Bruce Allen: Gruden's meetings are intense

RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins general manager/president Bruce Allen didn't want to compare the atmosphere in Jay Gruden's first training camp to what it was like the past few seasons. Nor did Allen focus on the drama-free camp, saying if players are handling their jobs then it doesn't matter anyway.

But Allen did single out one aspect of Gruden's first camp that jumped out.

"Coach Gruden's meetings are as intense as you see it on the field," Allen said. "That's going to help our team."

In his post-training camp presser, Allen also said he likes the current preseason format, saying he remembers when teams used to play more than the current four.

"Three's great value in the preseason games," Allen said. "I see it for the players. It'll give players an opportunity to make the team in that fourth preseason game because that's when the backups are going to get all of the plays. It fits well for us."

Among the other topics discussed:

  • Allen said the team discussed the possibility of going on HBO's "Hard Knocks" and will do so again in the future, though he said the Redskins did not want to volunteer for the show this summer because it was Gruden's first training camp as head coach. But Allen was non-committal about whether they'd want to do the show in the future.

  • The Redskins will look into practicing with another team next summer. Allen and the coaches liked working with New England last week, though Gruden said at the time he would prefer to have it held in Richmond if they do it again. Allen did not say if the Redskins would be willing to travel. "Having the Patriots come in just gave us added work where it wasn't live hitting and it allowed the players to perform," Allen said.

  • Allen said the Redskins have approximately $2 million in salary-cap space (ESPN Stats & Information has the Redskins at $2.4 million). "Obviously we're going to have some injuries during the year that will eat that up," he said. "We're going to make those adjustments and look at different options after the third preseason game." They could free up a little more room based on their final cuts, but at that time the entire 53-man roster will count toward the cap and not just the top 51 (out of 90).