It looks like the Redskins are more than ready for the regular season to start.
On a first day of September that was steamier than almost any July or August day they encountered during training camp, the team started its preparation for its season opener against the Texans. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that it was a, uh, lively session.
“You can see, little edgy, little chippy out there today,” the first-year head coach said with a smile. “Trent [Williams] got in some brawls today, not brawls, but little arguments, little pushing and shoving. I think it was a great tempo today. I think guys were focused in and honed in and they're ready for the season to start.”
When asked for comment, Williams smiled and said that it sure was hot out there.
The practice field was noticeably less crowded that it has been all summer. Gruden, Bruce Allen, and the rest of the staff had cut down from 90 players to a 53-man active roster plus 10 on the practice squad over the previous 10 days. Gruden was glad to be out of the evaluation phase and into the preparation phase.
“You know, the reps, you're getting the reps for the people that are going to be in there, which is exciting,” he said. “You can hone in on a plan with the people that are going to be playing instead of mixing and trying to sub and trying to find out who you're best 53 is. Now you know who they are and now you know who your starters are and you really get to work on your opponent and it's fun for guys."
The real fun starts on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they kick off in NRG Stadium.