There's a reason for that: Gruden and the Redskins liked the work that was accomplished during the three days against Houston.
“These are very, very valuable,” Gruden said.
However, Saturday's session, because of the fight that prompted the teams to finish the practice working on separate fields, did not provide what he wanted. That's why he was upset with his players after the fight.
They wanted to work on red zone and two-minute situations against the Texans, for example. They were unable to do so.
“I do wish we had that practice,” Gruden said.
It's hard to gauge just how well the defense fared, considering injuries forced them to mostly play without corners who will either be on the roster or on the field. Indeed, corners David Amerson and DeAngelo Hall did not practice Saturday.
But one player who was helped by the experience: quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Texans play a much different style of defense than Washington. The Redskins play a lot of single-high safety zones and read the eyes of the quarterbacks. The Texans play a pattern-match zone, which, in essence, is like playing man when a receiver is in their area. So the reads are different and the way a team would attack them is different.
Against Washington's defense, the quarterbacks have thrown to the check-down back quite a bit. But the Texans take that away, based on their style of defense. Griffin and the Redskins went to more sideline routes and tried to attack down the field, splitting the safeties.
The coaches continue to say that Griffin is getting a better feel for throwing with rhythm and anticipation, two areas they absolutely wanted to see entering camp.
Meanwhile, the right side of the line received more good work –- though would have had more without the fight. That was a big part of what the Redskins wanted to see this week, how guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses handled themselves against a player such as Houston's J.J. Watt.
“Sometimes when you're going against each other throughout training camp,” Gruden said, “you don't really have a sense of how well they're doing because they're going against the same guy all the time. When you go against a different people, it's a great measuring stick for both sides.”
The Redskins liked how their line held up over three days when it came to stopping four-man rushes. And, while the pairing of Scherff at guard and Moses at tackle was termed an experiment, don't be surprised if it continues a while longer. Scherff is a natural fit at guard -- it's the spot that every personnel director, scout and coach I spoke to before and right after the draft mentioned -- and Moses' length can be a big help. Moses has made a noticeable improvement compared to where he was in his first camp and probably since he started one game last season. It could be the pairing that opens the season.