Gruden speaks: Redskins coach on Doctson, punt return game

The latest updates from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

Some highlights from Redskins coach Jay Gruden's press conference Wednesday afternoon in Richmond.

* Rookie receiver Josh Doctson showed up Wednesday wearing a walking boot. Gruden previously mentioned the boot, but this was the first time the first round pick wore it in public. The reason? The training staff worked Doctson hard Tuesday and wanted him to rest the following day. 

* Defensive end Trent Murphy (strep throat) returned to practice after missing Tuesday. Nose tackle Jerrell Powe remains out and will miss 7-10 days. He left camp to have a procedure for a heart arrhythmia. 

* Wednesday's afternoon practice is focused on special teams. Gruden said he experienced this when working for his brother Jon with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Provides a chance to not only work on these specific areas, but also give the bigger players a rest after several hot days in the Richmond heat. Those not in special teams drills will do core work exercises.

* Perhaps no area of special teams struggled more last season than punt returns. Jamison Crowder averaged a mere 5.3 yards on 30 attempts. It doesn't like Gruden believes the return man was the issue. "I think our special teams has shown improvement over the last couple of years but we still have a ways to go -- especially on punt returns...We have to get Crowder some better looks."

* Answering a question about whether the fullback position is dying off in the NFL, Gruden noted that Joey Kerridge is in camp. Not just a body, but that he's "turning heads." Interesting, though it's hard seeing where Kerridge would fit on the 53-man roster if Washington keeps four tight ends. The Redskins could already face roster decisions if Derek Carrier can enter the competition after suffering a season-ending knee injury late last season.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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