Jay Gruden: "We Got To Do Better On Third Down"

Head Coach Jay Gruden speaks to media following practice on Thursday at the Inova Sports Performance Center.

On injuries:

"Alright did not participate [Quinton] Dunbar, shin; [Chris] Thompson, rib; [Trent] Williams, thumb. Limited were [Jamison] Crowder, ankle; [Morgan] Moses, knee and [Jordan] Reed, back."

On WR Jamison Crowder:

"He just did some individual today on a limited basis but it was good to see him out there in number 80 jersey."

On if Crowder will play Sunday:

"Yeah, I think we'd have to see a pretty good day tomorrow out of him – like in the team work and some red zone activity, but we'll see."

On if RB Chris Thompson will play Sunday:

"Chris Thompson? Yeah, he'll be out on Sunday. No secret there."

On how much of a challenge the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass game will be without CB Quinton Dunbar:

"It'll be a challenge very much so. Danny [Johnson] and [Greg] Stroman are going to have to step it up and Fabian [Moreau], will maybe have to move out to corner in some base but we'll see. I think Stroman has some pretty good experience and Danny got some experience last week so strap it up and play."

On bringing RB Byron Marshall off IR to play Sunday:

"Not yet, no, Kapri is [Bibbs] handling it pretty good. Samaje [Perine] is back up to Adrian [Peterson], so we have three backs right now but that'll probably be addressed next week."

On what the defense needs to clean up before facing Tampa Bay:

"A lot; you know we have to do better on third down rushing the passer. We had some pretty good third down situations for us to get some pass rush and we didn’t really take advantage of those situations. Matt [Ryan] had some time to throw and get to his first, second, third read. They ran some very good pick routes and got free. We have to clean up some of our… if we're going to play man-to-man, clear up some of our combination coverages and go from there. But it's going to be a great challenge. [Mike] Evans is a heck of a receiver. Obviously, DeSean [Jackson], [Chris] Godwin and O.J. [Howard], so we [have to] cover them up, mix in some zones and rush the passer."

On how the offensive line practiced today with the new additions:

"Well they did good. They did alright in the team periods. We did a little bit of one-on-ones and then we did some team periods, tried to get their feet wet. For the most part, I was impressed with the way they handled it mentally. We only had one false start, which is good. One is too many. But with all the snap counts Alex [Smith] uses, it was good. Mixed in some tempos with them and they handled it."

On if T Morgan Moses participated in team drills today:

"No. He did some individual and some light work."

On S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:

"Yeah, he looks a lot more comfortable. He's a very bright guy like I said last week. I think his role will expand quite a bit."

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