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Top 10 Quotes: Redskins-Packers Practice Week


With the team's practice prep for the Green Bay Packers complete, here's a list of the best quotes of the week, as compiled by, presented by GEICO:

1. Interim head coach Bill Callahan on the growth of defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis and his impact on the team:

"I think when you look at the totality of what he's done, his overall body of work, it's impressive. Where he came out of Temple, where he was drafted, what he's done through the course of his career speaks volumes for his character. He's well respected, he's a pro's pro, he's focused, he's energized every day he hits the practice field. You just can't have enough of those types of guys on your team."

2. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. on his rapport with wide receiver Kelvin Harmon and how it's grown over time:

"Kelvin [Harmon] and I are both from Jersey and we played each other in some tournaments back in the day, so we've known each other for a while – camps and stuff like that, and having trained together for the pre-draft. Me and him, we have a great connection together. He's someone I like throwing to just because of his physical presence and his willingness to get better. We throw routes every day after practice and things like that."

3. Guard Brandon Scherff on what Derrius Guice's stiff-arm against the Panthers did for the offensive line:

"It gets us excited, I was pulling that play and I saw that happen and I just kind of started laughing because it's crazy. You can't really do that in practice because they're your teammates, but [Derrius Guice] is an animal out there and we love seeing it."

4. Running back Derrius Guice on his mentality after returning from injury:

"Just never give up. I'm a guy that -- everybody knows about my fall in the draft and then as soon as I got here, injury after injury. It's been hell, literally. I've had people in my corner who never left. I've always had people that were negative. I'm just really strong mentally, and I just didn't let all the outside noise get to me. And I just kept grinding and knew I got here for a reason. I wasn't gonna stop until I showed it."

5. Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky on preparing for Aaron Rodgers' pre-snap cadence:

"He's one of the best. He just does a great job of getting people to jump offsides and taking shots down the field. Biggest thing is, if we do go offsides -- which I hope we don't -- we got to make sure we're still covered on the back end because he's going to throw the ball up the field. He's just very proficient at doing it, and we just make sure that we did it during practice today and yesterday."

6. Interim head coach Bill Callahan on linebacker Nate Orchard's impact in a week with the team and his role moving forward:

"His growth has been extraordinary for one week. He continues to impress us just based on what he did in Sunday's game. To come in and not only learn the end position, but then to be kicked down over the guard in the running game and make a move like he did was really, really exceptional."

Take a look at practice photos from Thursday's practice for the upcoming game.

7. Running back Adrian Peterson on what it means to get back-to-back wins:

"It means a lot. It goes to show the character of the team because easily [we] could've shut it down. But, that's not what we're about. We've had close games, like last week, throughout the entire year, but it never went our way. Just keep building off of this, stay confident. And, the most impressive thing to me is just the fight in each guy."

8. Outside Linebacker Chris Odom on his mentality playing in a regular season game after recently being promoted from the practice squad:

"I had to trust my practice, my training, working with [Montez] Sweat, and Anderson, and coach -- just everybody who was getting me ready. Went in there with confidence because we've been practicing hard, trying to get ready. Going out there, doing my job, and going out there and getting a team win."

9. Dwayne Haskins Jr. on his increased comfortability in the pocket:

"I feel like it's a mentality, just have to play like a grown man and that's what I have been trying to work on these last couple of weeks. Taking the ball, ripping it when it's there, moving when I have to and making stuff happen when it needs to happen. Not having to worry about being a rookie or making mistakes and just playing hard as I can every play."

10. Wide Receiver Steven Sims Jr. on the differences between punt returning and kick returning:

"Punt returning, you're back there by yourself. It's pretty much just all on you. You gotta make smarter decisions. It's pretty much on you what you feel comfortable doing, whether you wanna fair catch it or you're comfortable enough to catch it and make the guy miss, so it's on you."

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