Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan Quotes and Training Camp Day 1 Notes

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Day 1 of the Washington Redskins’ Training camp is in the books, and day 2 is upon us. In case you missed it, here’s the transcript of head coach, Mike Shanahan’s presser at the end of practice:

On the injury to tackle Jammal Brown:

“It’s his hip. He’s on PUP right now. We’ll get a chance where the doctors evaluate him and get a little bit better feeling the next few days, where he is at. He was running yesterday and he was running well. I think, on the sixth or seventh, we call them gassers, he felt a little bit tight, a little bit sore this morning. So we put him on PUP.”

On Jammal Brown’s reaction to the injury:

“I think it’s really hard for him. He’s been working extremely hard to get into football shape. He’s in excellent shape and so he’s got a setback. So we’ll give the doctors a chance to look at it and see how it is.”

On how long it will take for Jammal Brown to heal:

“I really don’t know. I don’t know until the doctors get a good look and get an MRI on it.”

On if it’s more alarming because Jammal Brown was hurt the last two years:

“No, not really. You knew it was sore, you knew it could happen at anytime, something like this. You’re just hoping it’s a little flare up, nothing major and he’ll be back.”

On the team embracing Robert Griffin III:

“Well, it’s truly the way he handles himself. And he handles himself extremely well. You know he’s got a lot of charisma. Very smart. He works extremely hard. And he’s going to do everything he can to make himself the best player and that’s contagious to a football team. For a person that has that type of attitude and he works that hard coming in, and he wants to be one of the guys. He wants to get to know his teammates and he wants to be the leader of the football team and he’s handling himself accordingly.”

On how he characterizes the camp compared to the last two years:

“You can’t do anything about the controversy. We had a little bit of controversy with Albert [Haynesworth]. That was a big controversy the year before. At least from the team’s perspective, from the players it wasn’t that big to me because the players had worked with him for a year. But publicly it was tough because that’s all we had to talk about. And obviously last year with the Donovan [McNabb] situation you had to answer those questions. But again we made the decision that we thought was in the best interest of the franchise long-term. So questions like this are going to pop up all the time. And you have to deal with them and be honest and make a decision to move on.”

On the progress he sees in tackle Tyler Polumbus:

“Tyler has done an excellent job since he’s been here. Starting at the tackle position and the guard position, he’s played well. I think Maurice Hurt has made some tremendous strides at the guard and the tackle position. He’s a guy that can play both. We have both those guys running now, with Jammal [Brown] being out, at the right tackle position as well as Willie Smith. So those three guys will compete until Jammal comes back and we’ll flip one of them over to the left side behind [Tom] Compton and Trent [Williams].”

On how Tim Hightower and Kory Lichtensteiger looked coming off of injuries:

“Hightower looked good. As I told Tim, I said, ‘I don’t want to overdo it. I’ll get you through some individual work, a few team plays, then I’ll try to get you ready for the regular season after the first preseason game.’ I thought Tim did an excellent job today. Kory Lichtensteiger was full speed from day one or I should say right from the first period. We let him go the whole practice. There was no setback. I talked to him briefly afterwards. Like all the players [he was] a little bit tired, but Kory made it through without any setbacks.”

On if he expects Tim Hightower to start if healthy:

“Well Tim was starting out with the first team before he got hurt. Last year he was a first teamer, but obviously Roy [Helu] did a good job, [Evan] Royster did a good job. We’ve got a lot of guys that I believe have the ability to play and play well so we’ll just let it play out.”

On the cohesiveness between Robert Griffin III and the receivers after the first day:

“Like you said, it’s the first day, and we’re just starting to work, starting to get back together.  We haven’t been together for a while.  And it’s a timing aspect.  Hopefully we grow every day and we try to get better every day.”

On the health of wide receiver Leonard Hankerson:

“Well, we’re not really easing him back in.  You know, he practiced today full speed, as well as Josh Morgan.  He went full speed…let’s talk about other guys.  [Stephen] Bowen was full speed.  Rak’s [Brian Orakpo] chest is fine.  [Chase] Minnifield went on IR, he had an ACL [injury] the last day of minicamp.  [Chris] Cooley was fine with his hamstring and his groin, that knee last year is fine.  We talked about [Tim] Hightower already.  I really feel good about [Leonard] Hankerson.  I’ve been with those hips before, and you just don’t know about the hips.  And it really didn’t look like there were any setback today whatsoever.  He’s been going full speed for the last couple weeks, and knock on wood he can stay healthy and keep on getting better.”

On the injuries of  Tanard Jackson and Tristan Davis:

“Tanard Jackson’s got a calf [injury].  I think he’ll probably be able to go either Saturday or Monday.  That’s according to [Head Athletic Trainer] Larry [Hess], he’s got a mild calf strain.  He’s also on PUP.  And Tristan Davis, he’s got a swollen knee—had nothing to do with football.  He got two stitches on his leg.  I think he’ll also be able to go on Monday.”

On Jackson’s setback:

“You know, he’s disappointed.  But the good thing is hopefully he’ll be able to go Saturday or Monday.  So he’s going to be out, but hopefully not for long.”

Camp Notes:

  • Griffin III struggled with precision yesterday, but it’s to be expected.
  • Garcon and Morgan look to have the upper hand at being the team’s starting outside receivers, with Santana Moss in slot. Leonard Hankerson looks great as well. Both Garcon and Morgan dropped a few balls though, which is something that’s plagued both players in the past.
  • Aldrick Robinson looks like the fastest most elusive offensive player that Washington has. Last year, he was like a fish out of water and struggled with consistency. He has all the talent in the world, now it’s up to him to prove this game isn’t too big for him.
  • DeAngelo Hall has a little different role, coverage wise this season and it seems to be fitting him well.

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