Coach Whisenhunt's Thursday Practice Report



(on Jake Locker's status)

Jake's progressing. He's doing a little bit more today. It's good.

(on who will play Sunday)

Nothing's changed. We'll see how the week goes and then make a decision as we get a little closer to the game.

(on Jake Locker's injury)

It's better.

(on how close Jake Locker has to be to 100 percent to play)

We'll assess it at the end of the week. We'll see where everything is.

(on not being able to say yet if Jake Locker will play)

Like I said, we're progressing as the week goes. I respect the way Jake (Locker's) working. He's getting some reps, and he's getting better. We'll have to make an assessment at the end as we get through tomorrow and even Saturday. He appeared to do well today in practice. I haven't talked to him after practice. Once again, it's not so much today because he's probably still warm. It's where it feels tomorrow. He is definitely making progress, heck of a lot better than where it was last week.

(on quarterbacks taking mental reps versus physical reps)

You could probably make the case for both. I've seen it happen both ways. I haven't been with Jake (Locker) enough to know that. We feel he's a lot more comfortable with what we're doing now than he was certainly even weeks ago.

(on knowing if Jake Locker is not ready to play)

He's going to say that. You know Jake (Locker). You guys have been around Jake a lot longer than I have, so he's going to say that. I think you have to look at what you see on the field and his response with what we're doing in the training room. It's not just one decision. It's communication from everybody. All that's part of it. How he grips the ball, handoffs, that's part of it, too. Taking the snap, how he carries his hand. There's all those kind of things that you watch.

(on Redskins QB Kirk Cousins)

I really haven't looked at him that much other than watching him play, watching tape of him in preparation of him for this game, but I really haven't followed him that much. I can't speak to what it's been in the past. I see a guy that has talent that's made some good throws. In times this year he's really lit it up.

(on Charlie Whitehurst's comfort level at quarterback)

It's been that way since Charlie (Whitehurst's) been here, because I think his comfort level with the offense. I think there's no question he's more comfortable having played a couple of games with what's going on.

(on Redskins LBs Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan)

We played (Justin) Houston and (Tamba) Hali. It seems like there's a few of those combos in the league. I know we'll probably face a couple more coming up. They're good football players. They bring pressure, as evidenced by (Ryan) Kerrigan. I think he's got six and a half sacks, so he's up close to the top of the league. Good defense, good players.

(on making plays on defense)

I hope we can continue the trend that we showed last week and that our guys have been close to the ball and made plays on the ball, and hopefully their confidence is continuing to grow. It's really about playing their technique. It's not so much about who they're playing as it is what we're playing and making sure we use good technique and play it the right way.

(on Justin Hunter's improvement)

Justin (Hunter's) doing a good job. He's grown. He's learning. You like to see that. We have a lot of young players that are doing that. That's exciting.

(on what causes Kirk Cousins' interceptions)

I don't know their offense. I don't know what their reads are. I don't know what the design routes are, so I really couldn't tell you with any kind of authority on that.

(on the Redskins wide receivers)

They have a talented group of guys there, as evidenced by some of the big plays that they've made.

(on Redskins WR DeSean Jackson)

I think DeSean Jackson's a big test for anybody, no matter who you are, just based off of what I've seen. The guy's a good football player. We have to, once again, be aware of where he is, and we've got to make sure that we play our scheme well.

(on the tight ends)

Craig (Stevens's) a veteran player who's done a nice job for us. When Taylor (Thompson) gets back, we felt good about the camp that he had and where he's going. Delanie (Walker's) playing lights out, and another guy gets an opportunity to step up. That's this league.

(on losing Craig Stevens in the run game)

I think we'll have to just do it and find different ways. Like I said, the other guys, Delanie (Walker's) done a nice job when he's been asked to block. We'll try to use different guys to be effective.

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