Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on Wednesday spoke to the media for the first time at the team's 2015 training camp. Here's five takeaways from Redskins.com's Andrew Walker.
1. The five primary players who missed various time during offseason workouts and OTAs due to injuries – DeAngelo Hall, Ryan Kerrigan, Morgan Moses, Jordan Reed and Trent Williams – should be "good to go" for training camp.
- Hall, the 12th-year veteran cornerback, underwent season-ending surgery after suffering a torn Achilles Week 3 last season against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had been participating in a limited fashion at OTAs and in minicamp.
The Redskins participated in their annual conditioning test at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on Wednesday.
- Kerrigan had been held of out the remainder of OTAs and minicamp after the outside linebacker underwent a minor left knee scope in May.
- Moses, a second-year tackle, was held out of the majority of the team's offseason workout program after undergoing foot surgery for an injury suffered in practice towards the end of last season.
- Reed, a third-year tight end, had a "little procedure" performed on his knee in late May, and was held out of the remainder of the offseason workout program after that point.
- And Williams, the team's Pro Bowl left tackle, continued to rehab his left ankle this offseason after suffering a painful injury in the 2014 season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
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2. Gruden was happy to see Kerrigan rewarded with a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.
Last season – his first coaching the Purdue product – Gruden saw Kerrigan turn in his best season in a Redskins uniform, with 13.5 sacks and a league-leading five forced fumbles.
Gruden said Kerrigan's production on the field is a testament to his hard work off of it.
"You love rewarding guys like that that actually perform and play well for you and play hard," Gruden said. "We'd love to have a locker room full of Ryan Kerrigans, that's for sure. We're happy for him. I'm happy they got the deal done and he can put it behind him. He can just move forward and do what he always does and that's just prepare hard and play hard."
From here, Gruden said Kerrigan has the ability to elevate his game even more to be considered among the league's elite defensive playmakers.
"He can do it all. He's an accountable guy," Gruden said. "He's never had an issue off the field here, been late to a meeting. Like I said, his work ethic is outstanding. He's a great example for younger players and he's going to get better as years go on."
3. Contract talks with Williams, meanwhile, are ongoing, but Gruden doesn't expect that to be a distraction at all.
Williams – a three-time Pro Bowler – is currently playing the final season of his rookie contract. His representatives have been discussing an extension with Redskins front office personnel since early in the offseason.
"Whatever happens happens, but we expect Trent [Williams] to be full go," Gruden said. "I saw him out there running today and he looked like a gazelle. He is in great shape and great spirits. He's going to work hard no matter what the contract situation is, I know it. We'll let that work out."
Gruden said Williams and the Redskins will worry about "the first day of training camp" and everything that follows, and let the rest play out naturally.
"Trent is going to be a big part of our team," Gruden said.
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4. Gruden is looking forward to seeing quarterback Robert Griffin III put in work at training camp.
Last season, Griffin III and Gruden had completed an entire training camp, preseason and first week of the regular season together before the Baylor product suffered a dislocated ankle Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, keeping him on the sideline for seven weeks.
Griffin III would eventually return to the field in 2014, but the injury stunted his on-field development in Gruden's offensive system.
But now, with another full offseason working with Gruden, offensive coordinator Sean McVay and first-year quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, Gruden believes Griffin III will show just how far he's come.
"He's going to get better. He's that type of guy," Gruden said. "We're excited about him here, the work he's put in to get his body right, the work he's put in to get his mind right. And now it's just a matter of going out here and continuing to coach our offense and watching him get better. It's a fun deal to watch, it really is, to watch a player like that improve himself every day."
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5. The Redskins want to hear it from their fans at training camp.
The standby line is moving quickly and there is still plenty of time to come out for the Washington Redskins Fan Appreciation Day at the Bon Secours Training Facility today. We hope to see you soon!
Thursday's morning walkthrough and afternoon practice signifies the third straight year the Redskins have held their training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., and Gruden – who got his first taste of Redskins training camp last year – said the support the team receives in the state capital is tremendous.
"It's a great environment here," Gruden said. "We love the area, we love the city, and we love coming down here. The players like performing in front of the crowd that's for sure. As practice goes, we have a little bit more pep in our step when we have a good crowd out here."
Gruden said he wants to hear the Redskins fans even louder this year at training camp.
"Give these guys a hand. They're going to be working hard," Gruden said. "When they make a great play, cheer for them. The good thing is that on every play there's a good play. Either the defense makes a great play or offense makes a good play. So, there should be a lot of cheering going on."