The Washington Redskins may be more interested about the potential draft picks' performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but head coach Jay Gruden and general manager Scot McCloughan were kind enough to answer some questions from the media. Here is a complete list of everything you need to know.
- After discussing about possibly retiring after the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, defensive end Jason Hatcher is "leaning toward" playing next season.
- Washington and quarterback Kirk Cousins continue to daily talk about trying to hammer out a deal.
- Left guard Spencer Long is not currently an option at center because he struggled with snap location when given the opportunity.
- Jay Gruden believes Matt Jones is capable of being the lead running back but will need to work on ball security and staying healthy. Scot McCloughan agreed on both accounts. Jones had a minor groin surgery to repair an injury that kept him out of the playoffs, but is expected to be ready for OTAs.
- Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson will "probably land somewhere else" after struggling through the season with shoulder surgeries and getting outplayed by Will Compton.
- Jay Gruden said there is "no substitute for speed" for those wondering about how wide receiver DeSean Jackson is viewed in the organization. Gruden was excited about the Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combination as starting wide receivers, with Jamison Crowder in the slot, because "they complement each other well."
- Gruden discussed how a year of experience at safety will help DeAngelo Hall have a strong season during the upcoming year. With Hall possibly taking over free safety duties, Washington could possibly move on from Dashon Goldson.
- Gruden has not talked to Robert Griffin III recently, but do not expect a cut anytime before the March 9th deadline.
- Defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett "still has a ways to go" while rehabbing from his neck and shoulder injury.
- Outside linebacker and free agent Junior Galette's rehab is "coming along great" and Gruden feels good about getting the pass rusher back after he signed a one-year veteran's minimum deal last offseason. McCloughan concurred that Galette was ahead of pace and is comfortable with him returning.
- The Redskins will take the best pick available with the 21st overall draft pick because there is not a "panic situation" at one particular position.
- Running back Alfred Morris is not a long shot to return, but Gruden wishes him well "if we don't get it done." "There's not one negative thing I can say about Alfred Morris as a person and as a player" Gruden elaborated.
- Corner back Chris Culliver is ahead of schedule in his recovery from season-ending knee surgery. Culliver's dead money cap number went down significantly with the injury should Washington choose to cut him after one year, but McCloughan is comfortable with his former draft pick's return.
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