With the team's practice prep for the Eagles complete, here's a list of the best quotes of the week, as compiled by Redskins.com, presented by GEICO:
10. Safety Montae Nicholson on the pulse of the locker room heading into Week 1:
"Increasing daily, just so that when kickoff comes it’s where it needs to be. We don’t wanna get there too soon so by that time when it comes we’re burnt out, and we don’t wanna get there too late. So, it’s increasing at the pace that it needs too."
9. Middle linebacker Jon Bostic on the strengths of the Redskins defense:
“We've got guys up front that are athletic. They’re physical. We can play them in different spots no matter what we’re playing up front. We've got safety’s that are calm. they’re physical in the run game. We've got corners that can play bump and run, that can play off, that can play man ... whatever we’re asking them to do. Guys inside that can run and hit. So, it’s a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things."
8. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, on how the defensive line helps the rest of the defense:
"It all starts up front, always does. With the five guys that we have ... I mean the sky’s the limit with those guys. I’m excited; they’re phenomenal human beings and football players. And they’re looking to get after players. I'd love to play with them if I was an inside linebacker."
7. Head coach Jay Gruden on the potential of second-year defensive lineman Daron Payne:
"I have high expectations for [Daron] Payne, and I think he has high expectations for himself as does everybody else in this locker room. I think he’s got a chance to be one of the dominant linemen in pro football if he keeps on this track."
6. Gruden's mindset heading into the season opener:
"We have a great group of guys here that are ready to work. I feel really good about our defensive additions, really. [Montez] Sweat, Landon Collins, obviously [Jon] Bostic. Defensively, I think we have a chance to be special, really. So, we're very encouraged by them. Obviously, our kicking game is intact with Tress [Way], Hop [Dustin Hopkins] and [Nate] Sundberg and the rest of the guys. We just have to find a way to mesh, find a way to hit some big plays, protect the football and do some things. Might be a little different here or there. If we have to win 17-13, we'll win 17-13 with a great defense. Just getting Case [Keenum] comfortable, getting the receivers around him comfortable; finding out the status of Jordan [Reed] obviously is going to be important to us."
5. Running back Chris Thompson on starting fast:
"I think everyone in this locker room ... we understand what’s ahead of us. You have to take it week by week, [but] we’ve known for a few months what our schedule is. It’s super important for us to start out fast because if we don’t, it’s going to put ourselves in a hole. I think we start out three division games in our first four or five, so we know we got to get started fast, and as long as we prepare it’s not pressure. That’s kind of how we have to go about it."
4. Corner Josh Norman on the challenge of facing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz:
"He’s one of the most-elusive, mobile quarterbacks in the league, so we have to be prepared every turn, every angle to plaster our guys. The play is not over until the guy is down and we got to understand that and be well aware of all the elements that are imposed against us with a mobile quarterback like him."
3. Quarterback Case Keenum on the challenge of playing the Eagles:
"I mean what's not a challenge? This is the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. I could sit here and name off the defenders on their team, but you guys know all of them. They have a proven track record of what they can do. Being at home, it's tough. That crowd is a really, really tough crowd. It's a hostile environment to go play. We got some young guys on our side of the ball, but heck, nobody is talking about us, nobody expects much from us. I think it’s a pretty good place to be in, man. I think we got a lot of fight in that locker room, especially on our side of the football. So I'm excited to go out there and show what we're about."
2. Adrian Peterson on fellow running back Derrius Guice:
"He kind of reminds me of myself when I was his age. [He's] just full of energy, just 100 miles per hour."
1. Dwayne Haskins on former teammate and rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin:
"Baller. That's all I'm going to say. He's gonna have a good game."
"I get excited watching him because that's my guy. He runs every route like it's his last route. He's very consistent. He blocks, catches, everything you want. I love him, the coaches love him, Case [Keenum] loves him. I'm sure he's gonna get a lot of targets on Sunday."