Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice – August 7, 2011
On TE Shawn Nelson:
He pulled a muscle and is probably going to be out at least two to three more days.
On the goal line drill:
I thought it was pretty intense for the first live action. I think we’ll get to do it one more time before we go to the first game. For the first time, it was good. Guys acted like they wanted to hit. You better act like that in this league.
On bringing along OL Cordaro Howard slowly:
Yes, we will bring him along very slowly and steadily. He’s coming off that surgery and you want to work him back slowly. With Demetrius (Bell) being out, he’s probably going to get thrown in there a little faster than we would like.
On anything standing out on the goal line drill:
I thought the penetration from the edges on our defense was very good. After the first play, they really dominated the edges.
On the enthusiasm from the players:
They are competitors. Competitors love to compete. They like to compete for the score, or in checkers. They don’t care. They compete. They get excited about the opportunities where we go live.
On how important stopping the run on defense is this year:
The number one priority is for us to be able to come up and stop the run. It’s not necessarily about yards for me. It’s about effectively stopping the run. If it’s 3-and-4 and they gain two, it’s okay. If it’s 2nd-and-23 and they gain 10, you can live with it as long as they don’t make it on third down. It’s about effectively stopping the run when you need to.
On being confident in his defense being able to stop the run:
I’m very confident or we shouldn’t have put this group together. I think that we can line up, hit people and run to the ball the way we need to in order to stop the run.
On WR Naaman Roosevelt:
He is a great young player. God didn’t give him a lot of speed. God didn’t give him a lot of size, but he gets the most out of what he has. He is a very good young player and I’m excited to see how he does in the games this year. He did well when threw him in there last year.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On Naaman Roosevelt:
Of the three undrafted guys last year, Donald and David have a lot of physical qualities that are very special. Naaman is a lot like me, he’s going to maximize his potential with what he’s been given. It’s not like he’s not an athlete because he is. He’s just not going to go out there and play as a 4.3 (speed guy). He’s had a great camp. He’s such a solid receiver. You can put him at any position; you know where he is going to be at all times. That to me is the most important part about being a receiver, is being on the same page at all times and knowing that you can throw a ball and trust that he’s in the right spot.
On improvement from last year:
We went out there last year and we shot ourselves in the foot a few times, but we played well at times too. Offensively we’re a very confident bunch right now.
Center Eric Wood
PM Practice – August 7, 2011
On the goal-line drill:
It seemed pretty even for the most part, which is definitely a good sign. When people are getting after it, it’s a good sign.
On the players enjoying the goal-line drill so much:
We don’t get to do it that much. It’s early and you don’t get to do that mid-year. In training camp, actually getting to tackle and cut-block someone is a little bit of fun.
On QB Ryan Fitzpatrick coming in as the proven starter:
He’s a stud. He has been playing good ball with us for a few years. He has really come into his own. He’s comfortable back there and with the receivers. He’s lighting it up out there and we expect big things from him.
On whether Fitzpatrick is a more aggressive leader now:
Absolutely. It’s his team now. When you’re a backup quarterback you’re not trying to step on anybody’s shoes. He’s in control. He’s the leader. We all have a lot of respect for him. He plays good ball. He’s tough. He’s a good player.
On whether doing the goal-line drill and getting to hit helps shake off a little bit of the rust: Possibly. The defense doesn’t get a lot of open space for tackling. If anything, it creates a little extra competition. You might see how tough somebody is when you have a fullback that has an iso or a one-on-one on the inside. You see how tough guys really are.
On his transition to center:
Everyone is shaking off a little rust right now. Obviously, it’s not perfect, but I’m just coming out here everyday working hard. I’m going to try to be the best that I can be by the end of this training camp.
DE Marcell Dareus
On how training camp is going so far:
Football in the NFL is what I expected it would be; fast, strong and more discipline. And it shows throughout the team. Everyday at practice you see the intelligence of the linemen and quarterbacks, just to be able to think off the top of your head and it’s a lot faster than I thought it would be. But I’m having a great time out there with the guys.
On the biggest surprise so far:
The biggest surprise so far is how much the d-linemen in the NFL know what’s going on in the backfield; the fronts and schemes and knowing exactly what’s about to happen before it happens. Watching film and getting adjusted to everything, that’s probably the biggest surprise for me.
On it being a mental or physical learning curve:
A lot more mental. Everybody is strong, everybody has speed. It’s the mental that gets you over.
On what he’s concentrating on at camp:
Just constantly going at 110%. You have to go 110% every single play, even when the ball is passed, you never know when it might cut back to you. Adjusting those little things and keeping up with everybody, and being accountable for yourself.
On goal-line drills:
You have to go 110% during goal-line drills. That’s something you don’t get too often. Once they let them go at it and let me go down there to work at it. It’s an experience. It’s something that I didn’t think we were going to get into just yet, so it was a surprise. I’m ready for it so it didn’t even matter.
On why the linemen enjoy the goal-line drill so much:
There’s something about the goal-line. You’re right down there with the dogs. There isn’t too much technique or too much running around. You can’t run away from it. You’re going to run through me or I’m going to run through you. This is when a man comes to play.
Cornerback Aaron Williams
PM Practice – August 7, 2011
On the learning curve for a rookie in his first training camp:
It is hard, especially when you have high standards for yourself. I’m not used to getting beat this much, but everybody on the team is good. Once you have issues or problems, you go back to the basics and see what you did wrong. You go back to the film and do it all over again.
On having to have short-term memory as a cornerback:
You definitely have to have short-term memory. If you dwell on the play before, it’s going to come on the next play. You’ll get beat. It’s the NFL here. Everyone is a professional. You have to erase it out of your mind and get ready for the next play.
On advice from the veterans:
Jairus (Byrd) and George (Wilson) have told me to get ready for the next play. Everyone is going to get beat every once in a while. No one is perfect. We are all human. All you can do is play hard.