to learn, obviously whenever… and we knew going in, any time you play against a great quarterback with a history like Drew Brees, there is no lead safe. You have to continue playing offensively and defensively and special teams and the minute you give him a cracked door, they will kick it down and that’s what they did. We gave him a couple great opportunities. We had an interception called back because we ticky-tacked, supposedly touched a guy. Then we had an intentional grounding. We had a third-and-one we didn’t convert, a couple blown coverages we didn’t take advantage of and a two-point conversion we weren’t sound on. That’s just the way he is; he will make you pay if you are unsound in any way, shape, or form. We have to make sure we are on top of all of our fundamental plays, defensively and offensively to make sure we get this thing done."

On if the Saints game last year sticks with him more than any other losses:

"Not really. I don’t like to lose to anybody. Anytime you lose to the Cowboys or Giants or Eagles or Saints or anybody, it's not fun. But, we did have a good lead there, 15 points with five minutes to go, had a chance to step on their throat and get the win, but Drew did his thing and made a great comeback."

On what he will do if New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees sets the all-time passing yards record:

"Probably clap. [Laughter] It's a great accomplishment man. You have any coach or player in this league, you have got to have the utmost respect for what he's accomplished in his career. To have the game stop for a few minutes to congratulate him, I think it is well worth it. We've just got to get our wits about us and make sure we fight on and play the next play. That’s all we can do."

On New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas:

"They have an arsenal of weapons and Drew does a good job of finding the open guy, and it just so happens, its Michael Thomas quite a bit and Alvin Kamara. They also have Ted Ginn who's a good player and tight ends can play and obviously [Mark] Ingram with the running game, so it's a tough deal. The thing is he doesn’t line up in one spot, where you say, "Here he is, let's do this, let's double him here." He lines up in the slot, he lines up everywhere and he can run all the routes from outside or inside – very effective player."

On having a defender following Thomas in the formation:

"I think if he's inside, I don’t have a problem with Fabian [Moreau]. Fabian is playing very well right now in the nickel. Then, if he's outside I feel good about our two corners, both of them playing."

  Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky

On DL Matt Ioannidis' limited playing time against Green Bay:

"Well, the one thing with Aaron Rodgers is everybody knows he will catch you if you sub. Some of those situations were situations where we couldn’t sub in the personnel we wanted because of the situations with him doing that, so that’s how those circumstances arose."

On the challenges in facing a player like New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara:

"I just think he does a great job catching the ball, running the ball, great vision, great sight lines in the run game. Overall, he's a good football player and he's been showing for the last year and even in the beginning of this year. It's always a challenge for us as a defensive coaching staff and as players to make sure that we have as many people around him as humanly possible and that’s what we've got to try to do."

On the defenses key points when facing a team like the Saints:

"Well, I think the biggest thing is communication. As long as we are on the same page and we communicate and play the same coverage, we will be fine. From our standpoint, we do have a couple of young guys in the back end. But from our standpoint, hey it's the players we have out there and we’re excited to see them perform at a high fashion, so we'll be ready Monday night."

On the return of Saints RB Mark Ingram and what it does for the Saints offense:

"[He's] another good football player, great in the backfield, [and an] explosive player. Same thing, good sight lines, good vision points, good in the pass game, also in the run game, he is top notch. Dual-threat [with Alvin Kamara] – two different guys, one is a speedier guy, one is a more downhill hit, strike and make sure he shuffles through the holes, but good football players."

On the challenges of facing Saints QB Taysom Hill:

"I think any challenge when you have those two quarterbacks, you don’t know if Brees is going to be in, or number seven [Taysom Hill] is going to be there so from our standpoint we are going to try to put a little package together and see what we can do on Monday night."

On defending the wildcat formation that features Hill:

"Well he can still throw, so it doesn’t matter he's still a quarterback that plays in the National Football League. It puts us in a certain bind at times but we'll have a package for it and take it from there."

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