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Coachspeak: Gruden talks full-scale sitdown, Matt Jones' status

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks about team's unique lineup and more following the preseason home opener.

Following the Washington Redskins' 22-18 victory against the New York Jets on Friday night, head coach Jay Gruden hit the podium. Breaking Burgundy breaks down the highlights of what was said.

* Running back Matt Jones exited the game early with an AC shoulder sprain. Gruden said, "Hopefully it won't be too long ... I don't think it's going to be a long injury."

* Before Jones left the game due to injury, Gruden said he was "happy" with how he ran the ball.

* Gruden commented on the status of Washington's running back depth: "Well, we are going to have to wait and see how long [Jones] is going to be out. Watch the film and see how Chris Thompson, [Keith] Marshall, Mack [Brown], we'll see how they did, and obviously Rob [Kelley]. My level of comfort is/will be determined after I watch film."

* Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was a healthy scratch, which Gruden claims was done in order to get backup signal caller Colt McCoy "some quality work." The head coach made the decision this morning and received no push back from Cousins.

Gruden: "I wanted Colt to get some quality work against a quality defense along with some of those other guys that played in first-team roles. ... It was not so much rest the starters. Trent [Williams] and Jordan [Reed] were out with injury."

* Despite the unique trend to not play many starters in the second preseason game, Gruden said "I doubt it" when asked about the possibility of the stars playing in the fourth and final preseason game.

Gruden: "We're going to play them a lot next week against Buffalo. We are going to treat Buffalo very seriously and prepare and get a good week of preparation and get them some good work next week."

* Gruden reasoned resting many of his defensive standouts to see players such as linebacker Martrell Spaight and cornerback Quinton Dunbar go up against some of the Jets' best offensive weapons.

Gruden: "I want to see Spaight play against the 1's and a good offense in the New York Jets. I wanted to see [Greg] Toler, I want to see Dunbar play against Brandon Marshall and some of these guys from the Jets. Some of these guys have really shown up in practice, and I want to see how they did against a heck of a unit like the New York Jets."

* Gruden on speedster wide receiver Rashad Ross, who finished the game with four receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns: "Solid. Last preseason, he showed up and made some big plays. That's why we kept him and this preseason so far after two games he has done a very nice job. So we got two games left, there is a very good battle you see of the other wide receivers making plays in the second half, so we are just going to continue to evaluate and go from there."

* Gruden on his defense's first-half performance in which it shut out the Jets' offense: "I thought they did pretty good ... happy with them."

* Washington again committed double-digit penalties, but Gruden claims that a couple should not have been called, including one for two players wearing the same jersey number and an illegal hands to the face infraction against center Spencer Long which led to a first-quarter safety. "It's still preseason for the referees too," Gruden said.

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