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Redskins Press Conference Quick Hits


Redskins LB Brian Orakpo and HC Mike Shanahan took the podium today following the second day of training camp 2013 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va. Quick Hits With Outside Linebacker Brian Orakpo:

On having young players shadow him during practice:

"It's fun, man, it's fun, because I can remember when I was young, trying to learn stuff and pick up on the veterans. And now I'm one of the veterans that, like you say, you have a lot of the young guys following your lead, following your footsteps and trying to do the best they can to help our defense, or offense per se. I think it is very fun to be a player's coach out there."

On if he thinks about mental obstacles after his injuries:

"You can't. You've got to be relentless, man. You've got to play this game with an edge. You've got to play this game tenacity and not be scared because injuries happen. It my case it was some freak stuff that happened back-to-back; one at the end of this regular seasons and one at the beginning of the regular season. I didn't lose my confidence at all. I never lose confidence in my body. I never lose confidence in the way I play. Nothing like that. I'm a very confident guy. I knew it was going to be a matter of time before I'd be back and playing at a very high level."

On becoming a more avid student in the film room:

"I've always been… a film rat while watching my opponent and watching practice and stuff like that. But [being] able to actually see it from the sideline and what I could, when I come back, what I can be able to take advantage of from the defensive side, it's a different perspective than just watching it in the classroom. That's what I meant by that. I really feel like it's going to be beneficial. It sucks that I was out for a year, but it kind of helped that I was out for a year because, like I said, I was able to look at football from a different angle. Hopefully it can lead to me having a successful season."



Quick Hits With Head Coach Mike Shanahan:

On the suspension of defensive end Jarvis Jenkins:

"Any time a person has a suspension, it's always a tough blow for your football team. Hopefully our players will learn that without the label of NSF, you can't take any supplements because you never know what's going to be in those supplements. So we'll pay the price for it. He'll be suspended for four games and hopefully our players will learn from it."

On the defensive end position:

"We've got some depth there. Obviously [Chris] Baker's been playing there. [Kedric] Golston's been playing there. We've got a bunch of competition. We're a lot deeper right now than we have been in the past. Obviously we needed that type of depth for situations like this. But hopefully we can stay healthy. We're going to have some guys that are going to have to step up and play well, take advantage of this opportunity. I always look at it like a guy gets hurt in the last preseason game. He's out. There's nothing you can do about it, so you go on and have these guys step up and take advantage of it."

On quarterback Robert Griffin III's practice today:

"I think very similar to what we saw yesterday. He is getting a lot of good work in individual work; he's got thirty minutes there. Then he gets a period of ten plays in 7-on-7. He gets eight of those 10 plays. Sometimes if there's a mistake or something along those lines, he'll get an extra one or two plays. During that 20 minutes of special teams, those two 10- minute periods, he goes over there and every play that he misses in team, he goes over there and runs that play. So he gets a chance to work the whole offense in the first couple of days. He doesn't skip any reps. The only thing we're not doing is putting him in a team situation where we're going against a defense in 11-on-11 for obvious reasons which we talked about yesterday."



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