RICHMOND—Jay Gruden said he was “satisfied” with the level of intensity and tempo of Monday’s practice, which featured something not seen at Redskins practice in a while: Players wearing helmets, shoulder pads and pants and a participating in ‘live’ hitting sessions.
“Overall, I thought the tempo was great,” Gruden said. “Offense had some good looks. Defense had some good looks. You’re pretty satisfied as a coach. It’s a great learning experience and the physicality up front is where it needs to be. There’s some improvement, obviously, that needs to be done from certain guys. But overall you’ve got to like the intensity and the pad level.”
Gruden expects to have more practices in full pads but he did not commit to any more ‘live’ hitting days.
“We might see them in full pads again, but I doubt we’ll do any live drills,” Gruden said. “I don’t mind going full pads, getting used to the full pads. But as far as going live and bringing people to the ground with the physical mentality, we probably won’t do that very often.”
The Redskins called off Monday afternoon’s walkthrough and will take Tuesday off. They’ll return to the Bon Secours Training Center for practice on Wednesday morning.
Some other notes from Gruden’s new conference:
- As we mentioned earlier, Gruden does not believe wide receiver Pierre Garçon’s hamstring injury is serious. “He just had a little soreness,” Gruden said. “He’ll be okay.” Garçon came up lame during an early drill and sat out as a precaution.
- Gruden was not as sure about cornerback Courtney Bridget, who suffered an apparent shoulder injury. “He’s going to go get an MRI on his shoulder and we’ll see where he stands,” the coach said. “We don’t know the extent of the injury.” Bridget, an undrafted free agent out of Hampton, is the biggest corner on the roster at 6 foot 3, 195-pounds.
- On rookie offensive tackle Morgan Moses' progress: "He's doing good. He's playing left tackle right now. We'll start to switch him over to the right side here shortly. We're just trying to get him a good feel for the offense, and his position of strength right now is as a left tackle, because that's what he played the last two years at Virginia. Next week, we'll start him on the right side and see how he does and go from there. ...He's got a long way to go, but he's getting there."
- On Everette Brown, who was signed Monday morning: “He’s going to be another pass rusher on the edge and play outside linebacker. He’s played 4-3 defensive end and he’s played a little outside linebacker, so we’re going to give him a look at outside linebacker and see what he does.” Brown, who had 10 tackles and a sack in seven games with the Cowboys last season, will wear No. 51 and replace Brandon Jenkins. Jenkins was cut Sunday.