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Top 10 Quotes: Second Week Of OTAs

With the second week of Organized Team Activities complete, here is a list of the best quotes after Wednesday's practice, as compiled by

1. Head coach Jay Gruden: "All of us are learning about each other and trying to do right because this is a different defense than we're used to seeing, than we're accustomed to in OTA's. We're learning as an offensive group. We're learning about [defensive coordinator] Joe Barry's scheme. They're learning about our scheme… and they're getting more and more reps and more and more confidence, which is good." 


Check out images from the Washington Redskins' OTA practice on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

  1. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson:** "With me going on my eighth year, and I think it's Robert's fourth year, time with each other, time that we spend on this field and time we spend hanging out and things like, that it's only going to get better. So I look forward to him growing and me growing and us growing together… It's a team effort and everybody has to be on one page and one accord to be able to accomplish what we want to accomplish, so I think nothing but the best out of that and we just have to keep working towards that."

3. Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry: "The character on this team is outstanding. There are going to be ups and downs in a season, and that's when you really need those character guys. That's when you need veteran leadership. I think at each group we really have great veteran leadership. You've got a guy like Jason Hatcher with the front, you've got a guy like Ryan Kerrigan with the linebackers, you've got a guy like Dashon Goldson and DeAngelo Hall in the back end. That's what you want. You want great players, but you want great players with great character, and we've got that."

4. Safety Duke Ihenacho: "Joe B. is really active and really into it, and he knows exactly what he wants so he's going to demand you to do exactly what he wants. I like that about him. He has a lot of energy. He coaches with a lot of passion."

5. Defensive lineman Kedric Golston: OTA's have been exciting trying to learn new techniques, trying to grow as a player and as a team. It's been nothing but good stuff. I think we've been getting after it in practice, so hopefully we just continue to use this as a stepping stone to propel us into the season.

6. Linebacker Trent Murphy: "There's always pressure on everyone, so I always put a lot of pressure on myself. I have a lot of high expectations for myself. I'm upset every day if I don't do something right or if I lose a rep, so there's always pressure."


  1. Offensive lineman Spencer Long:** "I had a lot going on my rookie year, just trying to keep my head above water. It was a whole new experience, whole new place, whole new offense, whole new tempo, whole new level of difficulty and competition, and it's just so much smoother this year. It's a night and day difference just coming right in. You feel like your body is already used to it, you know what to expect, and you're used to the speed so the transition has been a lot smoother."

8. Offensive lineman Brandon Scherff: "The season doesn't start for another two or three months so we've got plenty of time to catch up but I'm just trying to improve each and every day. We've gone a long way since minicamp so that's a plus…The game is starting to slow down just a little bit and you start to see things a little faster than you did in rookie minicamp so that's good."

9. Linebacker Preston Smith: "I'm just staying in my playbook and working every single day and asking help from the veterans and the coaches whenever I think that there's a need for it."

10. Offensive lineman Trent Williams: "There's no point in risking anything right now, any suffering, any setbacks. Training camp is probably the most vital thing that I need to be ready for."




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