News and notes from Thursday’s open locker room


Wide receiver Rashad Ross. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

The Redskins wrapped up their final day of practice leading up to Saturday’s preseason game with the Baltimore Ravens, and tomorrow will have a walk-through at Andrews Air Force Base prior to their “Welcome Home Luncheon.”

Here are some nuggets from Jay Gruden’s press conference, and the locker room.

● Gruden expects his starters to play roughly a half of Saturday’s game. He said it’s possible that either one or both of the units could see limited action in the third quarter, depending on how well they do.

● Gruden expects to make some roster cuts on Sunday, in advance of Tuesday’s deadline by which teams must trim their rosters from 90 to 75 players.

● Gruden hasn’t determined how many players he will keep at various positions, but said that instead he will let performance and needs determine those groupings.

● Look for rookie Morgan Moses to see time at backup right tackle on Saturday. He has played exclusively at backup left tackle during training camp and the first two preseason games. Gruden sees Moses improving both in confidence and technique, and now wants to see how he would do on the right side, where eventually he could start.

● Wide receivers Rashad Ross and Nick Williams could make it hard on coaches when it comes to making final cuts. Gruden likes the way both have played, but the Redskins are crowded at that position.

● No decision has been made on defensive end Stephen Bowen, who remains on the PUP list while rehabbing from microfracture surgery. Gruden said it’s possible that he could return to practice some time next week, but that determination remains up in the air because Bowen still has a bit of swelling and soreness in his knee.

● Center Kory Lichtensteiger and left tackle Trent Williams are encouraged by the progress that the offense of line has made. Lichtensteiger said the group is still working on carving out its identity, however.

● Williams believes this weeks game will serve as a good measuring stick for the Redskins as they go against a quality opponent like the Ravens, who are strong both offensively and defensively.

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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Mike Jones · August 21, 2014