Sunday, May 14, 2017

Redskins host rookies and free agents for mini camp

ASHBURN, Va.- The Washington Redskins hosted 62 players over the weekend in their annual rookie camp. The Redskins 10 draft picks, 8 college free agents, 7 first year veterans, and 37 invited tryouts worked out at the Inova Sports and Performance Center at Redskins Park.

"I was impressed with them all, even the tryout guys that came in here," Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. "They had to learn on the fly. The first day, we were throwing a lot of stuff at them offensively and defensively and they picked it up well and competed.
As far as our draft picks are concerned, I’m satisfied. I’m happy with them. They have a long way to go, without a doubt. They know they have a lot of work ahead of them. They’re behind. They have to catch up, but I like the way they worked, I liked the way they practiced and I like their athletic ability.”

First Round pick Jonathan Allen impresses coaches    Moe Murphy / CCS
Ashburn resident and Redskins first round draft pick Jonathan Allen impressed the staff in his work and handled the extra media attention in stride.

When asked about his assessment of Allen,Gruden commented.  "I think he’s got great football knowledge, number one. Number two, he has great hands and his feet are good. So I think he’s got all the tools to be a great defensive lineman, without a doubt. I think there are some things he can clean up as all of these young guys have issues they need to clean up. As far as skill set is concerned, Jonathan has everything you’re looking for in a defensive lineman.”
Running back Samaje Perine   Moe Murphy/CCS
Fourth round running back Samaje Perine from Oklahoma can make an impact this season especially on special teams.

"I like guys who come in here and love football and he [Perine] does,"Gruden said. "He’s a very smart guy. You can tell that he’s going to be a very hard worker and, of course, he runs hard. You can’t see that in shorts, obviously, but you could see that his pad level is always down, he’s got good vision, he’s got good feet in the hole and he caught the ball well.”

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Former Maryland Terp Levern Jacobs spoke with Moe Murphy after practice.

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