Redskins Coach Jay Gruden: "We have lots of options."

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to the media following practice on Sunday.

On running back update:

"We had our workouts this morning. We had Jamal [Charles] in for a visit, just got to meet him and got him a physical and well decide at a later time what we're going to do at that position. We are going to wait on Samaje [Perine] and Byron [Marshall], see where theyre at and make a decision whether or not we are going to sign another one here in the next day or so."

On confirmation free agent RB Orleans Darkwa had a workout:

"Yeah, he worked out, yeah. He had a good workout. We have not signed him yet."

On free agent RB Adrian Peterson working out tomorrow:

"Um, possibly, yes."

On the length of time before Perine and Marshall return:

"Thats the thing, you know we are taking it day-by-day and I think both of them are day-to-day type things, well see. The big thing is to make sure I have three up for [Week 1 game versus] Arizona [Cardinals], so I think I have three in house that I feel very good about and maybe get another in here to compete and go from there."

On potentially putting Marshall on Injured/Reserve:

"Thats a possibility. Well have to wait and see and hopefully its not that long. If it is, there are options that we have to look at."

On free agent RB Jamal Charles and RB Adrian Peterson:

"Well we want to bring them in to get physicals on them just in case. Like I said, we have had very [unlucky] situations with our running backs with obviously [Derrius] Guice and [Byron] Marshall and Samaje [Perine], if something else happens, we are going to be really, really, really thin, so we just want to make sure we are covering all our bases right now and we will address it when we feel like we have to."

On WR Cam Sims missing practice:

"No, hes been getting rehab. Hes day-to-day."

On Sims injury:

"I dont know. Hes got something wrong. All these guys that arent practicing have something wrong, they're going to get treatment and hopefully we will see them out there sooner or later. Hopefully, we will get them out there for the next game, the next day, and that is all I can go by."

On C Chase Roullier:

"Oh, yeah same thing, he did stretch so he will be ok."

On LB Zach Brown and CB Quinton Dunbar:

"Zach Brown, [Quinton] Dunbar, yeah they were down today. But they should hopefully be up Tuesday when we get back."

On balancing the third preseason game with injuries:

"Thats something I have to look at very closely with our staff and find out what players are available. Well get some quality work, regardless of who is out there, its just a matter of who I want to put out there and get ready for the game Friday night. So, we have lots of options, we've got a lot of good players here that are willing to play [and] are ready to play. So well have definitely some guys out there to play and its just a matter of who -- Im not sure yet."

On bringing in veteran free agent running backs:

"Id say were covering our bases right now. Were not looking for a starter right now. Weve got Rob [Kelley] in-house, obviously Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs has done a good job, Samaje [Perine] I dont think is going to be very long at all. You know, so weve got four [running] backs right there. Its a matter of if we were to have another injury and wed have to cover our bases, we could bring one of those guys in after the third preseason game and get them ready for Arizona."

On if he notices any chemistry between QB Alex Smith and TE Vernon Davis:

"I dont know about all that. I think Vernon is a very friendly guy and a friendly target no matter who he plays with really. Hes a good player, still runs very fast, but now its just a matter of the route concepts, you know, them getting on the same page. Alex has been in the League for a long time. Hes pretty well easily adaptable to a lot of different guys, and since hes played with Alex, Vernon Im sure is probably a little easier for him."

On if he will create plays/routes for the tight ends similar to the Kansas City Chiefs:

"Vernon [Davis] and Jordan [Reed], yeah. Both of them, yeah. When Jordan and Vernon [are] on the field at the same time weve had pretty good success using the tight ends. You know, yes, we have plenty of options for them, plays that Alex [Smith] is comfortable with, but its a matter of getting everybody on the field at the same time."

On S Troy Apke:

"Special teams hes been very good, which is important. You know, if hes going to be a third or fourth safety, then he has to be good on special teams and we feel really good about his speed on teams. [It] is something we have been lacking a little bit is that type of speed running down on kicks and covering kicks and blocking and all that good stuff. Hes been everything thats advertised in that regard, and then defensively, hes coming along good. For a young kid to come in here and play safety theres a lot of calls you have to make, a lot of adjustments and hes picking it up fine."

On the new kickoff rule and how it affects the team:

"Its been OK. I think were still working through it. You know, the big thing, I think, is personnel and who you are going to put on there both kickoff and kickoff return. If you go smaller on kickoff return and they go bigger, its going to be hard to hold up with those match ups. So thats what were trying to figure out. Try to get the more physical players out there, but they might not be as athletic in space, so its -- I think thats the biggest road block, so to speak, were having right now is the personnel out there. Is the receiver out there, do you want a linebacker out there whos not quite as good in space? Were putting through -- putting a lot of guys in different spots on that kickoff return and trying to figure out the same as kickoff."

On the penalty flags regarding the new helmet rule during the New York Jets game:

"I think its a work in progress. I, you know, they had two on them and then the one they called on Fish [Smithson] at the end of the game, I have no idea. It actually drew two flags and I dont think it was a penalty, so I think were going to have some issues. Like I said before, guys running full speed, youve got to get your pads down. Your pads go down; your helmets going to go down slightly. It has to. I mean last time I checked, so hopefully we get it cleared up by the time the regular season starts because right now its a little confusing."

On expecting to see CB Adonis Alexander in the game vs the Denver Broncos on Friday:

"Yeah, thats the guy Im really excited to see. Hes been down with a hamstring, he practiced today for the first time, got an interception so Im excited to see him. So its a big-big game for him, a big two games for Adonis, so he will get plenty of reps if hes able."

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