With the team's first several days of training camp complete, here's a list of the best quotes of the week from Richmond, Va., as compiled by Redskins.com.
- Linebacker Martrell Spaight: "First couple days, first time get the pads on so everyone is anxious to hit someone, so it's kind of chippy out there. But once things start to settle down and everyone gets the feeling of being in pads again, I think things will start to settle down a little bit more."
- Nose tackle Kedric Golston: "I mean it's training camp so it's a grind in the sense of this next week coming up will be the only time we'll have full contact day in and day out because then we start playing games, the preseason games and then the season starts. This right here, from a physical standpoint, is just grinding day in and day out is the hardest part of the football season. Take out the games and the physicality and the soreness and that and banging every single day but it's what we all enjoy doing and it's a necessary part of football and if you don't do it you won't be prepared for the season."
- Cornerback Quinton Dunbar: [On his daughter being born] "I was there the day after she was born so I got all the time I wanted. It's special like I said, that's mine, that's my seed, so to create that bond was a great feeling...the motivation. I mean, I got a mouth to feed so it motivates me even more. Not that I'm not already motivated, I am motivated, but I'm turning it up a notch."
- Safety DeAngelo Hall: "From Day 1 everybody embraced Josh [Norman], and he embraced everyone back. He wasn't standoffish, he was just one of the guys, and that's the coolest part about it. Anytime you got a guy who's a superstar like that you almost expect to be a certain way, and when you meet him he's one of the most humble, country boys you'd ever want to meet. Guys embraced him, he embraced everybody else and...he was just one of the additions but that has kind of been the mindset. Everyone has just kind of come out there and competed. DJax wants to beat him, he wants to beat DJax, he wants Pierre, Bree wants Pierre. Seeing Josh compete, it makes Breeland want to compete, makes Dunny [Quinton Dunbar] want to compete, makes myself and everyone else in our secondary."
The Washington Redskins defense and special teams conducted their third day of training camp practice Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
- Defensive end Ricky Jean Francois: "I just like messing with [Rob Kelley] each and every day. You know last year he had a bit of a problem that won't be big this year because on defense we overemphasized trying to punch the ball out on the running backs end. [With] especially him, it doesn't matter where he's running, I'm going to run behind him and try to punch and get it out of his hand. I just want him to know that ball security is everything to us."
- Cornerback Josh Norman: [On Odell Beckham Jr.'s comments] "I don't know what to say about that. I don't know, I guess if a guy talks about you that much, you must be doing something right… Means nothing to me, obviously, 'cause the same fact, he's talking about me but I am not talking about him. So, it's kind of like, 'Well, dang.' If he once was the hunter and now you're the hunted, so it's kind of like why am I talking about you? For what? So, I have nothing to say because now we are the hunted and not the hunter."
- Wide receiver Jamison Crowder: "There's a lot of new additions here, got a lot of new players, we have the mentality that we just won a championship so we just have to…we got to the playoffs and lost the first game so no one's really happy about that, so we have a lot to build off of, we feel we have a lot to prove still. A lot of people really don't believe in us, but we don't really care about that, we believe in ourselves, we are the ones putting in the work, we are the ones that are here so we are on the grind. That's all we worry about."
- Quarterback Trent Williams: "I think the franchise tag says a lot. They didn't have to tag me. No one forced them to do that; they chose to do that of their own accord. In this league it's one year at a time – whether you're on a long-term deal, one-year deal or two-year deal. I mean, I had a four-year deal as a rookie but it didn't feel like a four-year deal, it felt like a one-day deal every single day I was here. So I don't think things have changed a whole lot in that regard. I have got to go out there and prove myself each and every game of every season. When you do that, I think the rest will take care of itself."
- Head coach Jay Gruden: "[Cousins] doesn't have to do a whole lot to get me. He's just got to show the continued progress because the quarterback position, it's about consistency. Great, he had one year – there have been a lot of quarterbacks in the history of the league that have had good, solid, one-year seasons. But it's about having two, three, four years. Luckily for us, we're in a position to look at him another year and he's in a position to really put a stamp on himself as a quarterback in the National Football League, so really it's a win-win situation. We want to keep Kirk, there's no doubt about it. He wants to prove himself. I think it's hats off to him and we'll get something done, but we fully anticipate him improving in a big way this year."
- Former General manager Bobby Beathard: "When I learned about the Washington, D.C. area, and the fans that the Redskins had, I thought, 'This will probably be the most fun I'll ever have in football.' And before this and after that, in all my years in football, I have never, ever been in an area that had fans like the Redskin fans. They were… I mean, we would come down, drive down Sunday mornings to the stadium real early in the morning and there were fans lined up along the streets for blocks coming into the Redskin stadium. And even then people honked their horns and would yell and all that, it was just the most amazing place."