On RB Adrian Peterson’s performance:
"I thought he did a really nice job -- tall order. The guy just got here, got up to speed fast and all of a sudden he’s getting a bunch of touches in a football game, so I thought he did a great job. Like I said, getting up to speed mentally, knowing what we’re doing – and then I thought going out there and just playing – still looks pretty strong and explosive. I thought it was good to get in a rhythm to see what he can still do."
On the importance of getting Peterson reps tonight:
"Yeah the one highlight for us probably in the first half was us being able to run the football a little bit. It was nice to get into a rhythm. I thought the guys up front – get those five guys back [offensive line] together for the first time – I thought they played great and really set the tone for us, getting us going. So yeah, it was good to see."
On how he would describe his performance:
"Not where it needed to be. I would love to have come back and any time you rip off a seven-yard run on the first play, you’re rolling and then all of a sudden you take a sack, put us at third-and-long and start the game with two three-and-outs. It’s tough to get into a rhythm when you do that. We were able to get a little bit going there those last couple drives. Got some good situational work, got a bunch of third downs that we’ll be able to learn from. Two fourth downs, we were able to convert on one. So there’ll be some stuff for us to look at and I think get better at. You expect to go out and execute. I get that we’re not full-strength, we’re not showing everything, but at the same time, you want to go out there and play your best. So, we’ll learn from it and get better."
On timing of game action after taking only a few series:
"You’re able, at least in practice scenarios. Some of the guys that aren’t playing in games can be out there because we aren’t tackling to the ground and the risk of injury is obviously less. I’ve been able to take advantage of those reps when you get them with the guys at practice. I feel like last week, to get a full week of practice against the Jets, was great work for us in a real environment like that. I mean, it’s our job just too kind of take advantage of the reps when you get them, whether they [are] on the side, in practice, out here in the limited reps in preseason games. Make the most of them and get yourself up to speed, that’s kind of on all of us, but I do feel like we’ve got the majority of our work in practice."
On preseason game performance compared to the first regular season game:
"A lot there. It’d be tough for me to talk about anything that’s gone on in years past. Obviously, I wasn’t here so it’d purely be speculative. I think you’ve got to take every single year different. Rosters change, scenarios change, circumstances all change. You try to balance it out the best you can. Like I said, I feel like we’ve gotten great work all offseason, all camp. As good as it would feel to sit up here and play amazing and win a game, the goal is to find out about our 53 guys that are going to make the team and obviously be ready to roll come September 9th. That’s the goal and I think keeping that in mind, I do feel like we’re headed down that path. The proof will be in the pudding for us. We’ve got to be ready to roll come September 9th. For me, I feel like that’s been the focus since we’ve started way back in April. That’s all we’ve been talking about since the schedule came out."
On his comfort with the wide receivers:
"I feel like it's something that never ends, the work with wide outs, the perimeter and the entire route. Whether it be tight ends, running backs, quarterbacks, it's something that never ends. You’re constantly working. You’re constantly trying to get better. There’s no place you get to where you’re like all of a sudden, ‘Hey we’re good now, we don’t need to work anymore.’ That’s just not the way it is. We have a group that works really hard. We’ve put in a lot of work together and that’s what it takes, it takes reps, it takes timing. Like I said, it just never ends, you continuously strive and can work at it. We’ve got a group that does that. They put in the work, they put in the time the attention to detail and like I said it doesn’t stop. Next week it won’t stop and in season you just continuously work on it and try to fine tune.”
On playing without WR Jamison Crowder, TE Jordan Reed and RB Chris Thompson:
"Any offense is going to be better with all the weapons out there, of course. Hopefully we’ll have them all out and ready to roll, I’m hopeful for that. At the same time, whether that’s the case or not, we’re going to kick off and we’re going to play. We have to be ready to roll. At the same time, we have a lot of depth on the team. If that’s the case out there, then great, if not, then we still have to go. We still have to find a way to put points on the board and win a ball game. I guess that’s my mindset to answer your question."
On if he wanted to go back in the game in the fourth quarter:
"I wasn’t a part of any of those conversations. For me, obviously, just staying ready and then was told that my night was done and Colt [McCoy] was going in. So yeah, I wasn’t a part of those [conversations]."
On his reaction to RB Adrian Peterson joining the Redskins:
"I knew we were bringing a bunch of guys in to work out, I knew Adrian was one of them. We’re pretty banged up at the running back position right now, so again, I’m excited for him. I’ve known Adrian going all the way back to the Heisman ceremony we [attended] together back in college. I was excited to see what he still had. I was so excited to see it tonight a little bit – to see what was left in the tank. He’s a guy that takes really good care of himself, works really hard, keeping himself in shape. He’s still pretty explosive so it was nice to see here."