HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL
BRIAN DABOLL: So, first, really it's just an extension of the OTAs is really what it is. Just a little bit push back. Had an extra walk-through. Everything else is pretty much the same.
One thing we'll do different is watch practice after since we got a little bit more time after this practice.
But the structure of practice, that will all be the same.
Q. This is the first mandatory activity, so is there any different feel because it is mandatory?
BRIAN DABOLL: No, everybody is here. I mean, everybody has been here. It really is an extension of what we've been doing with a little bit more time meeting and an extra walk-through.
Q. Is there any feeling looking at the end of the week that it's almost a finish line for the off-season program to make sure you get enough in knowing that you're not going to probably see a bunch of these guys for a while?
BRIAN DABOLL: We've been at it for a long time with the extra camp. We've had two. Guys have had great attendance. Feel very good about where we are at in terms of the spring and what we've got accomplished.
Thrown a lot at them. The guys have come in every day with really blinders on ready to work and get better and taking it day by day.
Great appreciation for the work ethic that those guys have put in and the coaches. Long way to go, but we've got a lot accomplished this spring.
Q. Any changes with the red jerseys with Kayvon and Kadarius?
BRIAN DABOLL: No, those guys will still be in red jerseys. Now what they do, and maybe it's a little bit more than they did, maybe a little bit less, but status quo with those guys, too.
Q. What have you seen so far from Daniel Jones from the time you got here to today?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, made progress. That's what we've asked him to do, along with all the players, but he's done a good job. He's really studied. You know, it's different. He's opened up I would say a good amount here. When you're installing a new system, usually players, particularly quarterbacks, they're going to do whatever you ask them to do.
It's really important for our coaches on the offensive side and the defensive side, but with the quarterback to get input and to figure out some of the stuff they like. Some of it is a day of, too, let's do stuff you don't feel comfortable with and see if we can improve on those type of things, those type of throws, those type of concepts.
He's been really good, and so has Ty (Taylor) and Davis (Webb). They've been good to work with.
Q. Is Daniel cleared for contact? If you had a game today, could he play in it?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah. But we don't have a game today. Long way away.
Q. We've seen Josh Ezeudu at left tackle with the ones. Curious, what's the thought process with him? Do you think he is more of a tackle, more of a guard, going to have to move him around?
BRIAN DABOLL: No, he's got good position flex, so he's played inside, he's played outside. Again, we're doing that with a lot of our guys. You'll see them at center, and then in the same group might be at guard.
Not talking about Josh, but other players.
I think now is a good time in the spring to give as many guys different roles as they can do out there, and you can figure out maybe this is something that we missed on that he can do. It's good time to do it now. Again, we're not getting ready for any games. Long way away from that.
Q. When you take over an operation that's been a losing operation for a number of years, how much of what you've done since you got here and maybe this part ending with the spring is about instilling what you want and what you think is most important and also breaking maybe some bad habits?
BRIAN DABOLL: I think all you can do when you have your job is to do the best you can and whatever you feel -- we feel -- I think we have a really good staff that communicates well. Not just the coaches, but the support staff, the trainers, sports science. We're all in this thing together, and you're trying to build a culture you think is right for your football team, when you're a position coach for your position room, a coordinator for the offense.
So I don't really look too far in the rearview mirror or don't get too far ahead of ourselves. Just try to do what we think was best for our football team and the guys we have right now working.
You know, long way to go still.
Q. What's your policy on conditioning and how important is that?
BRIAN DABOLL: For mine personally or the team?
Q. The team. We weren't here one day. I think you had like maybe the D-line running after something. How much of that do you plan on doing here?
BRIAN DABOLL: Well, hopefully you get conditioned throughout practice, the way you run to the ball on the defensive side, the way you finish, the way the offensive line runs down the field.
But I think there is certainly a time and a place for that. You map it out. We've done it throughout camp. The day you guys missed, the one you were talking about, that was what we call fourth quarter conditioning.
So it's pretty extensive. Those guys get pretty tired, and then after that maybe throw a couple more plays at them, because you have to execute in this league under pressure when you're really, really tired.
Again, just to do it just to say we're conditioning, that's -- we really have a mapped out plan of when we do it and why we're doing it.
And if we're not doing a good enough job in practice running after the guys with the ball in their hand or chasing downfield as an offensive lineman or trying to get down there and get an extra block, then you have to offset it by doing something else.
But certainly I think being in top condition is -- fatigue makes a coward of us all. Somebody said that, I don't know if it was Bear Bryant or somebody, but he's right.
Q. How much did you think it hurts that a lot of top playmakers, Shep, Kadarius, and Kenny, didn't get to rep with Daniel? How important does that make the summer for them then?
BRIAN DABOLL: They've thrown with Daniel before. They've done a good job. Again, you can learn different ways, and we're just teaching them how we got to teach them right now.
You would love for everybody to be out here, particularly the skill guys to get reps with the quarterback, but that doesn't happen usually in most places. There is always some guy dinged up or you're giving them an off day. We'll get plenty in the summer here.
Q. How are those three guys doing physically?
BRIAN DABOLL: Coming along.
Q. When you expect them to be able to run routes and work with Daniel?
BRIAN DABOLL: I'm just focused on today. They've all been in the walk-throughs and been getting their reps, they're working, and they will be ready as soon as they're ready. And when they are, we'll get as many reps as we can.
Q. Is Shep running at this point?
BRIAN DABOLL: You would have to ask the trainer that.
Q. The issue that Toney had looked at, was that something lingering from the season or new this spring?
BRIAN DABOLL: I'm not going to get into those. I'm not answering those questions.
Just in regards to injury, guys, I'll give you what I can give you. I'll probably be pretty vague most of the time. Just being honest with you right now.
I'm not going to get into what it is three weeks or five weeks or when it happened. I'm not going to do that. Just out of respect to you guys, I'm just telling you that's the way we're going to approach it.
Q. Going back to the conditioning, how do you balance pushing the guys versus being cognizant of the fact that injuries do pop up, hamstrings, whatnot?
BRIAN DABOLL: Sure.
Q. Striking that balance.
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I think our sports science and our medical staff, our trainers, we talk about that a lot in the meetings. We've been doing training camp schedules right now, and when to fit it in and not fit it in.
You can get a feel outside here when the guys need it and when they don't. You hope you never get an injury; can't buy insurance all the time. If we need to condition, we're going to condition. These guys been working hard, and I think they're in pretty good shape.
I think the strength staff has done a good job with them through all the phases, phase one, phase two, phase three.
Q. How do you evaluate offensive linemen in these unpadded practices?
BRIAN DABOLL: Really know what to do, good communication, footwork, hands, the physicalness and moving guys. We're not running any plays where we're double teaming. Most of it is a passing camp so it's primarily passing.
We're not running any twists or games or things like that. Just be where you're supposed to be, have good technique, and be a good communicator out there.
Q. I'm sure you have a plan for every day. This is what we want to install, this is what we want to get done. As you've gone through that this spring, have there been times you had to hit a speed bump a little bit and say, I thought they could handle this and they really can't. We've got to push it back. Is it all according to plan or do you have to make adjustments?
BRIAN DABOLL: No, I think you make adjustments every day. Practice plan, out here. We had something last week where I kind of just scrapped the periods and just made them all call it where Kafka has got to call it, Wink has got to call it.
You know, there are times when you're a position coach where you're reading the scripts and looking at what the next play is. (And you say to your group,) 'Hey, the next play is this. Make sure you got that in-cut 16 yards,' because you're a position coach.
So then you put the coaches under a little bit of pressure to not have scripts, the players to hear the personnel, turn the music up, turn the crowd noise up a little louder, and try to make them do it under pressure.
Q. How did they do?
BRIAN DABOLL: They did good. Look, these guys have worked their tails off. The coaches have worked really hard. We've made improvement from the first day we got here; we've got a long way to go.
But it's been a good spring.
Q. Is Aaron Robinson going to be able to practice or be on the side?
BRIAN DABOLL: We'll see on that one. I'm going to go in there and talk to Ronnie and those guys right now. He'll probably be in a red jersey, but not 100%.
Q. What did you think of Michael Jocquet, what he's done?
BRIAN DABOLL: I'd say all those corners are in the same boat right now. We're down some, so they're getting a lot of the reps. We're trying to keep them off the receivers because it's not a big press camp. They've all acclimated themselves well.
Q. You spent the past five months learning about your team. What have you learned about yourself and about what it means to be the head guy?
BRIAN DABOLL: Good question. I haven't really thought about it. That you need a good staff around you. You need players willing to work that put in the time and effort, and everyone in the organization is important.
Can't do this job by yourself. Laura Young is outstanding and really done a good job of helping me and keeping me on track. So more about the people in the building than it is about me.
Q. When you build an offense in today's NFL, can you do it without pre-snap motion or movement? Why is that such a big part of it?
BRIAN DABOLL: You'd have to have like every play caller up here on that question. We just try to do what we need to do to attack the defense.
There are plays out there where we just go line up quick and snap it. There are other plays where we move one guy, you can move two guys. I think it's up to the individual play caller and the designer of that offense.
I think the most important thing before shifts and motions is the execution of the overall play; 11 people being on the same page. So whether you decide to shift or decide to use three tight ends or four receivers, you know, that's up to each individual play caller.
The biggest thing is execution of the play and understanding of the concept.
Q. There are a lot of different ways to use tight ends. How similar is what you want to do with Daniel Bellinger to what you did in college?
BRIAN DABOLL: There is some similarities, but, again, there are some differences. It's a little bit of a different system that we run. He's really done a good job for a young player of picking things up. We have thrown him into the mix right away. He's -- again, you'll hear it, a long way to go.
But he's got some traits that we liked when he was coming out. Good size, some quickness, good speed. He catches the ball well. He didn't have a ton of catches there, but he didn't have a ton of targets either. He's done a good job of picking up our stuff.
Q. There was a report about a joint practice against the Jets. Are you going to do that? If so, what do you hope to get out of it?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, plan is right now we're going to do it. I think it's good to practice with the guys from down the street, play in a different conference. I know Coach Saleh. He's a really good coach. We've had some good talks.
I think it's a good chance to come out here and be competitive against some other players that you're not practicing against throughout the summer as long as you do it the right way. We want to treat those guys that they're just like our teammates when you're practicing.
So I think that Coach and I have had some good conversations and looking forward to it.
Q. Going to do that here?
BRIAN DABOLL: Going to do it here.
Q. In the stadium or...
BRIAN DABOLL: I think we're going to do it outside on the fields here.
QB DANIEL JONES
Q. I know it's early, but will it be difficult to get an offense going if you don't have your full complement on the field like deep into the off-season?
DANIEL JONES: I think those guys have done a great job working in meetings. I think they built a good foundation of understanding this offense, and obviously the reps are extremely valuable and we'll need those, need to get those.
But I think all those guys have done a great job locking in, learning the offense, and building a foundation so when they can get out there and run the reps, they're able to go full speed and we'll be able to get what we need to get done done.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about having Davis Webb, who knows this offense, and what he's done to help you and how that dynamic is working out.
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, it's been extremely helpful to have him. He's a super smart guy, like you said, who has a lot of experience in this offense. So to have him in the room to answer questions, to give suggestions, and help you think through things has been awesome.
He's been a huge help to me learning this offense and improving working through all the stuff we're learning so far.
Q. Is it fair to say that he's helped expedite your learning of the offense?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think so. Absolutely. I think he does a great job in the quarterback room with us and then communicating to receivers and tight ends. I think, yeah, he's been extremely valuable.
Q. How do you like the offense in terms of concepts and how it might set you up for success?
DANIEL JONES: I like it. I think it, you know, gives us the ability to put a lot of different guys in different spots that kind of cater to their skillsets and allow them to do what they're best at.
So I think it's pretty versatile that way, and there's tons of different concepts, there are a lot of moving parts trying to keep defense on their heels, so, yeah, I think all that stuff is great.
Q. How different is this from what you did in the past?
DANIEL JONES: There are some similar concepts here and there. Largely, the verbiage is very different, and then there is some differences in concepts and plays as well.
So, yeah, it's a pretty different system I would say.
Q. Are you fundamentally changing anything with your footwork or anything like that?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, I think specific to certain plays there is different footwork that I haven't used as much in the past.
So I think, yeah, learning that stuff, repping it, getting comfortable with it is kind of what this time is for.
Q. How much of an influence have you had on the offense and how it shaped up? Coach said he was going to ask you what you like to do, what you don't like to do. How much of that was incorporated?
DANIEL JONES: There is a constant line of communication between Coach Daboll, Kafka, Shea, me, I think all the quarterbacks. We're always communicating what we like, what we don't like, if we would rather did it out of a certain look or if there is a tweak we want to make.
I think we've all given input in certain situations. I think the big part is learning it first and getting a feel for what it is you don't like, and what you like. You need to run plays, you need to get reps, you need to do it a couple different ways, see it against different looks before you have a great idea.
But I would say there has been a lot of communication between myself, all the coaches, all the quarterbacks on what we like and don't like.
Q. What did you think the day your offense had today? Seemed like it was tough to get going.
DANIEL JONES: I think one drive wasn't as clean. I thought the other two times we moved the ball pretty well. I think there is always going to be plays you want to have back. We're seeing a lot looks for the first time. I think our defense does a good job mixing up pressures and bringing guys from different spots.
We've just got to look at that and correct some things, but kind of up and down. I think certainly some things we want to clean up.
Q. When you guys get a break after this minicamp, will you feel compelled to do more because it's a new offense as compared to last year where it was your second year in an offense, or do you put it away and take care of it in training camp?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think the learning continues, and I'll continue to study and continue to work on what we've started here. Yeah, I don't think you can afford to put it down and just come back during camp. I think everyone will be working to make sure we're in a good spot and coming back to camp ready to go.
Q. Is there more, though, because it's a new offense that you feel like you need to do more here?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think probably so. There is certainly more studying and there is more kind of playbook-specific work rather than just fundamental throwing and stuff like that.
So, yeah, I think there is more of that.
Q. (Regarding Kadarius.) He was a guy who was in and out last year injured; again this spring he has been out. How important you do you think it is to get him healthy for this offense so you guys can kind of do what it is you want to do?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think it's huge to have him. I think in the times he was out there last year you saw what he can do, how special he can be with the ball in his hands.
I think that adds a lot to our offense to have him out there. We need him. I think he's done a great job in meetings, done a great job picking it up and learning this system.
But, yeah, he can be a special player and we'll certainly need him.
Q. Did you get sense of what he's going to be able to do in this system, where he can fit, or is that something you won't really know until he's out there?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think that's something we'll work through when he's out there. Something this offense does well is the ability to move guys around and put them in different spots. I think once he can gets on the field, we'll be able to see that.
Yeah, I think he gives us a special element.
Q. Have you had an opportunity to work with a baseball coach and learn how to slide or done anything differently in the off-season to protect yourself out there as runner?
DANIEL JONES: I have not worked with a baseball coach. I think more than anything, that's just being aware in certain situations and making the decision to go down earlier.
So I think there is things you can watch on tape and learn from it, and I'll continue working on it.
Q. When did you get cleared for full contact?
DANIEL JONES: When exactly that was we weren't playing games and the season was over, so I think it was somewhat irrelevant. I feel good. I've been cleared and I'm ready to go.
Q. So you were ready a while ago?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah. I mean, I've been feeling good. Yeah, I'm good to go.
Q. Have you done all the studying of Buffalo that you plan to do or is there more that you dive into?
DANIEL JONES: I think we'll continue to watch their stuff, continue to watch their plays. It comes up when we're installing plays, when we're looking back at plays you've already installed. Yeah, so that stuff we'll continue to come up and we'll keep watching.
DL DEXTER LAWRENCE
Q. Can you talk about how this defense is coming together? Looks like you're doing a lot of exotic looks, a lot of pressure. A lot of confusion for the offense, but yet it seems like you guys are getting it all down pat.
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, it's important to communicate more than ever really, which is a positive thing. You need to have that on defense. That's what I'm liking most about it, making us talk to each other, learn what everybody around us has, because we could potentially have that.
So that's why it's looking like that, because we all are just talking and communicating, making sure we're on the same page.
Q. Are you communicating on the field also?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I mean, right now we're over-communicating, which you need. We're still learning the defense, trying to get comfortable with it. Yeah, at practice we are still talking on the field.
Q. Would you say at this point you guys are doing as opposed to less thinking or are you still in the thinking mode?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Obviously we've been here for like, what, three, four, however many weeks, so we get more and more comfortable.
So less thinking and more doing, of course, yeah, uh-huh.
Q. What are you learning from Coach Dre that can make you a better player?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Just learning how to manipulate slides and offensive linemen's shoulders, using my hands and length more. You know, rushing, keeping my eyes on my rush man. Little things like that that a defensive lineman has to know.
Q. How different is he from the coaches you've had in the past?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, every coach is pretty much different. He honed in. You know, he tried to teach us from feet up, so kind of get everything working as one.
You know, he's just been great helping us learn and be better.
Q. How much different is your role on this defense from the past ones you played in?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I don't think I have a different role. It's probably just more advanced maybe. I'm becoming an older guy and have more responsibility to be a leader.
You know, I put it on myself to help guys line up or get the strength call, the kind of things I do for myself and for everybody.
Q. Coach Daboll talked about position flexibility. Are they asking you to do more this year?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I mean, everybody can do anything in this defense, which is good. I can drop, I can rush off the edge, I can play linebacker, blitz, little things like that. We're all learning how to manipulate the scheme.
Q. What's the biggest growth in your game this year?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Growth? I just say being a little more productive. Just finishing off plays and just making more plays. That's pretty much it. (Smiling.)
Q. Just to go back to your other answer, you have to know all this stuff, but doesn't necessarily mean that they're asking you to do it. It's just in case it ever comes up; is that correct?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: No, I mean, like I said, Leo can play zero, I can play five, so it's like we're just learning the whole defense just to know where you can potentially be.
Q. Is your primary role still the big guy in the middle to stop the run?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I mean, that's everybody's role. That's our team's goal, is to stop the run. You know, I feel like that's who I am kind of right now.
Just making sure everybody understands we've got to do this first then pass rush. I'm not going to label myself as a run stopper. I have the ability to pass rush.
Q. You kind of alluded to it there. If you look at your PFF grades, you're a pretty good pass rusher. Do you feel like you're underrecognized league-wide?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I don't know what the league thinks. I just go out there and just play football really. Whatever happens after each play, during each play, happens. I just control what I can do each week and each day, and that's get better.
Q. Do you think this defense and the aggressive nature of it will give you a chance to do more of that? You do it well. Do you think you'll get a chance to maximize those skills?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, the just the amount of pressure, simulated pressures. You know, people running wide open if you were watching practice, it's kind of hard to pick up.
So little things like that. Learning where the offensive line is going to set or protect, things like that is going to help everybody.
Q. Your former roomy didn't get his fifth-year option picked up. When see him out there, is he any different?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I don't think he's any different. Honestly, he's a little more vocal, a little more just looking really good, throwing good balls, leading the offense.
So he's looking good out there.
Q. What did it mean to you to get your option picked up?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Just more motivation for me really to keep going and earn more and do more, so that's kind of how my mindset shifted.
Q. Wink always had that big body. Do you see yourself playing a lot more on that zero?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, that's where Leo is three, I'm the nose tackle. But like I said, we play every position pretty much, so I don't think it's just necessarily I'm stuck in the middle being a run stopper.
OL JON FELICIANO
Q. What do you think about how the line and your first team offense did today?
JON FELICIANO: You know, Wink came out with some Wink stuff today. I think the defense won today. You know, we'll be able to grow from it.
Let me tell you, going against Wink's defense is going to be great for us in the long run, but I'm not going to lie to you if it doesn't get frustrating sometimes, you know what I'm saying? Which is great, but not right now.
Q. What about it makes it tough and difficult?
JON FELICIANO: I mean, you have J Love on the frickin' line of – sorry -- in the A gap as a safety playing linebacker.
There is so many people that are playing in positions that you don't expect them to play in. It gets a little hard when you have to identify and you're not actively scheming for it like leading up to the week, you know what I'm saying?
Q. What was it like going against it in Buffalo? You were in a big playoff game up there.
JON FELICIANO: Like I said, we had a good week of learning it, and I think Bobby (Johnson) did a great job and the guys over there to scheme some things. If I can remember correctly, I'm pretty sure we stayed away from some things because it would cause some problems in his defense.
Q. So Wink is cheating in minicamp?
JON FELICIANO: 100%. No, I talk to him before almost every practice. Just kind of what do you got for us today kind of thing. Today he wasn't lying today when he said he got something special. It's going to be great for us.
Q. What do you think of this offense? You played under it in Buffalo. You got a whole new cast of characters. Can they come together quickly?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, I think it's similar to Wink's defense where if you're a defensive playe,r you want to be on that defense because you're always attacking, you always get a chance to get your number called.
In this offense, anyone can get the ball at any time. We're going to be fast and it's never going to be one guy's the guy. I think if you go back to Buffalo, we had Diggs, but Gabe Davis was great and Cole Beasley was great.
Here we have the same thing where we're going to be able to share the ball around.
Q. Are you seeing the same Brian Daboll here that you saw in Buffalo?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, 100%, 100%. I was in Buffalo this weekend and with a couple guys and they were asking about Dabs. Coaches, when they get their first head coaching job, sometimes change and try to be someone else and someone they're not.
Dabs, that hasn't happened. I think he kind of doubled down on being Dabs. I was going to say a dirt bag from Buffalo, but...
Q. I was going to ask you, what is Dabs?
JON FELICIANO: A dirt bag from Buffalo.
Q. Why is that good for a head coach?
JON FELICIANO: I mean, I think he's just authentic. He's going to shoot it to you straight and he's gonna be out here and have juice and have fun.
He's okay with people making mistakes as long as you're making them full speed and as long as they don't become a habit, you know what I'm saying?
So that freedom as a player and his juice, it just all combines to being a happy player.
Q. I thought Dirt Bag was your nickname.
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, I'm trying to throw it on someone else.
Q. How similar is the actual offense to what you did in Buffalo? Did Brian just bring in his offense or are you seeing...
JON FELICIANO: No, we definitely changed some things up. Changed names of certain things and changed some schemes. Up front is about the same but there is definitely little tweaks.
Q. Do you see stuff, oh, that must come from Kansas City because it's not something...
JON FELICIANO: I'm not that smart yet in terms of route running and stuff like that. I hear, yeah. Talking to Davis a lot. In the locker room it's me, 'Quon, and then Davis. Chopping it up with Davis, he tells me things.
Q. Saquon and really a bunch of the playmakers here dealt with injuries last year. What have you seen physically from those guys?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, strictly talking about Saquon, he's my locker mate. He does a great job. He asks me a whole bunch of questions, smart questions that deal with protection or the run game and setting up his block and really picking my mind, and that's really been appreciated, because not all running backs are going to do that, especially a running back with his talent and his skillset.
So that's been great.
Q. What about physically?
JON FELICIANO: He's frickin huge. He's over here squatting what linemen are squatting, and one day he was yelling about Nick Chubb put his squat video up. He's like, I got to beat that.
It's good to see motivation, him having the motivation, him not staying stagnant and being a great player that he is.
Q. For this offense to be successful, does Daniel have to be Josh Allen or how does that...
JON FELICIANO: No, Daniel just has got to be Daniel, and he has to have time to be Daniel. I think that's our job up front is to give him his time. That dude can put the ball wherever he wants to put it. He just needs time.
No one is ever going to be Josh Allen. No one is going to be Daniel. It's hard in this league. Coaches sometimes put on film and tell you, be this person.
Everyone in this league are different people, body moves different. You're never going to be the same person as someone else.
I think Daniel just needs to be himself.
Q. You obviously had a history with Brian Daboll before he came here. For a lot of other guys here, he's completely new. Doesn't seem like he's had a big transition period that some coaches have. You sense your teammates are taking to him?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, people – they always ask me, especially like the first week or two -- is this him? Yeah, same guy. This is him every dang day. You're going to get the same thing.
People were a little hesitant to believe that's how he is all day all the time. I think he shown them over the course of six weeks or however long we have been here that he's the same guy every day.
Q. I would imagine some of them probably told you that's a change from what they experienced in the past.
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, big change.
Q. IPA or Pilsner or what for him?
JON FELICIANO: I don't know. You got to ask him. I'm not sure. I'm not a big drinker.
Q. How has the snapping been coming?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, I mean, honestly, I snapped every day in Buffalo. I played center in Oakland; was the backup center in Oaklan. The backup center in Buffalo. Snapping is kind of is easy. I mean, comes easy.
Q. What do the offensive linemen make of Daniel Bellinger as a blocker, tight end?
JON FELICIANO: I mean, I think this is a passing camp, you know what I'm saying? (Smiling.)
Q. Just throw this at you because I haven't been here all of spring or anything, but a couple times guys have now said about it's okay to make mistakes on the practice field. I know you're new here, but do you get the impression that maybe in a previous year or years that wasn't okay and it became an issue and it got guys off their game?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, 100%. Yeah.
Q. Okay. Can you elaborate?
JON FELICIANO: I mean, you can just kind of tell people get a little scared when they mess up. And no one likes messing up, but like it's okay.
Especially like Dabs wants you to take chances; Bobby wants to you try a new technique. He wants you to go get somebody. If something happens, it's all right. It's not all right, but this is the time for it to happen.
Q. So coming from Buffalo you were used to the idea, if I screw up on the practice field, I need to correct it, but it's not the end of the world. You come here...
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, practice I don't really care. If I get beat -- like I get mad obviously, but if I'm out there trying to perfect a new technique, and I have conversations with Bobby beforehand, like, hey, we're going against this guy, I need to work on my jump set or do X, Y, Z. If you get beat doing that in practice, it's okay. You're learning a new technique. You're working on your skills.
So as a competitor, you don't want that to happen, but when it does happen, you have coaches say it's okay. That's what practice is for. It softens the blow a little.
Q. And it was like that in Buffalo also?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah.
Q. Same thing in the regular season?
JON FELICIANO: Yeah, I mean, even in the regular season, I feel like it's even more because you have to game plan for the player you have to play against. Sometimes that game plan you want to try something that you haven't worked on, so during that week of practice you're doing that consistently throughout the week of practice.
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