No lost faith in Perine
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden didn’t attempt to put a positive spin on the performance of his starting offense in Thursday’s preseason loss at Baltimore. The unit was on the field for just six plays, failed to get a first down and lost one yard before retiring for the night.
Nor did he sugarcoat the debut of rookie running back Samaje Perine, who fumbled once, dropped a pass and didn’t hit open holes as violently as coaches wanted to see.
That said, Gruden made clear he’s not losing faith in the rookie, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons at Oklahoma.
Gruden characterized the team’s poor showing as “a wakeup call” — particularly for his starting offense.
“A good learning experience for our guys,” he said.