Open locker room: News and notes from Wednesday morning at Redskins Park

September 3, 2014

Fullback Darrel Young runs through a contraption during a training-camp drill. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins got back to work this morning, beginning preparations for their season opener Sunday at Houston.

Here’s what the players are talking about in the locker room:

● Fullback Darrel Young said that the offensive players feel confident despite some struggles shown this preseason. Now that the team has a chance to game plan for the Texans, things will be much different, he believes. “Game planning is everything,” Young said.

● One of the top players the Redskins will have to worry about: Defensive end J.J. Watt. Tyler Polumbus says the new $100 million man has it all — speed, power, versatility. Polumbus wouldn’t tip his hand on the keys to fending off Watt. “I’m not going to put that out there,” he laughed. “Play well.”

● Safety Bacarri Rambo said that nothing has changed since Monday. In this morning’s walk-through, he continued to work with the first team at strong safety. Rambo says he feels most comfortable at free safety because he’s spent the most time there, but that he’s confident he can get the job done.

● Practice squad safety Phillip Thomas said tests revealed he has a sprained foot and has not suffered a setback regarding his lisfranc injury that was surgically repaired. He hopes to practice in roughly a week.

● Running back Chris Thompson said he knows he has to prove he’s healthy to make it off the practice squad and that he just aims to continue to work hard. He thinks he had a high-ankle sprain rather than the low-ankle sprain Coach Jay Gruden had said he was believed to have had.

● Safety Duke Ihenacho he’s definitely a strong safety but at Denver, he did mix it up at times and play free safety.  He’s still working to learn all the Redskins’ terminology, but believes he can help out this weekend if called upon.

More coming later today, from the interviews during the locker room availability, from practice and Jay Gruden’s press conference afterwards.

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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 · September 3, 2014