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Coachspeak: Gruden talks final tuneup, Cullen Jenkins

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks about team's reserve lineup and more following the final preseason game.

Following the Washington Redskins' 20-13 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday night, head coach Jay Gruden hit the podium. Breaking Burgundy breaks down the highlights of what was said.

* With the addition of Cullen Jenkins on Monday, Gruden spoke highly of the 35-year old defensive lineman, but will see how the veteran feels.

"I think Cullen showed up," Gruden said. "I saw him really getting in the backfield in some of the runs and he obviously got a sack. I'm going to ask him how he felt out there as far as his wind is concerned, but he showed up ok."

* The former offensive coordinator said he hopes the team will be able to keep all four running backs still on the roster, after Keith Marshall (elbow) was placed on injured reserveRobert Kelley showed another strong performance, 99 yards, while Mack Brown burst on the scene, 149 yards, after riding the practice squad last season.

"I was happy to see Mack [Brown]," Gruden said. I think he did show up and made the decision [roster spots] even tougher. Hopefully we can figure out a way to keep all of them, but we'll get together with the scouting staff and coaching staff and figure it out."

* Washington's difficult roster decisions at multiple positions is a good thing even if they have their talent poached by other teams. Gruden believes that "speaks volumes" about the franchise.

"There are a lot of guys that stated their case tonight," Gruden said. "The harder these decisions are, the better your football team is. And I think a lot of guys proved their worth as National Football League players throughout the course of the preseason and training camp and OTAs so it's going to be hard on us, but we got to do it." 

* Nate Sudfeld finished the game 8 of 18 for a mere 72-yards in the monsoon like conditions, but Gruden still thinks he did a good job managing the game. "We really made it a focal point to run the ball," Gruden said.

* Jay Gruden's brother, former Tampa head coach, Jon was on the Washington sidelines today. The elder Gruden was not allowed to call a play.

"He was ready to call one, but I wouldn't let him," Jay Gruden said. "I know what he would have called."

My guess is Spider-2-Y-Banana.

* Gruden said he and his staff can start making personal decisions tomorrow once returning to Ashburn. Washington must have their roster cut to 53-men by Saturday, September 4th at 4 p.m.

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