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5 Takeaways: Jay Gruden At Owner's Meetings


Here's five takeaways from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden's session with the media at the NFL Owner's Meetings in Phoenix on Monday:

1. Gruden feels 'great' about the team's free agency moves so far.

By signing defensive end Ricky Jean Francois, defensive linemen Stephen Paea and Terrance Knighton, cornerback Chris Culliver and safety Jeron Johnson, Gruden says the Redskins "addressed some depth on the defense, got a quality corner and some defensive linemen.

"Quality people, I think, and they're going to help matters a lot on defense," he continued.

2. Yes, all free agency moves have addressed the team's defense so far, but Gruden said the Redskins can "always add some more pieces to the offense."

As for the offseason strategy so far, the second-year head coach said "defensively, we need to address our depth."

"It was challenging last year with the injuries we had, so we have some big guys," he said. "We got [Terrance] Knighton, Ricky Jean Francois, obviously [Stephen] Paea and we got two quality players in the secondary who are going to help us tremendously.

Gruden said he's "very excited to see what we added to our team."

"Now the guys coming back are going to be better and [we'll] put them together," he said.

3. The Redskins aren't necessarily done with free agency to this point of the offseason.

Asked specifically if he's going to target the draft to possibly build the offensive line, Gruden said he's noticed good depth across the field on both sides of the ball.

"We have to do our work and that's what we're focused on now is studying all these players in the draft – the offensive line, running back, still secondary wise," he said. "We're still looking at a lot of good players, pass rushers that can help our football team."

Gruden said the Redskins "feel good about the players we have coming back," and the front office and coaching staff can get a good feel of where they are when players return for Phase 1 of offseason workouts April 20.

""We'll see how they are in shape and see where we are as a football team," Gruden said. "We're always going to have a handle on who's out there in free agency."

4. Robert Griffin III, who returned to the facility late last week to work out on his own, has met with new quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.

"He's raring to go," Gruden said of Griffin III.

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Cavanaugh, who was hired Jan. 28, filled a position left vacant last season, when Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay handled quarterbacks duties.

He has 22 seasons of coaching experience across the professional and collegiate levels. The 2015 season will mark the 32nd NFL season of Cavanaugh's career, including 14 combined seasons as a quarterback for the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 1978-91 and 17 seasons as an NFL coach.

Gruden said the meeting between Griffin III and Cavanaugh "went well," and that "I think moving forward he's got the starting job right now and hopefully he takes it and runs with it."

5. Gruden isn't biting on questions about other teams — particularly division rivals.

Asked about the flurry of moves made by the Eagles and their head coach, Chip Kelly, this offseason, Gruden — in typical Gruden fashion — said, "Oh, we're not worried about the Eagles, man."

"We're worried about what we're doing at our building," he finished. "We're focused on what we do."




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