First OTA. We had four of Phase II workouts. So we are glad to be out here working. We were enthusiastic; we were excited. And that is a good thing. What I talked to them about was, ‘Let’s maintain the consistency of this enthusiasm right through the last practice of the mandatory camp and carry it on into training camp.’
Q: What is Hakeem Nick’s status?
A: I don’t know. He should be here.
Q: Were you expecting him here today?
A: Yeah, sure I did. I expect everybody here. We’re trying to get our team better.
Q: Is he not our here due to his physical status?
A: No, but he would have some kind of limitations, I’m sure. Not right away, but that is not the reason.
Q: What is your level of optimism on getting
A: I’m always optimistic. I’m always looking forward to thinking that when it happens he will be in here and we’ll have time to get some work in right now.
Q: Do you think it is going to happen sooner rather than later?
A: You just asked me and I said that I am optimistic. That is all I can tell you.
Q: What happened to
A: He kind of got (his leg rolled up on) and so we are taking a look at that. I said a few prayers and I’ll continue until I hear what it is.
Q: What is the secret to bringing in new tight ends? This is going to be the fourth tight end in basically four years. They keep producing, though – every one you bring in. What is the key to that?
A: It is a big part of our offense, obviously. There is no enlightenment about that. But get them in here, get them in the offseason program, get them on the field right now. Let them learn the offense and then work with the quarterback. And that is what we continue to try to do. We have a couple of young kids that it is time for them to get going. And that would help us a lot. It is unfortunate that (Larry) Donnell has the injury and can’t go right now, because this would be incredibly valuable time for him.
Q: Is there something that you tie in with all of them – the kind of pieces that you say they all share in common with each other and that is why you choose them in the first place?
A: Well, you would like to think that, yeah. That is why the ones that are drafted are chosen and sometimes in free agency. A certain part of what you are looking for is there, whether it be the universal approach – like it is with Brandon (Myers); so, yeah.
Q: Could you offer any first impressions of (Aaron) Curry?
A: I haven’t seen enough, really. I think he is learning and that has kind of got him a little bit under control.
Q: How much opportunity is there at the linebacker position in terms of jobs?
A: There are plenty of opportunities; everybody has got a great opportunity. There is nothing in concrete there. Matter of fact, I speak about that all of the time. I think it is a great opportunity.
Q: What would you say is the primary mission of the OTAs? Is it familiarity with some of the new guys working? What is the number one mission?
A: Get better; improve; improvement. There is always improvement. Yeah, there are young guys that have to come along, but there are veteran players that there may be one aspect of their game that needs to be improved upon. And we need to get better as a team. We need to get focused again as a team. We have had an awful lot of time away from each other. Now we have a chance to be together again and to get our thinking exactly the same and be on the same page. That is what this is all about is get yourself ready so that coaches can work with the players; get a feel for that. The personnel people can evaluate and see where there may be a need to help a certain area here or there. And allow that the individuals involved in the timing aspect of the game can work together.
Q: What did you think of what you saw from (Jerrel) Jernigan and (Louis) Murphy?
A: Well, I saw a flash play here or there. So that is a good thing.
Q: On the deep one to Jernigan down the left side – could he have shielded the ball a little bit better on that pass?
A: Maybe. But it was a good competitive play. And I was just glad to see that they were both in relatively good position at the end of the play. And Prince made a play.
Q: Does a guy like Curry intrigue you just because of what he has done in the past – how highly regarded he was at one time?
A: No doubt. No doubt. He was very highly thought of and a highly evaluated player coming out of college.
Q: How did (Rueben) Randle do in your estimation today?
A: Okay. He did fine. We haven’t seen a whole lot. Check with me in about five or six practices.
Q: What is the feeling when you take a guy like Curry – about what you can do for him that somebody else didn’t?
A: The feeling is that maybe this time around the player has figured it out. Maybe he didn’t have it all in the proper perspective the first time around. Maybe we can cut right to the chase. He feels a little bit differently about having an opportunity to have a job.
Q: Have you been around him enough at this point to sense the hunger?
A: That is what we talked about when he decided to come here. So I’m thinking that he will do nothing but get better.
Q: Sometimes is it just putting him in a position to succeed?
A: I wouldn’t think that that was the reason. We’ll do whatever we have to do to get him in the spot that he needs to be where he can be his best.
Q: What is the sense that you get from the rookies now integrating with the veterans, even though it is early on?
A: We’ll see. They have only had a couple of days. They get it; they see what is in front of them.
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