RG3 expected play at least a quarter in preseason opener

RICHMOND, Va. — It’s game week for the Redskins, as they get set to head to Cleveland on Wednesday for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Browns. Monday was another overcast day in Richmond with steady rain at the beginning of practice, letting up about half way through.

The Redskins are three days away from their preseason opener and Jay Gruden said that he and the coaches will make decisions about playing time after Monday’s practice.

“Overall I fell good about where we’re progressing,” he said.

Gruden did say that all of the injuries in the secondary are a concern, and that they haven’t played together yet because of them. He hopes to get guys back soon. DeAngelo Hall returned to practice on Monday and did individual drills. He’s been out since suffering a groin injury last Thursday.

Robert Griffin III

The quarterback had a pretty good day of practice with two great touch passes during drills. We do know he will start the game on Thursday, but as far as how much he will play?

“At least a quarter, right now,” Gruden said. “Could be longer, depends on how many plays you get. We’ll probably have a pitch count on him and go from there.”

First (unofficial) depth chart

Another piece of information that came from Gruden’s presser was that the first unofficial depth chart of the season, with Niles Paul listed as the starter at tight end over Jordan Reed.

“Niles has emerged as a starter,” Gruden said. “Jordan will play a lot in our three wide receiver sets, one tight end set. We change personal so often I think they both get a lot of playing time, but if you go one tight end, one fullback, one running back, it will be Niles to start.”

This is something to keep an eye on throughout the preseason, especially as Paul hurt his left shoulder during practice and is being evaluated. Gruden said he will update on Tuesday.

Fallout from the brawl

Gruden was asked if there would be any further disciplinary action as a result of the brawls with the Texans on Saturday.

“No, there won’t be any further discipline,” Gruden chuckled. “Only for the ones that didn’t stick up for me when I was getting beat up.”

He tried to find some positives from the experience.

“It brought us together a little bit.” he said. “It was good to see that.”

Junior Galette sighting

Linebacker Junior Galette put the pads on for the first time on Monday. He had been working with the trainers since being signed by the Redskins over a week ago. He did not participate in team drills, but did do individual drills.

“Just blessed to have my pads on again,” Galette said after practice. “I’ve got a good group of guys that are real encouraging and really embraced me when I got here. I’m just eager to get on the field.”

He won’t play against Cleveland, but does want to play in the preseason.


  • Wide receiver Jamison Crowder rested for another day.
  • Rookie running back Matt Jones did individual drills after tweaking his knee against the Texans.
  • Right guard Brandon Scherff suffered a right ankle injury and is being evaluated.
  • Tight end Niles Paul hurt his left shoulder.
  • Will Compton missed practice due to a groin injury.
  • Linebacker Keenan Robinson was held out of the last series as a precautionary measure due to a head injury.


The Redskins announced a draw of 4,133 for Monday’s sessions.

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