Jay Gruden: "It’s a heck of a lot more fun to win than lose"

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to the media following preseason game against the Jets.

On WR Cam Sims performance:

"Yeah exactly, I mean its not always going to be perfect in pro football. Sometimes youre going to have some things happen to you that you didnt expect but he bounced back and made some big plays. Even the touchdown that was called back was an unbelievable catch. So, I was glad to see him show up. He didnt hang his head, he just came back and kept fighting. What a great sign for a pro athlete because that will happen from time to time with a key drop."

On what stood out about WR Cam Sims and CB Danny Johnson:

"I think what youre looking for from these young players is when they get their opportunity to play in a team situation or individuals, you see them and you want to see them flash and you want to see them just continue to get better and continue to make the plays that they started to make. And Danny [Johnson] has been consistent you know hes been both inside and outside and Cam [Sims] has done a good job in both X and Z position for us. So, both impressive kids. We got another big game against Denver next week and still some more evaluating time, but very impressed with both of them."

On how much fun the win is during preseason:

"Yeah, I dont care what anybody says, its a heck of a lot more fun to win than lose no matter when it is, you know, thats just the way it is preseason or not. Its great to see our guys come back. Great goal line, stand there at the end holding them to three points, that kept us within a point of a lead and then obviously [Kevin] Hogan did a great job leading the troops, Cam [Sims] made a big play, offensive line gave him some protection. Kevin had a big scramble for first down and got out of bounds, so a lot of guys made plays in that drive and it was good to see and of course [Dustin Hopkins] drained the kick."

On the game-winning field goal:

"We evaluate all the situations, so its important. Its a big kick for [Dustin] [Hopkins], a big snap for [Nick] Sundberg, and a big hold for Tress Way. I dont care, its still good work for them. Theres big time protection on that play. And great situational work for the offensive line, two-minute, handling all the stunts and the new guys are picking those up. Daron [Payne] did a good job throughout the course of the game. He got beat a few times, but finding good things to look at. There are a lot of things to evaluate and it wont stop tonight. It will just keep going for another two weeks."

On seeing QB Alex Smith getting hit on his first play:

"I tried to call a simple play, a little bootleg away from all the pressure and he got hit right in the mouth so that was another great call by me [sarcastic tone]. I think he can handle a hit. Hes been playing for 25 years, hell be fine."

On QB Alex Smith's overall play:

"I thought it was good. The first play was a great play. You know, you always expect the worst case when you do a naked bootleg or a peep around the end. We messed up the block there on the play side that he booted too, but he made a great throw to Paul [Richardson Jr.] and Paul made a good job making something happen. He made a couple other good throws. I was impressed. It was good, a good tempo."

On DL Daron Payne:

He missed a little bit of time with his injury, but the little bit we saw in OTAs and what weve seen so far, we feel really confident that Daron Payne is going to be a force in this division for a lot of years.

On WR Cam Sims development:

"Hes not developed yet. Hes still as raw as can be. Hes a big, talented guy. Hes got big strong hands, hes a size mismatch for some of these corners. He can high-point and jump. Thats good. We still got to clean up some of his routes, some of those stems, some of his alignments. But overall, you just look for a young guy like that to make steady progress and hes done that. And when the balls in the air, hes made more plays than he hasnt. Well keep looking at him. We still have a lot of guys in that receiver room that are impressive to me. Hes one of them."

On new NFL helmet rules and whether he saw the flagged hit on QB Colt McCoy:

"No, I didnt see what happened. I was watching downfield. Sorry."

On RB Byron Marshall injury status:

"Yeah, [Marshall] got checked out. Everythings OK. He got an MRI. I dont know, he got checked out. Everythings OK."

On resting starters and their potential injury status:

[Jamison] Crowders got a little bit of a groin hes been working with. Chris Thompson is obviously still recovering. Same with Jordan Reed, same with Trent Williams. I think those are the big four, right?

On depth at the running back position:

Were still in the process of trying to figure that out. Rob Kelley and [Samaje] Perine. We wanted to get Samaje some good looks, he got hurt on his first run. Had a great run. 30-yard run but hurt his ankle. I wanted to try and get a good look at Byron and he kind of got dinged up there. Rob Kelley got a few touches and obviously, Martez [Carter] had a couple good looks. Kapri Bibbs continues to be consistent. His job is protecting, running routes and running the ball. Itll be a tough deal for us to figure that all out but we will.

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