Coach Jay Gruden: "You want to let these guys play it out until the bitter end."

Head coach Jay Gruden speaks to the media following practice Monday.

On the status of LB Zach Brown:

"He has missed a couple days of practice but he'll be OK. [He] just has an oblique strain."

On if Brown will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season:

"I would think so, yes."

On players on the bubble to make the final roster:

"They are pressing a little bit, but they should be. There's great competitions not only for the fifty-three but there is ten practice squad spots to be had too. That's a pretty good gig also. It's going to be fun to watch these guys play; give them a look at an extended period of time. You know a lot of times they get in there for two or three plays at an end of a drill, or what have you, but now we can look at them for a whole half a whole game, a lot of them. We will see how they do over an extended period of time."

On if QB Connor Jessop will play this week against the Baltimore Ravens:

"There's a chance. We have a package of plays ready for him. He'll be ready"

On where he stands in crafting the 53-man roster:

"You know, you try not to predetermine. You want to let these guys play it out until the bitter end and thats kind of what were doing. Injuries will play a part of it; numbers at certain positions will play a part of it. Like, we dont know how many tight ends were going to keep, how many backs were going to keep, how many offensive linemen we are going to keep, and that has an impact on inside backers, safeties and corners. So, thats the biggest thing is the numbers at each position is the most difficult, and thats something we are going to have to discuss and talk about, but theres still quite a few jobs that are still open for the taking, and like I said, the 10 practice squad spots are also equally as important."

On QB Colt McCoy and potential roster moves associated with the injury:

"Yeah, Colts fine, he went to get his thumb checked out, and hes got a sprain. He should be OK. [On being the backup week one] Yeah thats the plan for sure."

On RB Adrian Peterson running behind J.P. Holtz:

"Yeah, he did, and hes run well behind a fullback in the past and hes also run well without a fullback. I think he can adapt either way. J.P. Holtz did a nice job and thats something we are considering. He can also play tight end a little bit so hed be possibly the fourth tight end slash fullback which would impact some other position whether its running back or inside backer, or offensive lineman."

On the depth at linebacker:

"Yeah, thats a tough battle right there and thats another How many are we going to keep? four, five, and thats a tough one. Theyve all shown they deserve to be linebackers in the National Football League -- even [Jerod] Fernandez has done some good things. So, watch, wait and see. Shaun Dion [Hamilton] for a rookie has come in here and done a pretty good job, [Martrell] Spaight has made some splash plays in the preseason games. [Zach] Vigil has done a great job as far as communication is concerned; hes like the backup Mike Communicator, so thats an important spot. Obviously, Josh Harvey-Clemons fills a void as far as dime coverage, and hed done better in base, so thats going to be the toughest one I think, one of them."

On if there is anyone else that can play fullback on the roster:

"No, not really, unless we try to train somebody. I think we have enough runs out of our 11-personnel, Tiger, 12-personnel, that we may not need it, but if we do want a couple, we might be able to cross train somebody on our roster and well figure it out later."

On facing Baltimore Ravens QB Robert Griffin III and if he can still be a starting quarterback:

"Yeah, without a doubt, anybody that can run and throw, you have a spot. Its very, very, important nowadays. Mobility, RPOs, zone reads, and all that stuff, but it depends on the roster and who hes competing with."

On talks with scouting departments on evaluating teams for players before roster cuts:

"Oh, they are on that already. Theyve seen every preseason game. They already have their evaluations done so its just a matter of waiting and seeing who becomes available and well talk about that." [On waiting until Saturday] "You have to, you know, you try and get your grades ready, try to preview who people might cut, and then go from there, but you just never know until it happens."

On if roster cuts weigh on him:

"Yeah, its hard, its always hard, but I think a lot of them will put enough good on tape that theyll get an opportunity somewhere and it could be with us later as we learned last year. We called back a lot of guys; not only practice squad guys, but like Arie Kouandjio is a great example. We had to let him go, then he went to Baltimore [Ravens] practice squad, we called him up on a Friday, and started for us on Sunday. You know, an opportunity lost here, they could get another one somewhere else, you know, you are upset for them, because of how much work they put in, and they are all such great kids and you want to see them do well, but we know the NFL and what its all about and every year this happens. But hopefully theyll bounce back and do well."

On TE Jordan Reed and RB Chris Thompson being ready for Week 1:

"Really good, Chris looks fantastic, really. He's been great in his pass blocking and obviously his routes. He's hitting the hole. He looks great. I think he is ready to go. Jordan Reed is getting there -- I think the more he works the more runs. He had a great day today just getting in and out of his cuts, getting the feel with Alex and the different formations. He's on pace to be ready."

On if the quality of players that provide depth has improved:

"Yeah. I think there are a lot of reasons for that. When you're here for four [to] five years like I have been, you have also good veteran guys that know your system that are more comfortable and zip through it a little bit easier, effortlessly. They're good leaders and you are able to keep guys on your team with you that are good for the locker room and obviously very good players. So, that has a big impact also. Then you have a couple [from the] drafts that you are able to build your team with and a couple of good free agents. Yes, we definitely feel good about our depth. I feel good really about my core group of veteran guys that are very, very, good players. You got to have that along with some good young people which we do."

On if he is preparing for Week 1 differently from previous years:

"We're 0-4 so we should do something different. We haven't won one yet [as Redskins head coach]. We've had a couple close ones. Shoot. I can't remember all of them; I went through them the other day. One, we got to have a better sense of urgency coming out of the first game. We got to start fast and eliminate the turnovers. First two [season openers] we had a couple of special team FUBARS, first two years. A punt return for a touchdown, a blocked punt for a touchdown, we threw an interception late against Philadelphia last year in the red zone which cost us. We got to clean up the mistake the first game of the year and be on our assignments and be fundamentally sound."

On if he watched the last four season openers on film:

"I went through all of them in my mind (laughter). Yes, and I used some examples already in some meetings."

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