On adding RB Adrian Peterson:
"We were short, you know. We’ve been going to practice the last few days with only three running backs and one of them is Chris [Thompson], and Chris probably won’t play a whole lot in the preseason. We need to get some people in here and Adrian was available, came to work out, looked in great shape and signed him and De’Veon Smith."
On the expectations for Peterson:
"Yeah we’ll see what happens. We just got him here and I got the chance to meet him for the first time yesterday. It was his first practice, did a great job today, (running back coach) Randy [Jordan] has already taken him under his wing trying to teach him the offense and that, so we’ll see. I think if you’ve got a Redskins jersey on, you are here to compete and make the squad, and it’s no different with him. He looks great right now, legs are underneath him, looks explosive, big, strong and fast, so we’ll see how he does day after day, till the fourth preseason game."
On if Peterson will play on Friday against the Denver Broncos:
"Oh yeah, if we get him up to speed, which I think he’s played enough football where he knows even and odd, so I think he’ll be OK. I’d like to get him a few touches in this game and see where he’s at."
On what he will do with Peterson moving forward:
"Well there is a lot that goes into it you know, not only what he can do, but where we are at the running back position, where Rob [Kelley] is, where Samaje [Perine] is with his ankle, or where Byron [Marshall] is with his knee, where Chris Thompson is, so I think there is a lot of factors involved in our final decision when it comes to the running back position. My whole thing is -- I just want to get these guys in here, give them a chance to get the ball in their hands [and] see what they can do and then we’ll make the decision accordingly."
On if T Trent Williams was an influence in signing Peterson:
"He’s an Oklahoma, loyal, yeah whatever. If it was Trent’s way, we would have all Oklahoma Sooners and we’d be 0-16 every year. No, I’m just kidding! Trent, it was important since he knows him so well. I mean that does play a little bit of a factor. We do listen to Trent quite a bit. When it comes to that, it wasn’t the only reason we signed him, we signed him obviously because of all the things he has accomplished in his career, and then we really signed him because of the workout and how good he looked in the workout, how explosive he was. Not only early in the workout, but at the end of the workout and he was not even breathing heavy. He’s in fantastic physical shape."
On if there is pressure to play Peterson:
"I don’t think so, you know, I’m going to go about the business the way I’m going to go about and give it to the people who I think, but I’d like to give him some looks and see what he can do. He played for Arizona last year, got a little bit of a stinger issue, injury issue, and didn’t finish the season, so I’d like to see where he is after contact. I want to see the explosion in the hole, his vision, all that good stuff. I don’t think he’s going to lose that, but it’s just a matter of taking the hits, play after play after play and see where he stands as far as stamina goes."
On if Peterson's chances to make roster depend on injuries or his performance:
"A little bit of both probably. We’ll weigh everything out and his performance will also have a lot to do with it. What he does, not only Friday, but during the weeks of practice leading up to the games."
On if he considers Peterson competing for a positon among the running backs:
"We have a third down back, and I wouldn’t ask Adrian [Peterson] to be on third down with all the things he’d have to learn right now, that’s Chris [Thompson], Byron [Marshall] and Kapri [Bibbs] have that stranglehold. Really, we are looking for first and second down guys. Obviously third down, short to medium he’d be in there, but that’s what we are looking for."
On getting results from veteran players in limited roles:
"I wouldn’t tell Adrian [Peterson] that he’s not that. I think he is fully confident that he’s still the same guy he once was. On the hook, he looks pretty good. I think the key really is for any veteran to come in here -- number one you have to set a great example for the young guys and to be good teammates, be good leaders, not based on vocal leaders but leaders by example. When you see the type of physical condition [that] he’s in, and Vernon Davis and Alex Smith are in, it’s an unbelievable example for the young kids of what it takes to be a professional athlete for this long period of time. It just sets a good standard, a good tone, for the rest of these guys’ work ethic, as far as getting themselves ready, year in and year out. I think it’s great to have him here for however long it is. We relish the opportunity and look forward to working with him."
On Peterson’s run style fitting into game planning:
"We’ll figure that out. You know, you have a pretty good idea of what he’s good at based on his career. We have all those runs that he’s been successful with and it just makes your play-action game a little bit better obviously and your play-action keeper-bootleg game a little bit better. We’ll feel it out as we go on, but we understand the skillset Adrian has and hopefully we will work to it."
On Peterson’s injury history:
"I think as a running back, the most positive attribute you can have is durability, number one, and unfortunately for him, he’s had a couple of injuries, so we’ll see. He’s fully recovered, we’ve got every medical test known to man done on him and we feel confident that those injuries are behind him but you just never know. We learned the hard way, whether it is a 22-year-old back like Derrius [Guice]. In older backs injuries do happen, and we have to cover ourselves, which is why he’s here in the first place. He’s filling in for Derrius [Guice] and Samaje [Perine] right now and it could be good."
On if there were conversations about Peterson before the workout on Monday:
"I didn’t actually talk to him. I just knew we were going to work him out. We had a couple other backs to work out and he wanted to work out and show that he was in good shape and at the workout he proved to us that he’s in great physical condition. He’s actually a physical freak if you want to say that. Like I said before, at the start of the workout Randy [Jordan] put him through to the end of the workout and he didn’t even break a sweat, hardly. He’s in great shape, explosive, and that is really what sold us. Sometimes these backs come in for workouts and they haven’t been doing anything, and you can tell they’re out shape. Some of the backs we had in here were huffing and puffing, keeling over and he’s standing straight up. He could have gone for another two hours. That played mostly into it -- his great physical condition."
On injury status of RB Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall and C Chase Roullier:
"Chase just has a little groin injury and he’s day-to-day. Same with Samaje, [he] is close. He’s got an ankle sprain, so we’ll wait and see, day-to-day. Byron could be a little bit longer. He’s got a sprained knee so we’ll just have to take that for what it is and go from there."
On injury update on DL Stacy McGee:
"He’s karate kicking right now over there [inside the weight room] so he’s doing pretty well. I don’t know as far as Week 1 is concerned, we’ll figure that out once we get to that point. But he’s a big guy and could be a PUP option for us."